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How to Turn on an iPod

written by: Rita A.•edited by: Rhonda Callow•updated: 4/4/2011

Do you need to learn how to turn on an iPod? It certainly doesn't take a long time and it's easy to do. Here are instructions on how to turn on an iPod Touch, Classic, Nano and Shuffle.

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    How to Turn on an iPod Touch

    It is simple to learn how to turn on an iPod. The 4th generation iPod Touch is the latest version, but the other generations are all turned on the same way. Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button until the Apple logo appears on the screen. The Sleep/Wake button is a rectangular button located on the top of the Touch. Once you see the Apple logo, the lock screen appears. Slide the slider over to the right to access the main screen. Simply press the Sleep/Wake button again to put the iPod Touch into sleep mode. To completely turn off the iPod Touch press and hold the Sleep/Wake button for a few seconds until the red "slide to power off" slider appears, then slide the slider.

    iPod Touch 

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    How to Turn on an iPod Classic

    The iPod Classic is known for its capacity. It can hold up to 40,000 songs, 200 hours of video or 25,000 photos. To turn on the iPod Classic simply press any button. That's it! When you press a button, the main screen appears. Move your thumb around the Click Wheel to select an item. Choose the item by pressing the Center button. If you want to go back to the previous menu, press Menu on the Click Wheel. Turn the iPod Classic off by pressing the Play/Pause button for two to three seconds.

    ipod-classic 

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    How to Turn on an iPod Nano 6th Generation

    The 6th generation iPod Nano was introduced in 2010. This iPod is much smaller than the previous iPods, and includes a touch screen. To turn on the iPod Nano 6th generation, simply press the Sleep/Wake button located on the top of the Nano. When you turn it on, the main menu appears. Press a menu item to open it. Turn the iPod Nano off by pressing the Sleep/Wake button again. Note that the 6th generation iPod Nano does not fully turn off. When you press the Sleep/Wake button it goes to sleep, but the battery is still drawing a small amount of current

    iPod Nano 6th Generation 

    To completely turn the iPod Nano off you need to have the latest firmware updates. To make sure you do, connect the iPod to your computer via the USB cable. If there are any available updates you will be asked to update. Click Yes to ensure you have the latest firmware.

    Turn it off by simply holding down the Sleep/Wake button for several seconds.

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    iPod Nano Previous Generations

    The previous generations of iPod Nanos are all turned on the same way: simply press any button. When you turn it on, the main screen appears. To choose a menu item, scroll to the menu item and press the Center button. Turn the iPod Nano off by pressing the play/pause button for two to three seconds.

    ipod nano 

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    How to Turn on an iPod Shuffle 4th Generation

    The iPod Shuffle 4th generation is a small MP3 player that includes voice-over features. This allows the iPod to tell you what song is playing, or if your battery needs to be charged. To turn on the iPod Shuffle 4th generation, simply slide the Hold button on the top far right. To turn it off, slide the hold button to the far left. When you slide the Hold button in the lock position, it puts the iPod to sleep. It does not use as much battery current while in sleep mode. To completely turn it off, press and hold the Play button for a few seconds.

    iPod Shuffle 4th Generation 

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    iPod Shuffle Previous Generations

    To turn on the iPod Shuffle, move the switch on the back to either the shuffle or play in order position. There is a green strip visible on either position. To turn off the iPod Shuffle, simply move the switch on the back to the far right.

    Now that you have learned how to turn on an iPod, you can enjoy many great features, such as music, videos and photos, depending on which iPod you own.

    ipod-shuffle 

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    References

    Apple Support iPod touch: http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1430

    Apple iPod Shuffle: http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=61118

    Apple iPod Classic User’s Guide: http://manuals.info.apple.com/en/ipod_classic_features_guide.pdf

    Apple iPod 6th Generation User’s Guide: http://manuals.info.apple.com/en_US/iPod_nano_4th_gen_UserGuide.pdf

    Apple: iPod Nano 6th Generation software update changes: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4531