iPod Won't Turn On and How to Fix: 4 Easy Fixes

What happens if you take up your iPod and it wont turn on? If you own an iPod and it does not turn on, do not panic! Just apply the following four solutions.

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Sofia Albert updated on Sep 05, 2023 | Home > iOS & Mac Topics

iPods are a great source of entertainment on the go. You take it out of your pocket and listen to your favorite music. However, things can go another way. Sometimes you come across "iPod is Disabled, Connect to iTunes." In other situations, your iPod just simply won't turn on. So in this article. we will talk about What to do if you take up your iPod and it won't turn on. Keep reading on!

Well, that can happen to you. At the end of the day, it's an electronic gadget that may face trouble. But, there's no need to worry about it. Here are several solutions that you may apply to fix this not-turning-on problem. 

How to Fix iPod Won't Turn-On Problem

If you own an iPod and it doesn't turn on, don't panic! Just apply the following four solutions. After doing this, your iPod will probably get back to its working state. So, without any further delay, you can start with the first solution.

1. Force Restart the iPod

The first method you should apply when your iPod doesn't turn on or freeze is to force restart the iPod. The step-by-step process to force restart an iPod varies from model to model. Here, we will share how to force restart your iPod Nano, Shuffle, or Classic.

If you own a 7th Gen iPod nano, here's the step-by-step guide to force restart your iPod.

i) iPod nano (7th gen)

Step 1. First of all, press and hold both the Sleep/Wake button and Home button until the screen turns off.

Step 2. After this, it will take some time. Wait for your iPod to restart.

Step 3. If it doesn't, plug it into the power, and repeat the process.

ii) iPod shuffle

If you own an iPod shuffle, here's the step-by-step guide to force restart your iPod.

Step 1. Start with unplugging your iPod from everything.

Step 2. After this, turn it off with from the power switch. Make sure it's off and no green light is visible.

Step 3. Wait for a few seconds, and turn on your iPod again.

iii) iPod classic

Here's the step-by-step guide for iPod classic users if their iPod is not working.

Step 1. Start by moving the hold switch firmly to the off position so that you don't see orange by the switch.

Step 2. In the next stage, press and hold the "Menu" button and the "Center" button for a few seconds until the Apple logo appears on the display.

2. Charge Your iPod

If your iPod doesn't turn on or get out of its freeze state, the probability is high that your iPod is low on charge. Charge your iPod for a while and it will probably fix the issue. Here's how to charge your iPod if it's not working.

Step 1. First of all, connect your iPod to the original charging cable (the one you got with the iPod).

Step 2. Plug the other side of the cable into a power outlet. For this purpose, you may use a USB adapter or a USB 2.0 or 3.0 port on a Mac or Windows PC. You can also use a USB hub, docking station, or another Apple-certified power accessory. Make sure you use an original power source.

Step 3. After a few minutes, a charging screen or Apple logo will appear on the display. Keep your device on charge for the next 30 minutes. This practice will probably fix the problem.

3. Reset Your iPod via iTunes/Finder

If charging the iPod or performing the force restart doesn't offer any result, the next solution you should go with is the restore your iPod via iTunes/Finder. The process is not much different from how you restore your iPhone. Here are the details of how you can restore your iPod via iTunes/Finder.

Step 1. Before you go straight into the restoring process, you need to ensure one thing. If you own an iPod nano or classic, then put it into "Disk Mode."

Step 2. Make sure you have the latest version of iTunes on your Mac If you're running macOS Mojave or earlier. On the other hand, Mac users with macOS Catalina or later can restore their iPod via Finder.

Step 3. After this, connect your iPod to your Mac or Windows device and launch iTunes or Finder.

Step 4. Your iPod will appear inside the application. Select your device, and tap on the "Restore iPod" option. It will restore your iPod instantly.

Step 5. Now, turn on your iPod to confirm whether the problem is fixed now.

reset ipod

4. Contact Apple Support

 In case none of the above-mentioned solutions work out for you, there is probably a hardware problem with your iPod. Unfortunately, you can't fix a hardware issue especially if the device is under Apple's warranty. So, in this situation, the best solution is to contact Apple customer support as soon as possible. They will thoroughly look into your device and fix it if there is any hardware issue.  

contact apple support

iPod Won't Turn On: Why This Happens

We have already discussed the different solutions but it's also important to know why this happens. Well, there could be several reasons why your iPod won't turn on. Here are a few of them.


Any charging-related issue could be the very first reason your iPod won't turn on. It could be due to low charge or any sort of dirt inside the charging dock.

Software Glitch

Like smartphones, your iPod may face software glitches that can lead to an iPod freezing.

Hardware Issue

Any damaged part of your iPod may cause the device to stop working.

Bonus: How to Fix "iPod Touch Won't Turning on" Problem

If you also have an iPod Touch and it can't turn on due to some unknown bugs, then you can try EaseUS MobiXpert to repair the iPod system. It provides two repair options. It is suggested to try the "Standard Repair" option first. And if the operating system is severely damaged and the "Standard Repair" function doesn't work at all, then you are expected to try the "Deep Repair" feature.

Step 1. Launch EaseUS MobiXpert on your computer, choose "System Repair" from the Home page.

MobiXpert hompage

Step 2.  Then, choose "iOS/iPadOS System Repair" from the new screen.

ios system repair

Step 3. Connect your iPhone or iPad to the computer and choose "Standard Repair." If you want a thorough repair, you can choose "Deep Repair."

select repair mode

Step 4. Confirm your device model and click "Next" to move on. Then, EaseUS MobiXpert will download a firmware for you, which will take a while. If you have installed a firmware before using this software, you can directly click "Verify" to continue.

verify firmware

Step 5. Then, click "Repair Now" to start the repair process. After the repair completes, you can check your device and restart it for use. 

erpair complete


Non-responsive iPods can be a daunting problem, but there are always solutions to deal with it. Using practical solutions can resolve the issue. First of all, you can start by charging your iPod and checking the power source. 

If that doesn't work, there are other ways as well. You can try restarting or resetting your iPod. Apart from that, you can also restore your iPod. However, if all these solutions don't offer any results, then there will probably be a hardware issue. For this, you need to contact Apple technical support.

FAQs on iPod Won't Turn On

Read some of the FAQs on this topic.

1. How to force restart my iPod?

The way to force restart of iPods may vary according to their generation. However, the usual way to force restart an iPod is:

  • Press and hold both the Sleep/Wake button and Home button until the screen turns off.

2. Can I still turn on my iPod which has been off for multiple years?

Yes, you can surely turn on an iPod that has remained turned off for several years.

3. What to do when my iPod is stuck on the Apple logo and then turns off?

You can charge, restart, or restore your iPod if it freezes on the Apple logo and then turns off.