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Apple iPod Does Not Want to Turn Off

Posted by David  •  Oct 10th, 2006 12:06:06 pm - Subscribe | Mood: good | Music: The New Amsterdams - Turn Out The Light

Explains what to do when your Apple iPod does not want to turn off / power off.

Not many people this have problem but when it does happen try these steps thre is a great chance they will resolve this error. Keep in mind that this happened to me yesterday and this is what I tried to do:

How to get an Apple Ipod to Turn off when it Does Not Want to Turn Off

  1. Toggle the Hold switch on and off. (Slide it to Hold, then turn it off again.)
  2. Press and hold the Menu and Select buttons until the Apple logo appears, about 6 to 10 seconds. You may need to repeat this step.
  3. Try plugging your iPod to your PC and repeating the steps listed above
  4. Update the iPod using the iPod Updater
  5. Restore iPod to factory settings
  6. Contact Apple directly at Apple Support
  7. Wait for the battery to die then plugin to the cable source to charge, then turn off.
  8. If all the above steps do not work get a hammer and smash the iPod into tiny little bits...but get it on video and email it to us at Aeonity. happy.gif

Step five, solved my issue...and my iPod now works fine.

Noted From Apples Readme.rtf
To learn how to use your iPod with step-by-step instructions and easy-to-follow movies, see the iPod tutorials at Click Learn More in each tutorial to see more great tips and instructions. And be sure to check out iPod 101, our fun, free series of online courses that'll teach you everything about using iPod, iTunes, and the iTunes Music Store. For more information, visit

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anonymous Says:
March 17th, 2008

Thanks for the tip - fortunately toggling the hold button worked and thus smashing my feeble iPod Nano into tiny pieces wasn't nescessary.

anonymous Says:
August 14th, 2008

My 2+ yr-old Ipod 1st Gen Nano has this issue, but none of the fixes work. Tried resetting 10 times, updating, resetting to factory default. The only way it turn off is if I have it plugged into the PC or charger. But as soon as I take it off the charger/usb cable, it starts loosing the charge on the batt, even if it stays off. Everything was cool until a week ago. What gives??

anonymous Says:
August 14th, 2008

Smashing video, to come soon!!! :'(

anonymous Says:
September 21st, 2008


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September 21st, 2008


anonymous Says:
December 09th, 2008

Thanks! It worked!!

anonymous Says:
January 31st, 2009

thank you thank you thank you! it worked after step 2!

anonymous Says:
July 02nd, 2009

well it worked till i switched it off after restoring and everything went back to the previous problem i was having of not being able to turn it on.

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