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The default calibration for Nike + iPod is quite accurate for most users. You can improve the accuracy by calibrating the Nike + iPod Sport Kit or Sensor to your natural running and walking style.

This article has been archived and is no longer updated by Apple.

For up-to-date information, see the most recent Nike + iPod User Guide.

Tip: You can do a calibration using your most recent workout with an iPod nano (4th generation) or iPod touch (2nd generation). See the "Calibrating using your last workout" section below.

To calibrate Nike + iPod for running and walking for your iPod nano:

Note: You must travel at least a quarter of a mile for calibration to be successful.

  1. Attach the Nike + iPod receiver to your iPod nano and link to your sensor.
  2. Choose Nike+iPod > Settings > Sensor > Calibrate and press the Center button.
  3. Choose Run and choose a distance.
  4. Choose music to accompany your calibration workout.
  5. Press the Center button and run the set distance at a steady, natural pace.
  6. Once you've completed your run, press the Menu button and choose Done Calibrating. A message tells you if the calibration was successful.
  7. Repeat steps 2–6, choosing Walk in step 3 and walking at a steady, natural pace in step 5.

To calibrate Nike + iPod for running and walking for your iPod touch (2nd generation):

Note: You must travel at least a quarter of a mile for calibration to be successful.

  1. Enable the Nike + iPod feature and link to your sensor.
  2. Choose Nike+iPod > Calibration from your Home screen.
  3. Choose Run and choose a distance.
  4. Choose music to accompany your calibration workout.
  5. Tap the green Play button and run the set distance at a steady, natural pace.
  6. Once you've completed your run, tap the End Workout button.

  7. Repeat steps 2–6, choosing Walk in step 3 and walking at a steady, natural pace in step 5. 

Calibrating using your last workout:

If you have an iPod nano (4th generation) or iPod touch (2nd generation), you can calibrate Nike + iPod using the workout you just finished. This is useful if you’ve traveled a known distance that doesn’t match the summary distance displayed on your iPod. At the end of your workout:

iPod nano (4th generation)

  1. Press the Center button, and choose End Workout.
  2. At the Workout Summary screen, press and hold the Center button.
  3. Choose Calibrate.
  4. Select the actual distance you walked or ran, and press the Center button.

iPod touch (2nd generation)

  1. Tap End Workout.
  2. At the Workout Summary screen, tap Calibrate.
  3. Select the actual distance you walked or ran and tap Done in the top right corner.
  4. Tap Done at the Workout Summary screen.

iPod detects whether the workout was a walk or run and correctly uses the new calibration in place of the existing one.

Additional Information

Note: Even after calibrating, the accuracy of the distance measurements may vary depending on gait, running surface, incline, or temperature.

For more information on Nike + iPod, see the Nike + iPod User’s Guide.

Important: Information about products not manufactured by Apple is provided for information purposes only, and does not constitute Apple's recommendation or endorsement. Please contact the vendor for additional information.

Last Modified: Jun 20, 2009
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