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Archived - iPod nano (6th generation): Controlling iPod nano during a workout

You can use your iPod nano (6th generation) button controls to pause and resume your workout, change songs, hear spoken feedback, or switch to a PowerSong for extra motivation. If you use Apple headphones with a remote, you can control your workout with the remote.

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The most efficient way to control your workout is to set iPod nano to pause and resume your workout when you double-click the Sleep/Wake button. For example, if you’re stopped at a traffic light, double-click the Sleep/Wake button to pause, then double-click to resume after the light turns green. Or, if you’re running a marathon and arrive at the finish line, a quick double-click pauses the workout so you can catch your breath before turning the screen on and ending your workout.

To set the Sleep/Wake button to pause a workout

  1. On the Home screen, tap Settings:
  2. Tap Music, and then tap Sleep/Wake Button.
  3. Tap to turn it on.
  4. Select the option to Play/Pause.

The table below describes how to control iPod nano during a workout

Pause a workout
  • Tap the screen, then tap (if the screen is dark, click the Sleep/Wake button first).
  • Double-click the Sleep/Wake Button if you set the preference to Play/Pause.
Resume a paused workout
  • Tap the screen, then tap Resume (if the screen is dark, click the Sleep/Wake button first).
  • Double-click the Sleep/Wake button if you set the preference to Play/Pause.
Choose a different song
  • Tap the screen, then tap (if the screen is dark, click the Sleep/Wake button first). Then tap Change Music and make a selection.
  • Double-click the Sleep/Wake button if you set the preference to Next Track.
Play your PowerSong
  • Tap the screen, then tap PowerSong (if the screen is dark, click the Sleep/Wake button first).
  • You can also press and hold two fingers on the screen to play your PowerSong.
  • Set your PowerSong in Settings > Fitness before you start the workout.
End a workout
  • Tap the screen (if the screen is dark, click the Sleep/Wake button first), tap , and then tap End Workout.
Hear spoken feedback
  • Stop your workout. iPod nano speaks your workout statistics for quick reference.
  • If you're using Apple earphones that have a remote, you can press and hold the center button to hear current statistics such as pace, distance, and calories burned as you're working out.
Last Modified: Mar 28, 2014
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