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The 1.1.1 software update for iPod nano and Fifth Generation iPod provides an easy way for you to set a maximum volume limit to prevent the volume from exceeding a certain level. This feature works with any headphones attached to the headphone jack and with the iPod Radio Remote; other Apple and third-party accessories are not supported with this feature. You can also assign a combination to prevent the setting from being changed which is ideal for parental control.

With iTunes 6.0.5 or later and iPod shuffle Software 1.1.4 or later, you can now set a maximum volume limit for your iPod shuffle.

For further information on listening to iPod responsibly, please visit apple.com/sound.

If you're not sure what iPod model you have, click here to help identify your iPod model.

See "Updating iPod software" to obtain the latest version of the iPod Software and learn how to update your iPod.

Note: Disconnect any accessories from iPod (except headphones) before setting the volume limit.

To set the maximum volume limit for your iPod:

  1. Select Settings > Volume Limit.
    The volume control shows the current volume.
  2. Use the Click Wheel to select the maximum volume.
    You can press Play to hear the currently selected song play while you select the maximum volume limit.
  3. Press the Center button to set the maximum volume limit.
    A triangle on the volume bar indicates the maximum volume limit.

  4. On the Volume Limit screen, click Set Combination to require a combination to be entered to change the maximum volume. Click Done to accept the maximum volume without requiring a password to change it.

  5. If you choose Set Combination, enter a combination:
    1. Use the Click Wheel to select a number for the first position.
    2. Press the Center button to confirm your choice and move to the next position.
    3. Use the same method to set the remaining numbers of the combination. You can use the Next/Fast-forward button to move to the next position and the Previous/Rewind button to move to the previous position.
    4. Press the Center button in the final position to confirm the entire combination and return to the previous screen.

If you turn the volume all the way up after you set a limit, you see a lock icon on the right end of the volume bar in the Now Playing screen that indicates a maximum volume limit has been set.

Note: The volume of songs and other audio may vary depending on how the audio was recorded or encoded. Volume level may also vary if you use different earbuds or headphones. With the exception of the iPod Radio Remote, accessories that connect through the iPod dock connector do not support volume limits.

If you set a combination, you must enter it before you can change or remove the maximum volume limit.

To change the maximum volume limit for iPod:

  1. Select Settings > Volume Limit.
  2. If you set a combination, enter it by using the Click Wheel to select the numbers and pressing the Center button to confirm them.
  3. Use the Click Wheel to change the maximum volume limit.
  4. Press the Center button to accept the change.

To remove the maximum volume limit:

  1. If you are currently listening to your iPod, press Pause.
  2. Select Settings > Volume Limit.
  3. If you set a combination, enter it by using the Click Wheel to select the numbers and pressing the Center button to confirm them.
  4. Use the Click Wheel to move to the maximum level on the volume bar to remove any restriction on volume.
  5. Press the Center button to accept the change.

Note: If you forget the combination, you can restore iPod.


To set the maximum volume limit for your iPod shuffle:

  1. (Optional) Set your iPod shuffle to the desired maximum volume.
  2. Connect the iPod shuffle to your computer.
  3. Select the iPod in the Source pane.
  4. Select the Settings tab in the main window.
  5. Under the options section, select "Limit maximum volume." Note: If you don't see this option, your iPod shuffle doesn't have the necessary software. You can download the latest iPod Updater for free at the iPod website.
  6. Drag the slider to the desired maximum volume. The initial slider setting corresponds to the volume the iPod shuffle was set to when you selected the "Limit maximum volume" checkbox.
  7. To require a password to change this setting, click the lock and enter a password.
  8. Click Apply to save the changes.

Once the limit is set on your iPod shuffle, the status light will flash orange quickly three times to indicate you have reached the set maximum volume limit.

Last Modified: Feb 18, 2012
  • Last Modified: Feb 18, 2012
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