Charging your iPod battery

Learn how to charge your iPod's internal rechargeable battery.

Charging the battery

You can charge your iPod battery by connecting it to an Apple iPod Power Adapter or by connecting it to a high-power USB port (or FireWire port, if applicable) on your computer.

Note: iPod nano (4th generation and later) doesn't support FireWire and will not charge from any FireWire-based power source (including the iPod Hi-Fi).

Using a power adapter

If you're using an Apple iPod Power Adapter, connect your iPod to the adapter using the USB or FireWire cable that came with your iPod. Then plug the adapter into a working electrical socket. Adapters are available from the Apple Online Store.

Using your computer

If you want to charge your iPod using your computer, make sure that your computer is on, isn't sleeping (refer to the computer's manual to learn how to prevent your computer from sleeping while your iPod charges), and that the USB or FireWire port you use provides power. If you use USB, connect your iPod to a high-powered port using the USB cable that came with your iPod (or an Apple-branded cable). High-powered USB ports are typically on the computer itself—not on your keyboard, which is low-powered.

If you're using a notebook computer, make sure it is plugged in to power and that the lid or display is open. If the lid is closed, the computer may go to sleep and your iPod won't charge.

FireWire ports on all Macs and some PCs provide electricity. If your FireWire port has only four pins, it doesn't provide electricity. If you're using FireWire, connect your iPod to a FireWire port on your computer using the FireWire cable that came with your iPod (or an Apple-branded cable).

Your iPod battery will be 80 percent charged in about three hours and fully charged in about four hours (time may vary depending on your iPod model). You can disconnect and use your iPod before the battery is fully charged. You don't need to wait until the battery is completely empty before charging it again.

The battery stops charging when it's full, so you don't have to worry if you leave it plugged in overnight (leaving your iPod connected to an electrical source all the time doesn't continuously charge it). If you're using your computer to charge iPod, make sure that you disconnect your iPod correctly when it's finished charging.

For more information about charging your battery, see your iPod User Manual. For more information about iPod batteries, see the iPod battery page.

How to check the battery's status

Your iPod displays a battery icon in the upper-right corner of the screen to show about how much charge is left. If you have an iPod classic that is asleep while being charged, a larger version of the same icon appears in the center of the screen. If you have an iPod shuffle, use the status light to check the charge.

Using an iPod dock

iPod models with a dock connector can be charged while sitting in their docks, as long as the conditions mentioned above for using a computer to charge are met. Make sure that you connect the iPod Dock to a high-powered USB or FireWire port on your computer or to an iPod Power Adapter.

Charging iPod around the world

What if you go abroad? Can you charge your iPod overseas? Yes. The Apple iPod Power Adapter can accommodate the common electrical standards used throughout the world. Consider purchasing the World Travel Adapter Kit so you'll have the right set of plugs for the various outlets you may encounter.

Warranty information

If your iPod is no longer covered by Apple's One Year Limited warranty or the AppleCare Protection Plan for iPod, you may replace the battery for a fee under the Out-of-Warranty Battery Program. See the iPod Battery Replacement Program page for more information.

Charge cycles and more information

Rechargeable batteries have a limited number of charge cycles and may eventually need to be replaced. Battery life and number of charge cycles vary by use and settings. For more information, go to:

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