Check the status light and battery charge on your iPod shuffle

When you turn on your iPod shuffle, you can check its status light for the approximate battery charge and other information.

Pick your model of iPod shuffle. If you have an iPod shuffle (4th generation), learn what to do

      iPod shuffle (3rd generation)

iPod shuffle (3rd generation)

To check your battery charge, look at the status light or use VoiceOver.

Check the status light

  • Green: 50% - 100% charge 
  • Orange: 25% - 49% charge 
  • Red: Less than 25% charge 
  • Blinking red: Less than 1% charge 
  • Blinking orange: Device is syncing with iTunes or in use as a disk
  • No light: No charge or device is turned off (If you plug into power and still don't see a status light, your USB connection might be loose or your computer might be turned off)

Use VoiceOver

  1. Put on your headphones and plug them into your iPod shuffle. 
  2. Check that your iPod shuffle isn't connected to a USB cable. 
  3. Quickly turn your device off and back on. Through your headphones, you'll hear VoiceOver announce the approximate battery charge.*

During playback, VoiceOver also automatically announces when you reach 10% battery charge. And if your iPod shuffle is about to turn off because of very low battery, you'll hear a three-tone chime.

iPod shuffle (2nd generation)

There are two ways to check your battery charge:

iPod shuffle (2nd generation)


  • If your device is already on, you can check the battery charge without stopping playback. Quickly turn your device off and back on, then check the color of the status lights. 
  • Look at the status lights when you disconnect your iPod shuffle. 

Here's what the status lights mean:

  • Green: 31% - 100% charge
  • Orange: 10% - 30% charge
  • Red: Less than 10% charge
  • No light: No charge**
  • One green blink followed by two orange blinks for 10 seconds: Device should be restored because of an error


iPod shuffle (1st generation)

iPod shuffle (1st generation)

To check the battery charge, press the battery status button and look at the color of the status light. Here's what the lights mean:

  • Green: High charge
  • Orange: Low charge
  • Red: Very low charge
  • No light: No charge**
  • Blinking orange: Device is in use as a disk

**If your battery has no charge, you can charge to 80% in about two hours and 100% in about four hours.

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