How to use the IPOD Classic and Mini?

I noticed some users need a refresher course on how to use the IPOD. Its very simple, you’ll be a pro in minutes. In this post, i’ll cover the basics of using an IPOD Classic. (I guess this will be similar to the mini too).

*I will not be covering the transferring of songs here, you can search for those instructions easily online. 1a

Step 1

On the right, you will see the Hold button and the earphone  jack. The earphone jack is where your 3.5mm earphone goes.

Mr. Hold button is our best friend, he will be helping us conserve battery power.

  • When the hold button is switched on, you will see a lock symbol appear on the screen.
  • When the hold button is on, this means that the buttons in the front of the iPod will not be accidentally pressed when its in your bag or pocket.
  • Thus conserving battery power

Step 2 2a

You can see in the picture the scroll wheel.

  • The scroll wheel helps you navigate up and down.
  • The menu button allows you to back up the menu, go backwards while you navigate
  • The forward and reverse is used to forward and back track the songs
  • The play and pause button is used to play a song, to pause it and also is the same button to shut down the iPod.
  • Holding the play/pause button for 2 seconds will turn it off. After you turn it off, remember to activate the hold button.

Step 3

I normally supply a third party cable for you to transfer and charge your IPod. If you have 3aan original cable, it will fit the best. They are the same 30-pin from your older iPhones and iPads.

Third party cables are usually too tight, so plug in slowly and it should get better over time.


How do I turn off my IPOD Classic or Mini?

Here’s what you can do to turn it off (By default the IPOD should always be on standby mode)3

  • Press and hold the “Play/Pause” button. Wait until the display disappears.
  • Toggle the Hold switch. This is located on the top of the iPod. Turning Hold on will keep your iPod from accidentally turning on if a button is pressed. Toggle the switch again to turn the iPod back on. (Thus always in standby mode)
  • Sometimes by pressing the “Play/Pause” button doesn’t turn off the display.
    • You can try toggling the hold switch  or
    • You can play a song or switch a few songs before holding the “Play/Pause” button again
  • If the above still doesn’t work, do a reset to the IPOD. (This could be found in the Tips and Tricks Category)

How to reset my IPOD Classic Or Mini?

Sometimes the IPOD hangs, could be due to the software maybe?

6Well, let me share on how to reset the IPOD by different Generations.

For Generation 4, 5 ,6 and Mini with the Click Wheel

  • Slide the Hold switch to the locked position and then slide it to unlocked again
  • Press and hold the Menu and Center (or Select) buttons together until you see the logo (about six to eight seconds). You might need to repeat this step

For Generation 3, 2 and 1

  •  You can hard reset by holding the menu and play/pause buttons together for a few seconds
  • Screen will go blank and you will be greeted by the logo
  • You will then be asked to select the language