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How to Use the Stopwatch on Your iPod

You can use a stopwatch with a lap timer for timing exercises, jogging, racing laps, seeing how long it takes the bus to travel across town, or finding out how long your friend takes to recognize the song you’re playing. Whatever you want to measure with accurate time to the tenth of a second, the stopwatch is ready for you.

Even while you’re running the stopwatch, you can still use the iPod to play music, videos, audio books, and podcasts. When you play a video, the stopwatch continues to count as usual; when you switch back to the stopwatch display, the video automatically pauses.

To use the stopwatch on an iPod touch, follow these steps:

  1. Tap the Clock icon on the Home screen, and tap the Stopwatch icon along the bottom of the display.

    A stopwatch appears with Start and Reset buttons and 00:00.00 (minutes, seconds, and fractions of seconds) as the stopwatch counter.

  2. Tap the Start button to start counting.

    The stopwatch starts counting immediately, the left button changes to Stop, and the right button changes to Lap.

  3. (Optional) Tap the Lap button to mark each lap.

    Tap the Lap button to record each lap. Repeat this step for each lap — Clock creates a list of lap times.

  4. Tap the Stop button to stop counting.

    The counter stops counting. The left button changes to Start, and the right button changes to Reset. You can resume the count from where you left off by tapping Start, or you can start the count again from zero by tapping Reset.

To use the stopwatch on an iPod nano, follow these steps:

  1. Tap the Clock icon.

    The clock appears.

  2. Swipe left once to see the Stopwatch screen.

    The Stopwatch screen shows zero time and Start and Reset buttons.

  3. Tap Start to start the stopwatch.

The stopwatch starts counting immediately, the Start button changes to Stop, and the Reset button changes to Lap. To record lap times, tap Lap after each lap — each lap and its duration appears in a list on the screen. To pause the stopwatch, tap Stop. Tap Start to resume.

To reset the stopwatch, tap Reset when the stopwatch is paused, which deletes the lap information and makes the iPod nano ready to start a new session.

To use the stopwatch on an iPod classic, follow these steps:

  1. Choose Extras→Stopwatch from the main menu.

    A stopwatch appears with the Play/Pause icon.

  2. Press the Select button to start counting.

    The stopwatch starts counting immediately.

  3. (Optional) Press the Select button to mark each lap.

    Press the Select button to record the current lap time while counting resumes accurately for the next lap. Repeat this step for each lap.

  4. Press the Play/Pause button to stop counting, and then press the Menu button.

    The Stopwatch menu appears. The menu now includes the Current Log option to show the lap timings for the stopwatch session. Also included are previous stopwatch session logs. The iPod saves the stopwatch results in a session log for convenience, so you don’t have to write them down.

  5. Select Resume to resume counting or New Timer to start a new stopwatch session.

    You can resume the stopwatch session from where you left off, or you can start a new stopwatch session.

  6. (Optional) Read your stopwatch logs by choosing Current Log or the date of a previous log on the Stopwatch menu.

  7. (Optional) Delete your stopwatch logs by choosing Clear Logs on the Stopwatch menu.

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