Tips to Save Power with Your iPod - dummies

By Tony Bove

The iPod classic and older models include a hard drive — and whatever causes the hard drive to spin causes a drain on power. iPod nano, iPod shuffle, and iPod touch models use a flash drive, which uses less power but still uses power when playing content.

The iPod touch also uses power doing things like accessing the Internet, using Bluetooth devices, keeping up with notifications, and running apps. Keeping these activities to a minimum can help you save power.

The following are tips on saving power while using your iPod:

  • Pause. Pause playback when you’re not listening. Pausing (stopping) playback is the easiest way to conserve power.

  • Lock it (with the iPod nano or iPod touch). Press the sleep/wake button on top to immediately put it to sleep and lock its controls to save battery power. You can set your iPod touch to automatically go to sleep by choosing Settings→General→Auto-Lock from the Home screen, and then choosing 1 Minute, 2 Minutes, 3 Minutes, 4 Minutes, or 5 Minutes (or Never, to prevent automatic sleep).

  • Hold it (with the iPod classic). Flip the Hold switch on the iPod classic to the locked position (with the orange layer showing underneath) to make sure that controls aren’t accidentally activated. You don’t want your iPod playing music in your pocket and draining the battery when you’re not listening.

  • Back away from the light. Turn down the brightness on an iPod touch by choosing Settings→Brightness and dragging the brightness slider to the left. Turn it down on an iPod nano by tapping Settings→General→Brightness.

    Use the backlight sparingly on the iPod classic — select Backlight Timer from the iPod Settings menu to limit backlighting to a number of seconds or set it to Off. (Choose Settings from the main menu.) Don’t use the backlight in daylight if you don’t need it.

  • Don’t ask and don’t tell where you are (with an iPod touch). Turn off Location Services if you aren’t using apps that need it. Choose Settings→Privacy→Location Services from the Home screen, and tap On for the Location Services option at the top to turn it off (tap Off to turn it back on).

  • Let the postman ring twice (with an iPod touch). Check e-mail less frequently. You may want to turn off Push and change your Fetch settings. Turn off instant notifications from Facebook and other sources.

  • Put a cap on Bluetooth (with an iPod touch or iPod nano). Turn off Bluetooth (choose Settings→General→Bluetooth and tap the On button to turn it off) if you’re not using a Bluetooth device.

  • Drop back in from the Internet (with an iPod touch). Turn off Wi-Fi when not browsing the Internet or using Maps: Choose Settings→Wi-Fi and tap the On button to turn it off.

  • Fasten your seat belt (with an iPod touch). Turn on Airplane Mode to automatically turn off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth at once, before the flight attendant reminds you to do it: Choose Settings and tap Off to turn Airplane Mode on.

  • Turn it off completely. To turn off an iPod nano, press the Sleep/Wake button. To turn off an iPod classic, press and hold the Play/Pause button. To turn off an iPod shuffle, slide the switch to the off position, hiding the green layer underneath the switch.

    You can turn the iPod touch completely off by holding down the sleep/wake button for about 2 seconds, until you see the Slide to Power Off slider; then slide your finger across the slider to turn it off. You can then turn it back on by pressing and holding the sleep/wake button.

    Starting an iPod touch or iPod classic that was completely turned off takes quite a bit of power — more than if it woke from sleep. If you do turn it off, plug it in to AC power or your computer before turning it back on.

  • You may continue. Play songs continuously without using the iPod controls. Selecting songs and using the back and forward buttons require more energy. Also, turn off your iPod equalizer (EQ) if you turned it on — choose Settings→Music and tap EQ, and then tap Off.

Always use the latest iPod software and update your software when updates come out. Apple constantly tries to improve how your iPod works, and many of these advancements relate to power usage.