How to restart your Apple iPod when it crashes / hangs

You and I both know that ipods sometimes crash, as great a product as it is, it still has its cons. The bad side of the ipod crashing or hanging is that there is no way to remove the battery for a hard reboot of the ipod’s internal software. So, I had a search on the internet on “How to restart the ipod when it hangs“, and boy was it hard to get a straight answer. I don’t even think the guys at Apple know how to restart their ipods, I mean other than the engineers. It would be funny if Steve Jobs fires an engineer, everytime an ipod Hangs.

Anyways, below are the steps to recovering your ipod after it hangs or crashes.

  1. Make sure you ipod has actually hanged or crashed, you will know if it is non responsive (pushing buttons with no key lock) and it doesn’t play any music.
  2. Press and hold both the Menu key and the middle button.
  3. Hold both these keys under your ipod gets forced into a reboot.
  4. If all else fails, call Apple and abuse the customer service representative.

If you know of a better way, or the OFFICIAL way to do it, do let me know, so that I can publish it for everyone’s benefit. I am 100% sure everyone will be happy to know that there is a way to restart an ipod.


  1. prerna, 27. February 2010, 15:35

    yeah it wrks….
    thnx a lot!!!!!
    u rock man!!!

  2. Manjunath.V.T, 18. March 2010, 7:03

    thanks a lot, it worked….. 🙂

  3. sambhav jain, 22. August 2010, 22:37

    thank you sir i was crying because of ipod hang because my mummy will kill me if i will told her that my ipod has crashed

  4. Jacob, 30. August 2010, 20:01

    Thanks a million. wrks good! 🙂

  5. anand choudhury, 26. December 2010, 6:53

    thanks a lot really it works and there is no data loose

  6. dAWOOOD, 1. March 2011, 22:40


  7. addis, 27. March 2011, 22:02

    WTF i tried so many things and i was gonna throw my new ipod tnx men .

  8. kim, 21. April 2011, 18:04

    thank you so much it works mwah mwah

  9. karan, 1. May 2011, 2:05

    gr88888888 ruely worked.hats offfffff

  10. Ricky, 7. June 2011, 16:56

    thanks a lot man….. It worked….

  11. Pranta, 13. June 2011, 4:21

    Thank you so much for this advice, it really worked……i would have gone mad had it not worked…..loads of love. God Bless.

  12. akash karki, 23. June 2011, 21:32

    thanks a lot it really works ……

  13. alan, 28. June 2011, 22:26

    tq friend its really worked …when i press n hold both button ita working hahaha tqtqtqtq

  14. BEN, 9. July 2011, 18:57


  15. wendy, 24. July 2011, 9:20

    excellent i thought my i pod was broken forgood. thanks!

  16. ramesh gandhi, 4. August 2011, 0:58

    that’s great it is an awesome idea ….u r great

  17. NITIN D, 9. August 2011, 23:23

    thanks a lot it really works

  18. garry sehoda, 29. August 2011, 19:38

    thanxxxx a lot…………..

  19. vrushank, 15. October 2011, 22:51

    awesome man it worked

  20. FRINOJ, 18. November 2011, 4:32

    Thank U for the Big Help

  21. linda, 6. December 2011, 20:53

    Thank you…it work

  22. riyan, 9. December 2011, 22:30

    woww fantastic,, thanks a lot

  23. Peter, 8. January 2012, 10:46

    Had my ipod classic for 3 yrs, this is the first time it has died completely. I thought the electronics had failed. Another website wanted £97 up front to repair. You just saved me shed load of money!

  24. Aleena, 22. January 2012, 20:54

    Thank you man! I really really does work. I just got all my data back! Phew! What a relief!! I would have died otherwise… Thanks a million …. God bless you 🙂

  25. Barry Jones, 7. February 2012, 1:05

    Glad I found your solution – thanks a million !!

  26. Vipan Kumar, 12. February 2012, 22:46

    It’s working. Thaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaanx a lot. . .

    Tk cr n MAY GOD BLS u dear. . .

  27. Hemanth, 23. February 2012, 7:09

    Thanks a ton dear.. i have done this before but just forgot since its long ago i used ipod. I tried pressing & holding all the buttons..
    With your tip its working fine now…

  28. Gaurav, 26. February 2012, 21:04

    Thanx sir it really worked

  29. sangay, 4. March 2012, 4:29

    awsome it worked thanks alot

  30. tipsy, 13. March 2012, 6:05

    thanks men, you are some saviour!


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