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.

80 comments:

  1. rishi, 11. May 2008, 4:50

    thank u sir it worked thank uuuu

     
  2. Rasmeet, 20. May 2008, 18:34

    thank u sir u r awesome gr8 no word dat can describe u keep up da gud work

     
  3. Emma Brie, 24. May 2008, 1:16

    thank u =D

     
  4. Unique, 30. May 2008, 3:04

    works like a charm….. thanks

     
  5. pawan, 30. July 2008, 0:01

    thanks dudue

     
  6. justin, 13. August 2008, 0:00

    thanx man this really works….. u saved my life…

     
  7. zzzzzzz, 13. August 2008, 2:09

    100% correct it actually works

     
  8. Bob, 15. August 2008, 5:12

    Thank you. You are great. It works

     
  9. jessica, 3. September 2008, 7:23

    tnx…

    whew!!!

     
  10. zoe, 23. September 2008, 21:55

    That is the official reboot, its in the manual

     
  11. Rian, 12. October 2008, 18:45

    yey it worked!!! thank youuuu ssoo much! i guess i wasn’t looking at the manual. wwoohhh! i though i had to wait for the battery to drain, and i wouldn’t want that, i just charged it.

     
  12. Bridget Yarbro, 6. November 2008, 23:45

    Thank you so much for your help. My son is gratful.

     
  13. cheeku, 16. November 2008, 21:15

    brother u are great it is really 100 % correct and working on ipod nano 2g-

     
  14. Imran Suhail, 4. December 2008, 6:54

    Thanks man.Really helped me out.Screw apple engineers for being so stupid and not providind a restart/reboot button/pinhole.

     
  15. Nahid, 17. January 2009, 21:15

    Thanx alot dude……

     
  16. Sriram, 25. January 2009, 0:26

    Thanks man – it worked.

     
  17. belay, 27. January 2009, 1:09

    thanks! whew!

     
  18. katzzz, 2. February 2009, 17:56

    hehehe tnx…funnny… id insuly them for sure if it didnt work out ryt.!

     
  19. Bala, 9. February 2009, 3:45

    Thank u very much.now its working fine…

     
  20. Sarah, 9. February 2009, 16:05

    thanks it really worked

     
  21. brandon, 16. February 2009, 17:29

    mine didnt work but i have dont it before but thanks any way

     
  22. Nitesh, 16. February 2009, 21:05

    thak you so much frend, i was very uspset thanks a lot……

     
  23. Farukh, 18. February 2009, 16:58

    you are genious, it worked thanks alot

     
  24. stacebase, 10. March 2009, 21:52

    cheers thought my ipod broke :)

     
  25. Kiran, 21. March 2009, 4:34

    Thanks, it works now,
    this is really good and usefull information
    many many thanks again

     
  26. Anthony, 27. March 2009, 20:12

    Sir, You are a Leg-End

     
  27. Cristal*, 30. March 2009, 23:52

    Thanks. Awesome!

     
  28. meryl Castelino, 5. April 2009, 23:39

    thanks a ton when my IPOD stopped working my herat came to my mouth but thanks to you it started work………..thnkx a ton……

     
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  30. Joginder poswal, 8. April 2009, 3:07

    its working

    Press and hold both the Menu key and the middle button.

    thanku very much

     
  31. cosa, 1. May 2009, 20:26

    yahooooo it works!thanks man! no need for me to wait until the battery of my ipod will drain.

     
  32. Vishal, 31. May 2009, 23:28

    Thanks dear

     
  33. santz, 12. June 2009, 10:46

    omg i actually thought my ipod was gone:| THANKYU!!!!!!

     
  34. Balaji, 15. June 2009, 0:00

    thanks its really very useful……..

     
  35. Mamta, 18. June 2009, 1:19

    yipee..it works…Thanks lot

     
  36. Jingle, 1. July 2009, 4:49

    Thanks a ton

     
  37. John, 6. July 2009, 2:05

    Thank you Sir,
    It works

     
  38. maggge, 15. July 2009, 21:36

    Cool! it works… THANKS

     
  39. gaurav, 19. July 2009, 18:12

    thanks mate… it really did wonders!Yieeehowwwww!

     
  40. Delphine, 2. August 2009, 23:51

    Thanks .. I got a shock when it hangs and was helpless even when I pluck it into my laptop as it couldn’t even connect to itunes. & there I found this site!! Thanks Francis… You Rocks!!

     
  41. dharmesh, 19. August 2009, 2:12

    thanks buddy it helps me great

     
  42. Jason, 24. August 2009, 12:45

    Thank you very much! Was a big help!

     
  43. Mika, 15. September 2009, 15:13

    Thanks..mr. Lee it works :)

     
  44. Yadnya, 7. October 2009, 5:23

    Thanks……it worked. God Bless You…

     
  45. vassia, 14. October 2009, 23:09

    thanks!!! Big help!!!

     
  46. Zak, 7. December 2009, 6:21

    Mine’s still not working. Looks like it won’t work even after a battery drain but I’ll give it a try.

     
  47. cc, 23. December 2009, 12:58

    thanks mate!!! you’re the star!! yeah

     
  48. Jamyang Tashi, 15. January 2010, 2:36

    hi sir actually i m Jamyang Tashi a student of ugyen academy from Bhutan n i am very happy with your way since i tried a lot of way but it didnt work a at all as yours.so thanks to you :)

     
  49. Anshul, 25. January 2010, 8:19

    thanks a lot!!
    it really helped!
    :D

     
  50. sbpf, 29. January 2010, 19:37

    Thank you thank you thank you !!!

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

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

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

    thanks a lot, it worked….. :)

     
  53. 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

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

    Thanks a million. wrks good! :)

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

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

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

    G-R-E-A-T!!

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

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

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

    thank you so much it works mwah mwah

     
  59. karan, 1. May 2011, 2:05

    gr88888888 man.it ruely worked.hats offfffff

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

    thanks a lot man….. It worked….

     
  61. 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.

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

    thanks a lot it really works ……

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

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

     
  64. BEN, 9. July 2011, 18:57

    NOTHING HAPPENS! IT JUST FLICKS!

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

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

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

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

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

    thanks a lot it really works

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

    thanxxxx a lot…………..

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

    awesome man it worked

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

    Thank U for the Big Help

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

    Thank you…it work

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

    woww fantastic,, thanks a lot

     
  73. 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!

     
  74. 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 :)

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

    Glad I found your solution – thanks a million !!

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

    It’s working. Thaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaanx a lot. . .

    Tk cr n MAY GOD BLS u dear. . .

     
  77. 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…

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

    Thanx sir it really worked

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

    awsome it worked thanks alot

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

    thanks men, you are some saviour!

     

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