The Apple iPod has revolutionized the way we listen to music on the go. Since its release in 2001, it has become the perfect pocket companion for music lovers everywhere. Anyone can operate it, regardless of how tech-savvy you may be. Like most electronics, however, iPods often hit the same snags as other devices: battery drainage, technical malfunctions and freezing. Many people panic when their iPod freezes, but there are ways to get out of this jam without doing any harm to the MP3 player.
Checking the Hold Switch
Apple iPods all have a Hold function, usually embedded in the device in the form of an orange switch. When the Hold switch is on, the iPod is frozen in its current state. You can't make any changes to the device by pressing any buttons, and this is often why many mistake the iPod as frozen. By turning the Hold switch off, however, the settings can be changed. It's important to check to see if the switch is on before you begin attempting to unfreeze your iPod, as it may not be frozen at all.
Unfreezing an iPod or iPod Shuffle
To unfreeze an iPod Shuffle, turn on and off the power switch until it begins to respond to commands. Unfreezing other generations of the iPod are not as easy, but not impossible. On older versions of the iPod (1G through 3G), hold down the Pause/Play and Menu buttons simultaneously until the iPod resets after approximately 5 to 10 seconds. On newer generations (4G and up), hold down the Select and Menu buttons at the same time until the iPod resets. To verify that you have rebooted the MP3 player correctly, look for the Apple logo to appear on the screen.
Unfreezing an iPhone or iPod Touch
The design and operating systems of the iPhone and iPod Touch are drastically different from the original generations of iPods, but they are still susceptible to the same glitches as their predecessors. When an iPhone or iPod Touch freezes, look for the Sleep button and Home button. Hold both of them down simultaneously for approximately 5 to 10 seconds until the device restarts. As with other models, look for the Apple logo to appear to verify that you have successfully rebooted the iPhone or iPod Touch.