How to Eject an iPod From a Computer

By Contributing Writer

After you sync your data files onto your iPod, you must remove it before you are ready to go. Safely ejecting your iPod from your computer is a simple and necessary process when using an iPod.

Microsoft PC

Step 1

Click on the green "Start [Menu]" button in the task bar on the bottom left of the computer screen.

Step 2

Click on the "My Computer" file from the resulting menu.

Step 3

Right-click the iPod drive and click "Eject" from the pop-up menu.

Apple Mac

Step 1

Click on the "Finder" button that is located in the dock.

Step 2

Click on the iPod button.

Step 3

Click on the "File" bar and select "Eject iPod" from the resulting menu.

Both Apple Mac and Microsoft PC

Step 1

After your iTunes has completely synced your data onto your iPod, click on your iPod's name under the "Devices" division in the left column.

Step 2

Click on the "Eject" button directly to the right of your iPod's listed name.

Step 3

According to the Apple website (see Resources section below), you can alternatively "choose Eject iPod from the Controls menu."

Tips & Warnings

  • If you have an iPod shuffle, you do not need to eject your iPod if it "displays a solid amber or solid green LED."
  • Never simply disconnect your iPod from the USB cable so as to avoid damage to the iPod unless your iPod's LED screen shows the word "Charging" or the phrase "Ok to disconnect" or any of the iPod menus.