How To Reset or Restart a frozen iPod Mini in 3 Steps

iPod Mini
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Nobody likes it when their iPod mini freezes up and stops responding to clicks. When computers freeze up, you know how that to fix that problem — restart them. But since iPods don’t exactly have on/off switches, how do you restart them?

Luckily, resetting a frozen iPod mini is pretty easy. Here’s how you do it (this works for the both the first- and second-generation iPod mini).


Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: Less than 1 Minute

Here's How:

  1. NOTE: First make sure that your iPod’s hold button isn’t on. This is the little switch at the top left corner of the iPod mini that you can move to “lock” the iPod’s buttons. If this is on, you’ll see a little orange area at the top of the iPod mini and a lock icon on the iPod’s screen. If you see either of these, move the switch back and see if this fixes the problem.

    If the hold switch wasn’t the problem do the following:

  2. Move the hold switch to the on position and then move it back to off.

  3. Hold down the Menu button on the clickwheel and the center button at the same time. Hold these together for 6-10 seconds. This should restart the iPod mini. You’ll know the iPod is restarting when the screen changes and the Apple logo appears.

  4. If this doesn’t work at first, you should repeat the steps.

  5. If this doesn’t work, you should try plugging your iPod into a power source and let it charge. Then repeat the steps.

  1. If this doesn’t work, you may have a bigger problem, and ought to get more help.

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