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How to Turn Off an iPod nano


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7th Generation iPod nano

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Question: How to Turn Off an iPod nano
After buying the 7th generation and 6th generation iPod nano, a lot of people have expressed the same complaint: "I can't turn off my iPod nano." At first, there was nothing that they could do, but now there is a way to turn off the 7th and 6th gen. iPod nanos.

In order to turn off the 7th generation and 6th generation iPod nano--rather than just put it to sleep, which was the only option when it was first released--do the following:

  1. Make sure you're running iPod nano OS 1.1 or higher. This update was released in late February 2011. Learn how to check for and install iPod software updates.
  2. Once you're running that software, you can turn off the iPod nano by pressing down the hold button on the top right of the nano. You'll see a progress wheel on the screen. Hold the button until the screen goes dark.
  3. To turn the nano back on, simply hold the button again until the screen lights up.

It's important to note that most functions of the nano--music, voice memos, pedometer, etc.--will be stopped when you turn it off. However, if you turn the nano back on in less than 5 minutes after turning it off, what music was playing will be remembered.

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