If you just got an iPod nano and haven't had an iPod before, you may be looking for a way to turn off the iPod nano. Well, stop your search because many versions of the iPod nano don't exactly have an on/off button.
How to Turn Off iPod nano
How do you turn off the iPod nano then? The answer depends on which model you have.
Older iPod nano Models
The 5th generation iPod nano and earlier can't be completely turned off. Instead, you let, or make, them go to sleep.
If you use your nano for a minute or two and then set it aside, you'll see its screen start to dim and then eventually go black altogether. This is the iPod going to sleep. When an iPod is asleep, it uses much less battery power. By letting your iPod sleep, you conserve your battery for later.
You can put the nano to sleep right away by holding down the play/pause button for a few seconds.
Keeping Your iPod nano Asleep
If you press any button on your nano when it is asleep, the screen will light up quickly and your nano will be ready to rock.
If you plan not to use your iPod for a while and want to store it, you can make sure that you conserve battery power and keep your iPod from playing a concert inside your backpack by using the hold switch.
The hold switch is at the top of the iPod nano. Slide it to the On position when you put the iPod away. To start using your iPod again, just slide the hold switch into the other position and click a button to start it up again.
On the 6th and 7th generation nanos, the hold button doesn't slide; you just press it (similar to the hold button on an iPhone or iPod touch).