How to Use MP3 Player Controls

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How to Use MP3 Player Controls
An MP3 player allows portable access to your media files. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

MP3 players allow you to carry and listen to your music library while you're on the go. MP3 players come in many different shapes and sizes, but all MP3 players share the same basic set of controls. The controls for navigating your MP3 player's menus and settings might change from model to model, but playing your songs, skipping tracks and changing the volume are universal functions that are easily accomplished on any model.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • MP3 Player

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  1. 1

    Turn your MP3 player on by pushing the "Play/Pause" button, which has a triangle followed by two vertical bars printed on it. If your MP3 players uses a "Power" button, which looks like a circle with a vertical line through it, press that instead.

  2. 2

    Push the "Play/Pause" button once to begin playing your music. Pressing the "Play/Pause" button while the music is playing will pause the music.

  3. 3

    Push the "Next Track" button to skip ahead to the next track in the play list. The "Next Track" button has two triangles followed by a vertical bar printed on it.

  4. 4

    Push the "Previous Track" button to rewind the current track to the beginning. Push the "Previous Track" button at the beginning of a song to play the previous song on the play list. The "Previous Track" button has a vertical bar followed by two triangles printed on it.

  5. 5

    Push the "+" button while your music is playing to increase the volume. Push the "-" button to decrease the volume. If your MP3 player has a scrolling wheel, turning the wheel to the right will increase the volume and turning it to the left will decrease the volume.

  6. 6

    Push the "Menu" button to open the MP3 player's menu. While the menu is displayed, you can navigate the options with the volume controls and/or previous and next buttons. The "Menu" button has "Menu" printed on it.

  7. 7

    Push the "Select" button to select an option while navigating your MP3 player's menus. The select button is either labelled "Select" or is unlabeled. If your MP3 player has a scrolling wheel, the "Select" button is usually located at the centre of the wheel. Pushing the "Menu" button while already in the menu usually takes you up one menu level.

  8. 8

    Push and hold the "Play/Pause" button to turn your MP3 player off. If your MP3 player has a "Power" button, push and hold the "Power" button to turn your MP3 player off.

Tips and warnings

  • On some MP3 players, pushing and holding the "Next Track" or "Previous Track" buttons will allow you to fast forward and rewind the current song in small intervals.
  • If your MP3 player does not have a display, it may not have a "Menu" or "Select" button.
  • Consult your MP3 player's manual for instructions on navigating its menus and options.

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