Apple iPod Nano Instructions

Updated February 21, 2017

In addition to playing music, the iPod Nano can play video, show pictures, play FM radio and record video with the camera on the back. Using the Nano is much like using other iPods, but if you have never used a click wheel, you might need to get used to it.

Charge your iPod Nano by plugging the cable that came with it into the connector in the bottom of the iPod. Plug the other end into your computer's USB port. Your iPod will begin charging when you plug it in and will continue to charge until it is full, which can take up to three hours. Your iPod will also automatically sync all the files in your iTunes library within the iTunes program on your computer. Disconnect the iPod Nano by removing the cable.

Turn on your iPod Nano by pressing any button. Move your finger around the click wheel to scroll between menu items and press the centre of the wheel to select an item. Press the "Menu" button to go back one menu, or press and hold the "Menu" button to go back to the main menu. You can turn the iPod off by pressing and holding the "Play/Pause" button.

Scroll to the media type that you want to play on the Nano and press the centre button. Select the individual file, artist, album or Playlist that you want to play and press the "Play/Pause" button. Use the forward and back buttons to scroll between media files while they are playing and press the centre button to access the on-screen menus. Note that if you are viewing videos, except for those recorded with the Nano, you will have to hold the Nano horizontally.

Select "Video Camera" from the main menu to start the video recorder on the Nano. Point the Nano at your subject and press the centre button to start recording. Press and hold the centre button before you start recording to be able to choose from several video effects to use with your recording. Press the centre button again to stop recording. You can then press "Menu" to see a list of your videos and can select one to play.

Plug the earphones or headphones into the Nano and choose "Radio" from the main menu to access the FM radio. The headphones have to be plugged in as the Nano uses the cord as an antenna. Use the click wheel to change the station, which is shown on a marker at the bottom of the screen. You can also press the "Forward" or "Reverse" button to have the radio seek out the next station.


If you connect your iPod Nano to a computer other than the one with which you originally set it up, you will be prompted for confirmation before your files are erased and the Nano is synced with iTunes on the new computer.


Do not disconnect your iPod Nano while the screen reads "Connected" or "Synchronizing."

Things You'll Need

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