How to Lock & Reset the iPod Shuffle Volume

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How to Lock & Reset the iPod Shuffle Volume
Protect your hearing by setting the maximum volume on the iPod Shuffle. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

When you listen to music with earbuds on the iPod Shuffle, a portable music player made by Apple, you might crank up the volume if you are enthusiastic about your favourite song. You may also play music excessively loudly if you are trying to hear your songs above loud noises in your environment. Prolonged exposure to loud sounds can damage your hearing, so you might want to set or reset the iPod Shuffle's maximum volume level and then lock the setting. The device has no screen, so you need to connect it to your computer to adjust the settings.

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Things you need

  • iPod USB cable
  • Earbuds

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  1. 1

    Slide the three-way switch on the Shuffle, on the top edge of the device, to turn it on. Plug the included earbuds into the iPod Shuffle and put them in your ears. Press the "Play" button, on the front surface of the iPod shuffle to play a song, and then press the adjacent plus and minus buttons to adjust the volume until the music is playing at the volume you want.

  2. 2

    Launch iTunes on your computer. When you first set up the iPod Shuffle, you probably followed its prompts to download the free iTunes application from Apple and install it. Use iTunes to listen to and organise your music, and manage your iPod Shuffle.

  3. 3

    Connect the iPod Shuffle to a USB port on your computer with the iPod Shuffle's USB cable. The iPod's icon will appear under "Devices" in the left pane of the iTunes window.

  4. 4

    Click on the iPod Shuffle's icon.

  5. 5

    Click on the "Summary" tab. The volume slider in the "Options" section will show the current volume level you have selected on the iPod Shuffle.

  6. 6

    Click on "Limit Maximum Volume" in the "Options" section to enable setting a maximum volume on the iPod Shuffle. Click on the volume slider in the "Options" section and drag it to the left to decrease the maximum allowable volume, or drag it to the right to increase the maximum allowable volume. Click on the icon of the lock in the iTunes window to lock in the changes.

  7. 7

    Click the "Eject" button next to the iPod Shuffle icon, and then disconnect the device from your computer. Now when you listen to the iPod Shuffle, you will not be able to increase the volume beyond the maximum level that you set using the iTunes application. If you press the plus button while already at the maximum volume level, you will see the iPod Shuffle's status light blink orange three times, indicating that the devices is playing music at the loudest possible volume, and reminding you that the maximum volume level is currently locked.

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