Signs of a Dead iPod Battery

Updated April 17, 2017

Apple makes four iPod models: iPod shuffle, iPod nano, iPod classic and iPod touch. An iPod battery may be dead and need to be charged before the iPod can operate again. If an iPod battery is dead and will not charge, the battery may be malfunctioning or worn out due to age.

iPod Screen Displays Folder With Exclamation Point

If your iPod screen displays a picture of a folder with an exclamation mark, your iPod's battery may be dead. Fully charge the battery and then turn the iPod on to see if it operates.

iPod Screen Displays Battery And Exclamation Point

If your iPod screen displays a battery with an exclamation mark, the iPod may be trying to tell you that its battery is dead. Charge the battery and then try to use the iPod.

iPod Does Not Work

An iPod battery that is at least 18 months old may no longer hold a charge due to age and use. You can have the iPod's battery replaced through Apple or you can purchase another iPod.

iPod Screen Is Blank And Does Not Turn On

If you try to turn an iPod on but the screen stays blank, the iPod's battery is likely dead and needs to be recharged.

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