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How to Adjust the Balance on an iPod

Updated March 31, 2017

Unfortunately, there is no easy way to adjust the balance on an iPod as Apple designed the iPod without a balance adjustment feature. However, there are alternative measures that can be taken to adjust the balance on an iPod by using third-party hardware. Finally, Apple has a specific feature request where users can request that Apple add a certain feature to any of its devices. If you are interested in a software balance adjustment feature, request it. (See Resources)

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  1. Use balance-control headphones. Plug them into your iPod. You can control stereo balance directly on the headphones.

  2. Purchase an in-line volume-control device. (See References)

  3. Connect the in-line volume-control device to your iPod.

  4. Connect your headphones to the in-line volume control.

  5. Turn on your iPod, you can now control stereo balance by adjusting the channels on the in-line volume control.

  6. Tip

    It is possible to adjust the stereo balance of MP3 files before uploading them to your iPod. If you have a hearing impairment and wish to adjust the balance of all of your MP3 files permanently, this solution will be more cost effective but will require a lot of time and patience.


    Remember that as with any in-ear listening device, if you adjust the volume to unsafe levels you can permanently damage your hearing.

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Things You'll Need

  • Headphones
  • In-line volume control device

About the Author

Louis Kroeck

Louis Kroeck started writing professionally under the direction of Andrew Samtoy from the "Cleveland Sandwich Board" in 2006. Kroeck is an attorney out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania specializing in civil litigation, intellectual property law and entertainment law. He has a B.S from the Pennsylvania State University in information science technology and a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

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