Why Does the iPod Freezes up? What are the ways to avoid it?

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This updated article answers all the questions you had regarding the iPod freezing issue. Explained in this article are the factors behind the problem, handy tips to use to make sure you don’t face the problem again, as well as 4 tried and tested solutions that will help you unfreeze the frozen iPod.

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When you are listening to your favorite music on your iPod, your iPod might stop playing the music and become inaccessible and might not respond to any requests given hereafter. Then the iPod is said to be frozen. As with iPods, even the most popular and the best audio players have limitations. Sometimes, it can be fixed by rebooting or charging the battery. But sometimes, you will have to replace the iPod, and also you might lose all your favorite music, pics, and videos from it. Actually, there is no one particular reason for this, but some of the commonly found are explained below:

Factors leading to iPod freezing:

  • Corrupt Files

One of the commonly found causes of iPod freezing is the corruption of files. Your iPod file might get corrupt either while transferring, virus infection or improper downloading, etc.; when you try to play such corrupt files, the iPod will not be able to identify the file and cannot perform the necessary actions. This causes your iPod to become frozen.

  • Lack of Memory

Most of you use iPod extensively without rebooting or even re-syncing the iPod for prolonged periods, and your iPod starts filling slowly over time. It can even happen for a short period if it is extensively used. This may lead to an overflow of the iPod’s memory and thus cause your iPod to freeze.

  • Mishandling of iPods 

Your iPod might freeze even due to mishandling them. If your iPod is dropped or is getting bumped around, then this causes physical damage to the iPod. In such situations, iPod’s in-built protection control is handy to protect the iPod’s hardware from becoming damaged. When it detects such severe shocks to the system, it automatically shuts the iPod hardware to prevent permanent damage to the iPod. Thus, your iPod becomes irresponsive and freezes.

  • No Battery or Hold is on 

Low or dead batteries may be the most common cause for freezing your iPods. Also, sometimes you may try to start or change an iPod when the hold button is toggled ON; even this freezes your iPod.

These are some of the commonly found reasons why your iPod freezes up. If it is simpler, just rebooting or charging the iPod would bring it to a normal situation. Otherwise, if the problem is severe, you will lose your vital files.

How To Fix Frozen iPod?

Mentioned here are some ways you can fix the iPod freezing-up issues. 

1. Charge the iPod Battery

At times, even the smallest issues, like a low or dead battery, can be the leading cause of the iPod freezing issue.

You can try charging up the iPod to see if that works normally without any issues or disruptions.

2. Force Restart the Frozen iPod

The next best solution one can do is to force restart your frozen iPod. Forcing the iPod to restart can be useful in fixing some of the minor issues with the iPod.

iPod Touch: Press the Power and Volume down button for at least 10 seconds or until you see the Apple logo on your screen.

iPod Touch 6th Generation: Press and hold the Power and the Home button for at least 10 seconds or until you see the Apple logo on your screen.

iPod Shuffle, Nano, and Classic: Press the hold the Center and menu buttons for at least 10 seconds or until you see the Apple logo on your screen.

3. Check for Any Pending Updates

Any iPod that is running on any older version of the OS. Try to check if you have any pending software updates and install any of the latest updates. 

4. Restore The Frozen iPod to Factory Settings

Resetting the iPod that was frozen back to factory settings can undoubtedly lead to data loss. But it can also fix some of the most issues, errors, or problems with the iPod.

Here’s how to restore the iPod to factory settings.

  1. Connect your iPod that was freezing to your Mac system.
  2. Launch the iTunes application and click on the connected iPod in the sidebar.
  3. Find and click on the Summary tab, followed by clicking on the Restore iPod option.
  4. Keep following the steps and instructions prompted.

Once you have completed the factory resetting process, I am sure you have fixed your constantly freezing iPod. 

You might have stored your favorite videos, songs, and memorable pictures in it. All will be lost within a second. Luckily, your files are not gone permanently and can be recovered. Make use of Remo Mac Photo Recovery software and retrieve all your lost files from your iPod. Instead of facing all these scenarios, it’s better to avoid such situations causing your iPod to freeze. Here are a few of the tips to avoid freezing your iPods.

Tips to avoid iPod freezing:

  • Keep updating your iPod software

Regularly use the App Store and check for updates. The App Store will keep track of the newer updates that are available. Whenever a new update is available, it displays a red circle with a number at the top of its App icon. You can choose to Update All or update one at a time. Also, keep checking your iTunes on your computer.

Go to iTunes> Apps and then tap Check for Updates.

Just as with the App, you can download each update separately, or you can download all of them at once.

  • Turn-Off all the Apps running in the background 

You may sometimes have a couple of Apps running, so you can flip between the apps and use all of those. But while turning off your iPod, you rarely close all the apps. This eats up your battery life and even the iPod memory. Tap the home button twice to bring up the taskbar. Hold your finger down until the Apps vibrates, and then turn off Apps by tapping the red minus sign that appears in the corner of the App icons.

  • Make sure your device is charged 

This is the most common reason for freezing your iPods, thus, be careful about it and thus always make sure that it is charged fully at any time.

  • Do not mishandle your iPod 

Be careful while you are carrying your iPod. This is because; a single mistake may damage your iPod, leading to iPod freezing.

  • Regularly Backup Your iPod

Backing up your important data can be extremely useful if you have deleted or lost some of your loved music and other data for any reason.

  • Keep Monitoring the Storage Space in Your iPod

 Many iPod users sometimes overload the iPod with too much data. Which, at times, might be unwanted or no longer needed. So the best that you can do is regularly clean your iPod.  

Above mentioned are some reasons why your iPod becomes frozen and some precautionary steps to prevent such situations in the future. Follow these precautions and adopt them while using your iPods. If you lose important audio files from iPod for the above-mentioned reasons, use Remo Recover Windows / Mac software because it is the best toolkit to recover audio files from iPod.

About the Author: Molly Owen

Molly is the Lead Technical Specialist with distinguished knowledge and understanding of Mac computers and operating systems. Being a veteran photographer and video recovery specialist, Molly’s expertise in video formats and file repair has helped restore a lot of videos and cherished memories of users. As a technical specialist, she also believes in learning and…