How to Charge an iPod Without iTunes

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Though you do need iTunes to add music to your iPod, you do not need the program to charge your iPod. This means that you can charge your iPod on a friend’s computer that does not have iTunes installed. You can also charge your iPod using chargers that plug into wall outlets. Depending on what kind of iPod you have, such as an iPod Nano, iPod Touch or classic iPod, you might need different chargers, but you can follow the same basic steps to charge the device.

Things You'll Need

  • USB cable
  • Computer
  • Wall outlet

Computer

  • Turn on your computer. Plug in the computer, turn it on and make sure that sleep mode or hibernation mode are not activated. The computer must remain on while charging the iPod’s battery.

  • Connect your iPod’s USB cord to the base of the iPod.

  • Plug the other end of the USB cable into the computer’s USB port. A battery icon should appear on your iPod’s screen to show that it is charging.

Wall Outlet

  • Connect your iPod USB cord to the base of the iPod.

  • Connect other end of the USB cord to the base of an iPod charging device.

  • Plug the charger into a wall outlet. A battery icon should appear on your iPod’s screen to show that it is charging.

Tips & Warnings

  • The battery icon will blink and appear red while the iPod charges. When charging is complete, the battery icon will turn green.

References

  • Photo Credit Justin Sullivan/Getty Images News/Getty Images
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