6 Replies Latest reply: Feb 3, 2013 12:59 PM by bobjbkln
Reflex799 Level 1 (0 points)

I have recieved an Ipod Touch 4th gen from my mother, because she bought the iphone 4, but the ipod battery is dying within 10-20 mins of usage, even if it is only music being played. but the strange thing is, is that when it is in lock/sleep mode, the battery life comes back :S, and when the battery dies and the ipod shuts off, im able to turn it back on and have like 50% battery life, maybe a little less. any ideas of a fix or what it could be. thank you in advance.

iPod touch, iOS 6.1
  • 1980LND Level 1 (85 points)

    How long did your mother have the iPod before she gave it to you? It sounds like the battery is at the end of its lifespan.

    The battery icon could just be totally uncalibrated though, in which case you have to run it down until it's dead, then charge it until it is 100% full. It sounds to me like the battery is dead though, in which case you should make an appointment at the Genius Bar.

  • Reflex799 Level 1 (0 points)

    shes had it for 3 years prior to giving me it.

  • Reflex799 Level 1 (0 points)

    I'm going to kill the battery completely and see if that helps. if theres any of kind of fix or something or if you think of what it could be in the mean time feel free to post.

  • 1980LND Level 1 (85 points)

    Well, the only two things it could be are:


    A dead battery, in which case you need battery replacement from the genius bar.

    Or an uncalibrated battery meter.


    I'm 90% sure the battery is gone though. 3 years is the time that batteries tend to go in iPods.


    If the calibration of the battery meter doesn't work, you'll know that the battery is dead and you need to take it in to the Apple Store.


    You can make an appointment here: http://www.apple.com/retail/geniusbar/

  • Reflex799 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you, your help is much apperciated.

  • bobjbkln Level 4 (1,475 points)

    In the US Apple will charge you $79 to exchange your iPod with a dead battery for one of the same model with a new battery, so be sure to back-up your iPod before taking it to them.  Alternatively, you could have it done for less by a third party repair shop or you could do it yourself if your are very handy.  Google for iPod battery replacement for further information.