Solution: Revive Not Charging 5 Second Red Light iPod Shuffle

It’s been almost a year since I couldn’t use my iPod Shuffle. One day it just stopped responding. When I used to desperately plug it in to a socket it gave me a 5 second red light and back to nothing. My Macbook Air didn’t recognize the connection, so it didn’t appear in iTunes. BUT NOW – I found the solution on forums!

Zanzebek Blog. iPod Shuffle No Charge 5 Second Red Light Revival Guide

Here are simple steps to revive iPod Shuffle:
1. Plug iPod Shuffle to a socket
2. Wait for the 5 Second Red Light to turn off
3. Unplug and Plug Back the iPod to the socket
4. Repeat until the Red Light stays ON
* took me around 20 minutes
** wall socket is preferable (I started with wall plug, then Mac)

Here’s why you should repeat the above:

Here’s a little technical background behind this process. When the device is not being used for a while, especially if it is not charged, the battery voltage falls below a certain threshold becoming insufficient to start the microprocessor any more. However, the processor is necessary to start the charging process, and the device gets into the deadlock. Basically, when you plug it in, it’s being charged for only 5 seconds while the red light is on. When you constantly plug it in and out you manually charge the battery in 5-second increments until it’s voltage is high enough to start the processor.

Source: StackExchange

I’ve been looking for this answer and an explanation for more than a year now. Thank you, the guy who wrote this in the Apple forums!

Please, share this post with everyone who has this issue, even with those who have new iPod Shuffle’s, because they WILL face this problem in a year long time.

I’m now happily listening to my favourite playlists wherever I go, not worrying that the battery will die unexpectedly.

40 thoughts on “Solution: Revive Not Charging 5 Second Red Light iPod Shuffle

  1. Mimy says:

    Hey. I had the same problem and with your help I turn on my shuffle. 🙂 My another problem is that red light stays on when connected to USB. Did you have the same problem? How long did you have to wait until red light changed into orange?

    • Zanzebek says:

      Hey! It’s very difficult to do that, but doable! I left it for the whole day and forgot about it. After reviving it tho I stopped using and it died again 🙁 Too tired of bringing it back to life. I’d recommend to take it to the Apple Store to let them do the professional Shuffle surgery 😉

    • Chris says:

      Nice I think its working It seemed like the red light got brighter and stayed on for more than 5 seconds it has been on for over a minute now cant wait to listen too the music I have on it.

  2. Ankit Singh says:

    Hey hi bro
    Ur guide helped me atleast to get some hope.
    I got the solid red light in few tries and now its still glowing red after so many hours . How much time it will take ? I really need this. Plz help me.

    • Zanzebek says:

      Hey bro! I think I left it charging for the whole day and night. But I stopped using it again, and now the same problem occurred which I’m too tired of doing. 🙁

  3. Kashidah Chowdhury says:

    I have the same problem and using a battery bank, I used your method. I’ve been doing this for about six-eight hours and it’s still not fully charged.
    How will I know that it’s done charging? Will the green light come on or something?

    • Zanzebek says:

      the green light should come up eventually. However, I believe if your Shuffle is completely dead and it can’t hold the charge it may never charge. Even in little doses. That’s what happened to my shuffle after I stopped charging it again. 🙁

    • Zanzebek says:

      Hi! I realize your frustration as I’ve been there too. The only problem is shuffle’s battery. Assuming everything else works fine, then it should show you a Green light once it’s charged. However, having this battery issue means that we may never see the green light (full charge). I suppose if it has been charging for three days and still nothing, then don’t waste your energy. Move on my friend
      Shuffle’s max charging time is 2 hours.

      I hope I’m helping at least a little here. I’ve never took it to the Apple Store guys, so maybe they can fix it much faster. I heard of a guy from China who even has been given a whole new shuffle in exchange of his old one. So never stop trying new ideas

  4. asn says:

    Thanks dude……
    Use a high power charger….
    For me, with a low power one took around an hour or more of unplugging and replugging to achieve red light……
    So dont lose hope… It works….. Thanks again

    • Zanzebek says:

      Whaaat? OMG! Take it back with the receipt! It’s totally not good for the first day…. Mine had it doing after a year. Probably it’s been laying idle for way too long and it lost all its factory charge. Did u buy it from the Apple Store?

    • Zanzebek says:

      Hi Martina! I’m so happy this post still helps people from all around the world! Thank you for your comment, I’ve read it the day you wrote it and it made my day! I hope your iPod keeps working and never breaks, at least until you have a new one 🙂

  5. Bhisma Pratama says:

    Hey i’ve got the same problem, my shuffle connected to itunes and has been sync too
    But it won’t turn on!!
    The light blank doesn’t turn red or orange or green, but when i connect it to itunes the light is beeping orange
    Anyone can help?

    • Zanzebek says:

      Hi Bhisma! This seems to be some sort of a different issue. Have you tried updating the OS through iTunes? Would it even connect?

  6. Kbat says:

    I was ready to toss my shuffle but is is waterproofed for swimming, so I gave it a shot. I thought, if this is fake, then at least I gave it one last go. It WORKED. Thank you!!

      • Claudio Bardelle says:


        I also thought my iPod Shuffle 4G was bricked, last time I used it was almost two years ago. My iPod’s resuscitation process took a while longer as after the 5 second recharge increment stage, the iPod started giving signs of life but wouldn’t hold a charge for more than a few minutes and would not be recognized my iTunes or be listed in the peripherals connected to my Mac via USB.
        I left the iPod to charge on the wall socket overnight and in the morning it held charge much longer, but I was still unable to access it via iTunes. It was back to a usable state which was quite a good result. Next, I did a few use-recharge cycles until the green light finally came on during charging. At that stage, the iPod became once again accessible via iTunes, problem solved 100%!
        So don’t give up on your iPod even thought it hasn’t been used in a very long time…it takes a little effort but it’s well worth it!

        • Zanzebek says:

          Wow! You hold some good amount of patience to do that 🙂 I’m very happy to read this! I believe your comment adds a real value to those who still struggle with their Shuffle. Thanks for sharing your story, bro!

    • Zanzebek says:

      Thanks for your comment! It’s so exciting to see how many people are solving iPod Shuffle issues with this blogpost

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