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.

UPDATE: It’s year 2017, and it could be that your iPod shuffle is just very very old. Alright, I know that is NOT a solution per se, but you know, there are NO tech on the market that would work forever. So if you think it’s time to retire the iPod shuffle, but you love it so much, I’d suggest you buy a new one. There’s a 6th generation iPod Shuffle that you can buy and have it delivered by tomorrow. Click here to buy it now from Amazon and move on with your life :)

51 comments
  1. Mimy
    Mimy
    July 18, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    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?

    Reply
    • Zanzebek
      Zanzebek • Post Author •
      July 19, 2015 at 8:29 pm

      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 ;)

      Reply
    • Chris
      Chris
      March 8, 2017 at 3:21 pm

      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.

      Reply
  2. Ankit Singh
    Ankit Singh
    July 27, 2015 at 8:19 am

    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.

    Reply
    • Zanzebek
      Zanzebek • Post Author •
      August 9, 2015 at 7:38 pm

      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. :(

      Reply
  3. none
    none
    September 8, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    Thanks this help me a lot.

    Reply
    • Zanzebek
      Zanzebek • Post Author •
      October 6, 2015 at 12:13 pm

      Hey! Glad to read this. I’m happy it helped at least one person.

      Reply
  4. Kashidah Chowdhury
    Kashidah Chowdhury
    September 17, 2015 at 11:16 pm

    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?

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    • Zanzebek
      Zanzebek • Post Author •
      October 6, 2015 at 12:10 pm

      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. :(

      Reply
  5. AJ
    AJ
    September 22, 2015 at 5:44 am

    the red light stays for long it isn’t charging :-(

    Reply
    • Zanzebek
      Zanzebek • Post Author •
      October 6, 2015 at 12:11 pm

      yep, mine isn’t charging anymore as well… it might be so dead that it can’t hold charge :'(

      Reply
  6. Morne
    Morne
    October 26, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    Worked for me, took about 10 minutes of plugging in and back out till the solid red light showed and it started charging

    Reply
    • Zanzebek
      Zanzebek • Post Author •
      October 27, 2015 at 2:20 am

      Hey! Glad to hear it! I hope it never stops working from now on ;)

      Reply
      • erich
        erich
        November 18, 2015 at 5:00 am

        how many hours do you have to wait till you finally see the orange light which means it was charging

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        • Zanzebek
          Zanzebek • Post Author •
          November 22, 2015 at 2:18 pm

          There is no universal answer to that. It depends on how long it was left uncharged. The longer it was forgotten of, the longer you’d have to wait. But I’m speculating on physics here

          Reply
  7. willian
    willian
    November 17, 2015 at 1:59 am

    dont work for me =/

    Reply
    • Zanzebek
      Zanzebek • Post Author •
      November 22, 2015 at 2:17 pm

      Sometimes it just can’t be revived, I’m afraid. I suggest you try selling it by parts, if possible. (._.)

      Reply
  8. 5 shades of everything
    5 shades of everything
    December 25, 2015 at 5:00 am

    Thank you zanzebek for your advice which has given my iPod a solid red light. My question HOW DO U NOE WHEN IT IS FULLY CHARGED BECAUSE IT HAS BEEN charging FOR 3 DAYS NOW. But still thank you for giving me some hope.

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    • Zanzebek
      Zanzebek • Post Author •
      December 25, 2015 at 10:49 pm

      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

      Reply
  9. asn
    asn
    March 21, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    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

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    • Zanzebek
      Zanzebek • Post Author •
      March 21, 2016 at 9:17 pm

      That is so great to know that this post still helps someone. Thanks for your comment, man!

      Reply
  10. jason kennedy
    jason kennedy
    March 23, 2016 at 5:45 am

    Thanks for posting this. I have been trying for a couple days with no luck. Thanks for the suggestion.

    Reply
    • Zanzebek
      Zanzebek • Post Author •
      March 23, 2016 at 6:50 am

      Thanks for the comment! I hope it works out for you.

      Reply
  11. gyana
    gyana
    June 7, 2016 at 6:41 am

    i am going to ttry

    Reply
  12. Steffany
    Steffany
    July 11, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    What did you do?? I just bought one yesterday and its doing this

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    • Zanzebek
      Zanzebek • Post Author •
      July 11, 2016 at 3:13 pm

      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?

      Reply
  13. Zhou Xuexuan
    Zhou Xuexuan
    September 20, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    It works for my one and taking me about 20 minutes. Thank you a lot dude!

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    • Zanzebek
      Zanzebek • Post Author •
      September 21, 2016 at 7:09 am

      I’m glad it works, bro! Enjoy your music! ;) and check out my social profiles!

      Reply
  14. Martina
    Martina
    September 29, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    It helps… I don’t beleave! Thank you (It was exactly 20 minutes :))

    Reply
    • Zanzebek
      Zanzebek • Post Author •
      October 6, 2016 at 8:10 am

      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 :)

      Reply
  15. Bhisma Pratama
    Bhisma Pratama
    September 30, 2016 at 7:38 am

    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?

    Reply
    • Zanzebek
      Zanzebek • Post Author •
      October 6, 2016 at 8:13 am

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

      Reply
  16. Loobi
    Loobi
    November 23, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    U star, this happened to me, thankfully it only took 5-6 of unplugging! thank you so much for posting this.

    Reply
    • Zanzebek
      Zanzebek • Post Author •
      November 24, 2016 at 11:56 am

      I am very happy for you, my friend! Don’t leave your iPod with no charge anymore :)

      Reply
  17. Kbat
    Kbat
    December 8, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    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!!

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    • Zanzebek
      Zanzebek • Post Author •
      December 9, 2016 at 1:41 am

      I’m glad it helps! No fakes here, I’m always on guard :)

      Reply
      • Claudio Bardelle
        Claudio Bardelle
        January 29, 2017 at 1:04 pm

        Hi,

        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!

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        • Zanzebek
          Zanzebek • Post Author •
          January 31, 2017 at 6:38 am

          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!

          Reply
  18. PULKIT KUMAR
    PULKIT KUMAR
    March 14, 2017 at 4:22 am

    Your solution really helped me thanks a lot. :)
    it took me around 10 min only

    Reply
    • Zanzebek
      Zanzebek • Post Author •
      March 14, 2017 at 5:01 am

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

      Reply
  19. Sarah R.
    Sarah R.
    May 3, 2017 at 12:11 am

    Just tried this for my shuffle that would not charge or turn on. After unplugging and plugging it back in for 5 minutes, a brighter red light came on and now it is charging! Thank you!!!

    Reply
    • Zanzebek
      Zanzebek • Post Author •
      May 3, 2017 at 1:28 am

      You’re very welcome! Enjoy your shuffle

      Reply
  20. Ivan Lanin
    Ivan Lanin
    May 11, 2017 at 7:08 am

    It worked! I tried the plugging and unplugging process for 5 minutes and it’s now charging. Thank you! I’m so happy :)

    Reply
    • Zanzebek
      Zanzebek • Post Author •
      May 11, 2017 at 7:27 am

      Wow! I’m so happy that this post is still relevant today and keeps helping you guys. Thanks for the comment, and enjoy your Shuffle

      Reply
  21. fredfontes
    fredfontes
    September 28, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    I LOVE YOU!!!

    You saved my Stainless Steel 3rd gen shuffle!

    LOVE YOU!!!

    Reply
    • Zanzebek
      Zanzebek • Post Author •
      September 28, 2017 at 1:41 pm

      LOl thanks man! Appreciate that! Love you too

      Reply
  22. caroline
    caroline
    September 29, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    Hey, I am having this issue (not charging, blinking red for 5 seconds and shutting back off, not being recognized by itunes) but I have used mine everyday for months, and 2 days ago it randomly did this. I don’t understand, I never left it uncharged for a long time???

    Reply
    • Zanzebek
      Zanzebek • Post Author •
      September 30, 2017 at 8:20 am

      That’s weird. Have you been using the original Apple wall socket charger? You know sometimes power banks can do long term damage to your batter or smth like that‍♂️

      Reply
  23. Steve
    Steve
    May 21, 2018 at 3:08 pm

    It works! Thank you very much, bro.

    Reply
    • Zanzebek
      Zanzebek • Post Author •
      May 21, 2018 at 8:04 pm

      My pleasure, bro! Check my stuff on YouTube if you have some time

      Reply
  24. Angelo Bugto
    Angelo Bugto
    September 10, 2018 at 8:41 am

    I can make my shuffle’s red light brighter and not going off, does it charge now? and how long do i have to wait for it to charge?

    Reply

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