Limiting Your iPod’s Maximum Volume

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On March 29, 2006, Apple added a new Volume Limit feature to currently shipping iPods and iPod nanos, enabling users – especially parents – to control the maximum volume level of these iPods. The feature is extremely easy to use, and gives parents the ability to pre-determine a safe listening level for their kids, using the iPod’s previously developed Screen Lock four-digit combination dial to lock that maximum level in place.

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Using Volume Limit is easy. Select Settings from the iPod’s main menu, and you’ll see an option called Volume Limit. Choosing that option will lead to this screen:

 

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You’ll see the iPod’s standard volume bar, with its peak volume at the right, and a small triangle underneath. By moving the iPod’s volume level to the left or right, you can test an appropriate value with attached headphones, and press the iPod’s center button to lock that level in place. The triangle will move to that point to signal where the volume cap has been applied.

 

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As soon as the level has been set, the iPod will bring up a screen enabling you to set a four-digit combination code that will prevent other users from changing the volume cap. If you don’t want to set a code, choose Done; the volume cap will be applied, but any user can easily change it. Otherwise, choose Set Combination.

 

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This combination dial will appear. Brushing your finger against the Click Wheel will spin the dial; pressing the Center button will select a number from 0-9 for each of the four digits. Remember – perhaps even write down – the number you select. Once you’ve picked four numbers, the iPod’s volume will be locked, and any attempt to change it will be met with this similar screen. Enter the right combination and you can make any change you desire.

 

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Impressively, Apple’s Volume Limit leaves the iPod’s volume meter looking basically identical to its prior form – you can still move all the way to the right or left, but now the maximum has been redefined: all the way to the right is now only as loud as it was at the triangle marker you previously set on the full meter. Sound aside, there’s only one clue that the volume has been capped: the right speaker icon on the volume slider transforms into a lock when you hit the capped peak. Remove the cap, and the lock icon will disappear.

 

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Be aware: different headphones and different songs have different maximum volume levels, so set the limit with the same headphones and songs you’re concerned about. And most bottom-mounting accessories, such as third-party (non-Apple) remote controls, will not support the volume cap. For additional information, including what to do if you forget your code, see Apple’s official support document on the new Volume Limit feature, and its new Sound information page.

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  1. i have a new ipod nano, and i cant figure out the 4 numbered code to unlock the volume limit, it came with one i guess, i have no clue, please help me! 🙂

  2. Jay, it’s probably 0000. That’s usually the default code for most devices. If it’s not just blank or 0000, someone probably set it on your ipod, ask anyone who has messed with it before or after you got it. 🙂 Hope this helps.

  3. My nephew got to my brother’s iPod. He changed the combination, and doesnt remember what he set it as. I was wondering if there is a way to figure out the combination ot get passed it. If you could help us we would greatly appreciate it. Thanks.

  4. I have this feature activated on my Ipod, but I still don’t know if the music is loud enough to cause damage or not. Is there any possible way to have the volume I use on my Ipod w/ my headphones measured?
    I heard that below 80db is okay, but how do I know the volume Ipod I use is below that?

    Anyone know?

  5. some body has locked the volume limit of my ipod and idont know it, the volume is too low and icant hear anything please help me!!!!!!! to reset the code

  6. i let my cousin borrow my ipod and she locked the volume limit and i cant figure out the code is there any way i can reset it or even change the limit again

  7. hey anyone who acidently locked to volume or doesnt remeber the password!!! all you have to to is restore you ipod on itunes on the mian computer you use.but after you do that be sure to download the newest version of itunes because your songs and videos we be taken of your ipod(but they will still be on your itunes) and you cant download anything unless the newest version are downloaded

  8. Can you reset the code for the volume limiter, i set it and now cant remember da code and cant hear da music. can anyone help me???

  9. Hey to all of you that have a “combination” or “password” on your volume comtrol limits, and can’t remember it!

    I got this information off of “WikiHow.com” (have to give them the credit cause I don’t know just who put it there) and it works. Here it is:

    Steps(Mac)Enable hidden folders.
    If you go into Terminal and run these two commands all the hidden files appear when you open Finder.
    defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE
    killall Finder
    To get back to hiding hidden files use these commands
    defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles FALSE
    killall Finder

    Navigate to the hidden folder named “iPod_Control”, and once there click on the folder “Device”. Once there, delete the file named “_volumelocked”.
    Eject your iPod. Then, restart your iPod. You can do this by holding down the center and menu button for at least 6 seconds.
    Once your iPod has rebooted, check and make sure that it worked. Simply go into “Settings”, “Volume Limit”. If it asks for a PIN, you did it WRONG. Retry the above procedure.

    Steps(Windows)Enable hidden folders.
    In Windows Explorer,go to “Tools”, “Folder Options”. Then click on the tab called “View”, and under “Hidden Files and Folders”, click “Show Hidden Files and Folders”.
    Navigate (“My Computer” to double-click on the icon of your attached iPod) to the hidden folder named “iPod_Control”, and once there click on the folder “Device”. Once there, delete the file named “_volumelocked”.
    Eject your iPod. Then, restart your iPod. You can do this by holding down the center and menu button for at least 6 seconds.

    Once your iPod has rebooted, check and make sure that it worked. Simply go into “Settings”, “Volume Limit”. If it asks for a PIN, you did it WRONG. Retry the above procedure.

    I hope this helps you all!

  10. my cousin lost her ipod at school and someone found it locked it and wont tell her what the combo is. HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Someone changed my granddaughers password, and she cannot get into her iPod. (Of course her brothers said they did not do this.) Can you help?

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