Put your iPod Photo, Nano, Video, or Mini (Fourth Generation) in Diagnostic Mode

This tutorial will show you how to put your fourth generation (4G) iPod into diagnostic mode. Using diagnostic mode allows you to run basic tests to see why your iPod is not functioning correctly.


This will work for all fourth generation (4G) iPods including Photo, Nano, Video, or Mini.

1. Make sure your hold switch is off.
2. Restart Your iPod.
3. Press and hold these keys: Menu and Select until the apple logo appears and the hard drive starts to spin.
4. Then press and hold these keys: Back and Select .
5. The apple logo will appear backwards if you have done it correctly.
6. Move through the list of tests using REW and FFW.
7. You can cancel any test by pressing MENU.
8. To cancel diagnostic mode, just restart your system.

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  • harrison918

    wow this is awesome

  • Anonymous

    Does your ipod have to be plugged in?

  • Anonymous

    Is there a way to do this on an iPod touch?

  • Anonymous

    On a Ipod Nano 4G you do not want to wait for the apple logo, but press back+select as SOON as the screen turns black or you won’t get into the menu.

  • Alana

    can it work with i pod touch 1st generation??????

    • Alana

      PLEASE HELPP!!!!!!!!!!!!