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Ipod shows its charging when not plugged in - always on

The ipod 5th generation always shows a picture of the plug on the battery.  It charges fine when plugged into a wall and will work without being plugged in, but will die after 8 hours or so.  It always thinks its on after having plugged it in.  Tried resetting on battery power - tried resetting when plugged in - updated both itunes and ipod software - attempted to restore ipod but got error in middle of it - resynched.  It continues to always think its plugged in and cannot turn it off.  It just dim and doesn't stay completely off.  Its a little over a year old so no warranty.  Any advise?  I've taken apart and repaired laptops - can this be self-repaired somehow?

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  • Insydedan Nov 28, 2007

    I have the same problem that you have. I have a 5G 60GB iPod.

  • Maverick2k8 Dec 31, 2007

    White - 30GB 5g same issue, but used with iHome docking station (alarm clock) and Rockbox also loaded. Funny thing is that even the Rockbox software thinks its plugged in. This may lead me to believe it could be a firmware problem?

  • Anonymous Jan 04, 2008

    My iPod 5th Gen screen says ' Connected. Eject before disconnecting '. Even though I ejected it and unhooked it from my computer, The screen still says that. Mines new, but I want to see if I can fix it before bringing it in or exchanging it.
    I'm very angry. I can't live without my musicc!

  • TalRashaD2x Jan 09, 2008

    I also have this problem. 1st generation Black iPod nano 2 Gig. Tried reseting and putting it in disk mode nothing works. The battery dies within a few hours when not plugged in because the display is always showing the charging icon. Any fixes would be awesome!

  • duffstuff Jun 02, 2008

    my ipod charged fine and when i went to take it out to play it, it showed that is was charging, and the battery sign in the corner of the screen was green with the plug in the middle of it. it plays my videos fine and also plays the music, i just dont know how to get it to not show that it is charging!! im also worried that i may have broken has gotten wet resently but im not sure if that was the problem

  • Anonymous Jul 27, 2008

    he ipod 5th generation 30GB always shows a picture of the plug on the battery even when its unplugged and also sometimes shows the charged sign when its in sleep mode. I've tried restoring and updating it but still have the same problem.
    I need help to make this stop

  • jilleisenber Aug 01, 2008

    iPOd think's it's always charging

  • Anonymous May 01, 2009

    my ipod has the green bar and it has the charging symbol in it but its not plugged in the charger and i tryed resetting it but its still there and i cant charge it on the computer when i try the ipod just clicks

  • jaetea May 11, 2010

    Stambulio -that soulution you gave was right on point for me. Thanx a Million.....I was starting to feel lost. Just became an ipod user, just got rid of all music in my car because of the pod.

    thanx again!



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I have the same problem, in where it thinks its always charging and iTunes wont pick the iPod up, but it will play and take a charge from a mains charger. I dont get the 'Do not disconnect' screen though.

.BUT I can get around it although the problem does come back.

This works for me 1st time OR after a few attempts - -

Connect you Ipod to your computer (iTunes shouldn't pick it up if your having the same problem as me, as it thinks its still connected previously)
Now try resetting the iPod whilst still connected (holding the middle + centre button)
Now if you get the 'USB connection sound' let your computer and iTunes pick it up.
Once recognised, use the "Safely Remove Hardware" option via windows (dont eject with iTunes).
Then try using the mains power charger to give it quick charge, you should then be able to unplug the charger to see if the loss in connection has been recognised and u lose the charging lightening flash icon.
You should then get away with charging or using iTunes a few times without the problem re-occuring.

This does work, but not a permanent fix as I still have the problem.

Question - Does using the restore option work? As I refuse to wipe my music and carefully perfected playlists.

Posted on Jan 21, 2008

  • Anonymous Jun 07, 2008

    Just a update on my workaround, I gave in and tried a full reset of my iPod but the problem came back :( So it doesnt look like a software problem.


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I have the same problem and my ipod got wet too nd exactly after that it started i think its because of the water!

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Ipod 5th gen 60 gig. I had this problem and tried the fixes listed above with no avail. Then I tried changing the hold switch / headphone jack assembly on the back of the cover and it worked just like new. Whatever circuitry that tells the ipod is is charging apparently is in those components. It was not that difficult. Search you tube for video instructions. Headphone jack / hold switch $19.95 on most ipod part sites. Also acquire tools to open ipod without damaging it. Good Luck!

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I had this problem on an earlier Nano (white with silver back, color screen) It was due to corrosion on the pcb (main board). The chip affected was located on the top right corner of the pcb (while looking at the ipod as you normally would while it was functioning). The chip is marked SH 4066 86044 and is on the U11 spot on the board.. Just cleaned the crust off of it and around it.. problem solved..
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The problem lies on your main board, it a short.

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The answer most likely leads to the main logic board.
I was able to 'fix' for a short time by using a 'firewire' wall charger. Every USB charger did not have enough power to reset the ipod when it was completely dead. Since this 'fix' only worked for a while, if the ipod was reset, the 'constant charge' icon returned and cound not be turned off.

My Answer: Doing some research, I found an older article from engadget.

I went to the local Apple store where I showed them the problem. They used 'restore' option (make sure you have ALL your music and videos backed up) and the problem still was there.
They went to the store computer and checked something for a minute, then returned with a refurb unit of the exact make/model.

They said they 'never saw this problem before'

Overall, I was very happy with the support I received from the Apple store and happy that I got a fully working ipod again without having to buy another one at $240+.

I would hope that all who read this can get the same great service.

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ok uninstall itunes and install it again that might solve your problem and if it doesnt let me know.

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