Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Tech Tip: Banging your iPod fixes it!!

WARNING: This will probably void any valid warranty. Don't do this if you have a valid warranty.

Sad Paddy (broken iPod)

Before you're tempted to call bulls**t on this, it's pretty reliable. How reliable? I saw it done right in front of my eyes. At first I didn't believe this would work. I heard about a friend of a friend of a friend throwing his broken iPod in rage against a wall. It magically worked after that. Then he told the friend of a friend (who also had a broken iPod) just to bang it off of a desk. Again, the impact fixed the problem, the iPod worked again!

To finish off the story, I was discussing this story with my friends (Paddy). Surprise, surprise one of them had a broken iPod. Five minutes ago, literally he gave the iPod a bang off of the desk. And guess what, it worked!

If you've got a broken iPod, that is NOT under warranty, and doesn't work. Try giving it a bang off a desk (not too hard though, you don't want to smash it!!). So far it's worked! If it IS still under warranty, try getting it fixed before you send it back.

Anyway, the juicy stuff: bang the *side* of the broken iPod against a surface. Then test to see if it works!

End result: Happy Paddy!!

Feel free to leave comments (if it worked or otherwise)...

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pretty strange solution alright! On the topic of iPods i just put my nano up for sale!! check it out man:

5/10/2006 10:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This works. Just did it. My U2 ipod had died with the sick ipod logo on it. Wouldnt reset and my pc wouldnt find it to restore it. Banged side of desk as last resort. Works perfectly. Nice one

5/11/2006 3:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

omg it actually wrked tanx a mil

5/19/2006 9:22 AM  
Anonymous Brian Quinn said...

My iPod hasn't been working for 2 months. i had over 4000 songs on it, but they were all gone. when i connected it to the computer nothing wud happen. I hit it off a desk...i was able to access all my songs again!

5/24/2006 2:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it wrked for me but it has rebroken about 10 times since i did it nd it also freezes alot

5/24/2006 8:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


7/24/2006 12:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

THAT WAS BRILLIANT!!!bet it wont last though

8/07/2006 3:28 PM  
Blogger Justin said...

I think this might be a problem with the head in the hard disk. My old iPod stopped working. I cracked it open to find that the head was in the middle of the disk, and the disk couldn't spool-up because the head was holding it. Hitting it on the side might bump the head enough to allow the disk to spool up and create the air-cusion that the head needs to move about freely when it's not parked.

8/25/2006 8:02 AM  
Anonymous Shirley said...

this is awesome. i was going to pry my ipod open and try to fix it. good thing i found you first. thank youuuuuu!

11/11/2006 11:52 PM  
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11/25/2006 10:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

woooooow. i was going to buy a new ipod, then my dad smashed mine on the desk, and as we speak i'm putting songs back onto it :D :D :D

11/25/2006 5:11 PM  
Anonymous UCD Med Student said...


When I read this I thought it was complete CRAP, but I tried it on my 20G color iPod and it worked. I thought it was toast. Thanks.

11/27/2006 2:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HAHAHA it Really worked! my 4th gen ipod was making the clicking noise and wouldnt work at all.

one bang....fixed!

12/28/2006 10:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


1/07/2007 11:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yup- fixed my 20G color this way! A great quick fix. The "genius bar" at apple told me I had to buy a new one since it was a HW problem. Haha- thanks for nuttin!

1/10/2007 5:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

omggg hahaha that worked on my U2 ipod!

omg i havent had it working for like 4 months.and i was dyinggg!

and now i found this website and just decided to take your advicee..thankyou so muchhh!


1/25/2007 9:03 AM  
Blogger maidendeth said...

holy shit i do believe this just worked !!

2/03/2007 7:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw this and said "why not? it's makin' me mad anyway." and tried my ipod is actually working! I can't believe it! Thanks, so simple, yet I never thougt of it.

3/01/2007 10:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

okay i completely thought this was bs. but i promise you its not--it just worked for me. it probably is resetting the hard drive head. . . makes me wish I hadn't 'recycled' mine for credit. . . i'd bet money this won't work for nanos. . . btw mine (a 20gb clickwheel one) was making this repetitive faint laser gun sound that would slowly fade and repeat ever 2 seconds (like the spinning up and down of a hard drive)

5/05/2007 2:43 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

So incredible!!! I was close to throwing it away. I am very thankful.

7/06/2007 12:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

THANK YOU SOO MUCH! I'm about to leave for college and I was freaking out because my ipod wasnt working and now it is!!! I cant thank you enough!

8/17/2007 4:02 PM  
Blogger Martin said...

Interesting article. I really appreciate this article

Even I had that experience. I should have done the same, when my ipod battery was dead.

I just purchased new
ipod Battery
online from and changed myself.

Now its working. lets try the next time.

8/20/2007 3:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One quick tap on the side of the ipod against my desk top and it is working again. Great, thank you for the advice.

11/09/2007 2:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My Ipod fell off the counter and then all the songs played like in fast forward mode. I searched for help in fixing it and came upon this website. All I can say is "THANK YOU!!!!". Your tip really paid off...After a couple of bangs on my desk, it plays like new!! THANKS SO-O-O MUCH!!

1/02/2008 11:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe I'm just not banging it right... D:

2/26/2008 3:09 PM  
Anonymous Rob said...

This does work!
I found for best results bang on the bottom left corner. You might have to bang it a few times but it will spring back into life!

Word of warning though, I've had to do this about 4 times now in the past couple of years. Its easy to do but I can't see it being a lasting solution...

6/21/2008 4:13 AM  
Blogger Andreya said...

Hi Nice Blog .If you fast forward through your play list, ipod battery will need to fill its cache more frequently, thus accessing the hard drive more often and using more power. This will decrease overall battery life.

12/02/2008 2:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey thanks for the tip. IT WORKS!

10/23/2011 1:12 PM  

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