Frequently Asked Questions

Look below for answers to some common questions regarding the personal volume limit adjustment when listening to music.

Q. What is the Volume Limit adjustment used for?

A. The Volume Limit adjustment lets you change the maximum volume level at which you can listen to music or other audio.

Q. How do I change the Volume Limit?

A. On an iPod nano, iPod classic, iPod touch, iPad or iPhone, you can adjust the maximum volume by going into your Settings menu. On an iPod shuffle, adjust the volume to the desired maximum volume. Connect your iPod shuffle to iTunes and select "Limit maximum volume". Drag the slider to the desired maximum volume. For more information about how to set your Volume Limit, please see your User Guide.

Q. At what level should I set the Volume Limit on my device?

A. There is no single setting that can be recommended for all users or uses. You may experience a different sound level with different earbuds or headphones and with different EQ settings. Some hearing experts suggest that you set the volume while in a quiet environment, turn the volume down if you can’t hear people speaking near you, avoid turning up the volume to block out noisy surroundings, and limit the amount of time that you use earbuds or headphones at high volume.

Q. How can I set the Volume Limit to a specific decibel level?

A. The Volume Limit setting lets you change the maximum volume output to your earbuds or headphones. The actual sound pressure level that you experience depends on several factors: the music you’re listening to, how it was recorded and encoded, the type of earbuds or headphones you use, and their placement in your ears.

Q. Does the Volume Limit affect listening accessories?

A. The Volume Limit affects earbuds, headphones, and some other accessories that are plugged into the headphone jack, lightening connector, or using a bluetooth connection.