Frequently Asked Questions

Look below for answers to some common questions regarding the iPod personal volume limit adjustment.

Q. What is the Volume Limit adjustment on my iPod or iPhone?

A. The Volume Limit adjustment lets you change the maximum volume at which your iPod will play music or other audio.

Q. How do I change the Volume Limit on my iPod or iPhone?

A. On an iPod nano, iPod classic, iPod touch 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. The initial slider setting corresponds to the volume the iPod shuffle was set to when you selected the "Limit maximum volume" checkbox.

If you do not see the Volume Limit setting on an iPod nano (1st generation or 2nd generation) or iPod (fifth-generation), please be sure that you update the software to the latest version. See "Updating iPod software" to obtain the latest version of the iPod Software and learn how to update your iPod. 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 iPod?

A. There is no single setting that can be recommended for all iPod 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 on my iPod to a specific decibel level?

A. The Volume Limit setting lets you change the maximum output of your iPod’s headphone jack. 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 iPod accessories?

A. The Volume Limit affects earbuds, headphones and other accessories that are plugged into the iPod headphone jack.