How long does your iPod Touch's battery last?


macrumors newbie
Original poster
May 4, 2009
Hi guy and gals! I'm a noob here and also with Apple products. So please just bear with me. :D

I just noticed that my new 2nd Gen 32GB Itouch usually takes only about 9 hours of battery life when I occasionally turn on my wireless connection. I thought that my unit is defective so I borrowed a 1st gen 8GB and the problem's still the same! Is this really normal that literally eats lots of juice when using wireless? How many movies can you watch in a full charge Itouch?

Thank guys!

Ivan P

macrumors 68030
Jan 17, 2008
That sounds about right, using Wi Fi does use a lot of battery. For video, Apple advertises up to 5 hours, and for audio up to 36 hours. However, these are done in minimalist conditions. For example, they’d have auto-brightness turned on, the volume at only a certain level and, if it’s music, they’d turn the screen on only when absolutely necessary (yes, volume does have an impact on the battery).
I used to get around 12 hours listening to music, but that was because I always have Wi Fi on, and also have it set to fetch my email every 15 minutes. Oddly, since jailbreaking, it took me about 20 hours to completely drain the battery. That included using the internet (mainly Facebook) quite a bit, checking emails, listening to music, watching videos, AND playing games (well, emulators).


macrumors 68040
Nov 6, 2007
Liverpool, UK
apple claims the following off there specs page:

Playback time
Music playback time: Up to 36 hours when fully charged
Video playback time: Up to 6 hours when fully charged

I can normally go a week without charging my 1st gen unless I decide to play a game on it.


macrumors regular
Mar 12, 2009
Don't forget to keep the brightness down to a minimum - that always helps!

and watch the physics-based games - they *eat* the battery's charge...


macrumors 6502a
Sep 8, 2006
Tokyo, Japan
anywhere from 4 hours to 24 or more depending on the usage.
If you are just using it as an iPod to listen to music it should last a long time. As a games console..... considerably less.


macrumors member
Oct 21, 2008
I notice wi-fi really burns battery, as well as certain games.

I've asked this before without much response, but does anyone know if, once my battery wears down to the point it's barely useful, Apple or a third-party vendor will replace it for a fee? Even if it's, say, two years from now and I want a new device by then, I'd like to keep the old one for work purposes (I do interviews with iTalk).

Better yet, is there (or will there be?) a service that will replace it with a better battery?


macrumors 68020
Mar 7, 2009
Westland, Michigan
I'd say about 4 hours or so, most of it being heavy internet usage. Which is what someone can expect from a laptop, so it's not really a concern of mine. I've had to charge it every day.


macrumors regular
Feb 10, 2007
15.8 miles from Molineux
I charge my first gen touch every day, sometimes twice a day. Having said that, wi-fi is turned on practically all the time, I surf a lot, and play games a lot.

I used to charge it a lot less frequently before OS 2.0 came along with all the Apps to play with. The more you use it, the more you charge it. Simples ;)


macrumors newbie
Sep 7, 2010
hi there
i have an 8 gb ipod touch that either isnt fully charging or its battery is stuffed, how long should it be on the charger? i only play music and the battery last not even 2 hrs, could someone help me out :confused:


macrumors member
Oct 20, 2009
I don't know if I've ever turned off WiFi.

I get a couple hours life out of my 1st Gen at present. I think I'm at about 50% of original capacity at this point.


macrumors newbie
Sep 8, 2011
i usually get around 7 or 8 hours of battery life on my 32 gb ipod touch, sometimes 9 if im lucky. and i have my wi fi on constantly. so my power is going out soon today, and i turned off the wi fi on my ipod to save the battery. after the battery dies, im gonna die of boredom :\


macrumors newbie
Sep 8, 2011
ipod battery

i have a first gen ipod touch that last about 30 minutes! I have no idea why can someone help me?


macrumors 68030
Dec 5, 2009
The Tri-State Area
First gen iPod touch: Before when I used to use it for everything, with WiFi on, I would get about a day's worth of use out of it. This was a mix of playing games, checking social networks, fetch email set hourly, autobrightness on, and just regular web browsing (no videos). Now that it has been demoted to being only my iPod, i get easily three days out of a charge. I just don't use it for the other stuff anymore.

Fourth gen iPod touch: about a day usage using the above criteria. Maybe a bit less if I am watching YouTube videos throughout the day.

Overall I'm impressed with the iPod touch battery life when handling all those things and being used all day.

EDIT: After reading through the thread, I realised I get great battery life. I dunno what I'm doing differently than you guys, but I'm not changing anything.


macrumors newbie
Oct 4, 2011
Ok Guys, I just registered here to help some of you out with something I was told today which solved my problem.

I have had my Ipod Touch 4Th gen for 18 days under a year. The last 3 months my battery has sucked and I mean fully charged on air plane mode etc etc..and when I go to use it within 10 Min's the battery meter shows a third and shortly afterwards I'll go back to look and its shut down on its own.

So on realising I still had some time left on the warranty I called Apple Support UK this morning..

I was transferred to another operator who spoke with an American accent so assume it went to the main offices in the states as I am in the UK and she said after getting my iPods serial etc that they would arrange for it to be picked up by courier and sorted. However she said you have 18 days so please spend a few days doing this test.

Start iTunes and connect the iPod..check its updated and back up.

Then execute a factory restore...then you can recover your apps and settings.

The reason she explained is that sometimes the processor glitches much the same as a PC or anything that works on Binary. She went on to explain that when this happens apps that you have wobbled and turned off don't actually tun off and in the back ground hidden they are all running and draining the battery. ( Who would have guessed that lol)

Reinstalling the software is the key.

Well I have my ipod now playing sky news constantly and its still at @ 60% and it has been running thus far @ 1hr 45 Min' its going to be much greater when its finished and i will update this tomorrow.

But it works and I am sure it will work for many of you as this is clearly a known problem solution at Apple.

Anyway I will do the same on my sisters tomorrow as she has the same problem (we bought the same month)

Anyway hope this helps you and please let me know if it did here as I would like to know if so.




macrumors newbie
Nov 25, 2011

now listen guys, I'm a huge apple fan
and I had the same problem, restarting really works to give you a better battery time if yours dies fast
I jailbroke my 2gen and 1gen iPod, it may allow it to do more stuff, but it really slows down your iPod and kills your iPods battery. My 4g iPod has no problems so far and i got it when it came out, neither does my 4g iPhone.
My friend jailbroke their 3g iPhone and its super slow 2.
Your iPod battery also last longer if you leave it on the factory settings FROM WHEN YOU BOUGHT IT.
I also recamend setting your iPod mail on fetch it yourself, it saves a lot of battery.

p.s. respond if you have any other questions
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macrumors newbie
Nov 26, 2011
Playback time
Music playback time: Up to 36 hours when fully charged
Video playback time: Up to 6 hours when fully charged

Vic Rattlehead

macrumors newbie
Dec 4, 2011
I read a lot of posts online about the battery life and most people were complaining about it not lasting very long. That is the 1 key factor I was looking at when trying to decide to buy the 32 gig version. I'm going to take a chance because I love all the other features on it. I'm going tomorrow to buy it.

Should I wait until the battery is completely dead to charge?