iPod touch Is it OK to use my iPod touch 4G while charging?

Defcon One

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Oct 28, 2011
I normally charge my Touch with a wall charger. Was wondering if it's ok to use it while it's charging, or if that could damage it somehow/is a bad idea, and why. Thanks in advance for the help! :)


macrumors 6502a
Dec 21, 2011
Ontario, Canada
Chundles is correct, you shouldn't experience any issues using the iPod while it is charging.

That being said, if you are going to be doing this, it is normal for it to warm up a little more than usual and may also take a little longer to charge if you'll be using it simultaneously.


macrumors 6502
May 2, 2009
No problem at all. I do the same with my iPad. It's the same as using the laptop and charging it at the same time.


macrumors regular
Jul 12, 2011
From the point of view scary stories about overheating Li-Po batteries it might be an issue - if you have a faulty unit.

In general it should be no problem at all, however if you notice the iPod get excessively warm then I would stop.

I would say it's different from charging a laptop battery and using at the same time. Laptops have two separate circuits that the charger utilises. One side gives the laptop power and the other side charges the battery. When you plug in a laptop you're not receiving battery power anymore, it's all from the wall and the battery can rest while it slowly charges. Basically charges are the workhorse here as they're handling quite a bit of current to do all this.

It's why you can start your laptop from 0% power and why you have to wait for an iPad / iPhone / iPad / Android etc. to charge for a few minutes before power on.

However on small devices there isn't dual circuits so ALL power is derived from a battery and this is where the small fear is: If a battery is charging while being utilised it is receiving current and giving current leading to a well utilised battery which can warm it up quite a bit.
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