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iPod Nano White Screen of Death: How to Fix and Prevent Water/Sweat Damage on your iPod Nano 6th Generation.


O No, Is it the iPod Nano White Screen of Death

So many times you hear of people going for their daily work-outs and suddenly experience the ipod nano white screen of death.

The cause of this is water damage.

What I mean by water damage is sweat, which enters the nano threw either the bottom or top depending on where it was placed or clipped at.

Unfortunately, if you are not careful this could and will happen to you, if it hasn't already.

How to Dry iPod Nano Fast

Water-Proof Sports Jacket

How to fix the white screen of death

To fix the white screen of death for your ipod nano do the following:

  • hold the home button
  • hold down the volume + button as well
  • finally hold down the power off button until you see the apple emblem appear on the screen
  • let go of all 3 buttons

Water-proof earbuds

What was Apple thinking, o wait I don't think they were

You would think Apple would have thought of this, especially since they gear the ipod nano 6th generation towards the active listener.

I swear they must think us techie active individuals don' sweat or is a shame because it is very convenient with the clip and all.

So what are we supposed to do?

Obviously you can't clip it on your shorts, heaven forbid you attach it to your waist-band, terrible things would occur if it were to be clipped on your sleeve. You are asking for the ipod nano white screen of death for any of the following.

So what would you have to do in order to prevent any sort of sweat/water damage?

Needless to say this device wasn't all that cheap, let alone the hassle of having to bring it back. Now try explaining to Apple what happened and having to deal with them thinking you are trying to pull a fast one.

Like you have nothing else better to do then ruin products and return them for new ones.

But never-know there are some pretty crazy people out there with nothing else better to do.

This unfortunately makes it harder on the rest of us sane people. I highly recommend using a sports jacket or water-proof armband to prevent the ipod nano white screen of death.

Hope this helps

What about you


Kazım on April 14, 2017:

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iPod Nano Blank Screen Problem White Screen Of Death

I have a 2nd generation black 8GB iPod Nano, the screen remains blank. Completely white. This problem is nothing to do with LCD is SW related issue......

The solution is ; FORMAT the ipod COMPLETELY as an external HDD and plug it to iTUNES for RESTORE action...

Then Bingo..iPOD will be alive again as it should be...

Take care..

Dennis on August 30, 2013:

thanks for the coment and nice solution guy's.....

Martin on May 09, 2013:

I had the same trouble, but i followed your instructions and it worked. I've used a hair dryer for almost 20 minutes and then i left it beside a fan for a night and when i woke up it was working. You're also right about what causes it, a few hour latter i went running and of course i sweat

amh on February 26, 2012:

If you read the reviews of the 'protective' products above, you will see the repeated complaint that the ipod is protected but also inaccessible during workout. So if the darn thing suddenly stops (mine does all the time) you have to take it out of its protective case. CAREFUL!. Stop working out, dry yourself off completely. (this includes your dripping hair). HOlding device at arms length, very very carefully reboot.

Are you kidding me? The old nano's were hardy little gadgets, this new one is an epic FAIL.

nawabra on February 26, 2012:

i have the same problem after my iPod fall in water

tried many solution but nothing work

my friend told me maybe its a "carbonic" problem after drying all water

so i filled up the iPod (nano 6th gen) with tuner cleaner 600 then the iPod work immediately


problem solved

christopher9882 (author) from Chicago, IL on February 16, 2012:

Thank You Chels for sharing what works for you.

CHELS on February 16, 2012:

I just want to write this for anyone who is currently panicking about their ipod/phone, that has been dropped in a glass of water.....although it sounds silly....RICE is the answer.

I dropped my friends ipod in a full pint of water for literally a second, panicked like hell as the last thing she said to me was 'dont break it'. Luckily google told me to put it in a pot of dry rice which soaks up the moisture. (I did spend 15 minutes blowing it with a hair dryer, whilst googling a solution)

Listen to what they say, DO NOT PLUG IT IN OR TURN IT ON.... i just left mine for 5 days in a pot of rice in the airing cuboard. just leave it alone, playing with it will make it worse. All the moisture behind the screen has now disapeared and all is working well. Well at the moment anyway. Just react a quick as you can and you might be able to save it. I wouldn't bother taking it apart as that could cause further problems.

And i want to say a big thankyou to everyone else who has reccomended this solution.

christopher9882 (author) from Chicago, IL on December 28, 2011:

See Jim good things do happen when you give it a chance.

Jim on September 09, 2011:

This happened to me last night.My Ipod was showing a blank white screen (I could kind of see the actual screen in the backgroun). I figured there was moisture between the glass and the actual screen so I put my ipod nano in a bowl and covered it with rice. I left it over night and in the morning the screen was back to normal.

christopher9882 (author) from Chicago, IL on March 30, 2011:

Thanks for voicing your opinion. There really isn't any type of explanation about the white screen. If you experience your iPod nano 6th generation turn white then obviously it have been caused from water/sweat damage.

CeCe on March 29, 2011:

This only helps to prevent any sort of mishaps but does not provide or gave any sort of explanation when the "white screen of death" occurs. That would have been helpful.

Furthermore, I am disappointed in apple, very very disappointed. The article was right, although sarcastic, like there is nothing better for us sane people to do but to bring it back to the store and go through the hassle of replacing it.

All I know that it is going to be a pain to replace it.

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