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Chapter 3. Controlling an iPod or iPod Mini > Using the iPod's Backlight

Using the iPod's Backlight

The Backlight lights up the iPod's screen so you can see it in dark conditions or at other times when you are having trouble reading it. You can turn the Backlight on or off manually, and you can configure it to turn off automatically after a specific period of time.


The Backlight uses a lot of power. To maximize the play time you get between recharges, you should use the Backlight only when you really need it or set the automatic settings so it is on only briefly.

Turning On the Backlight

To turn on the Backlight, move to the Main menu, select Backlight, and click the Select button. The Backlight will come on and your iPod's world will be a lot brighter.

After the current backlight time passes, the Backlight will turn off automatically.

Configuring the Backlight

If you don't want to have to manually turn on the Backlight, you can set the iPod to turn it on briefly each time you press a button. This is useful because you can always see what you are doing no matter what lighting conditions are you are in. You can also have the Backlight on at all times, but I don't recommend that option because of the drain on the iPod's battery.


To enable me to write and you to read fewer words, I've used some shorthand to indicate iPod menu selections. For example, when you see “select Main menu, Settings,” this means to move to the iPod's Main menu and then to the Settings menu by highlighting the Settings command and pressing the Select button. When you see “Select Backlight Timer,” that means to highlight the Backlight Timer command and click the Select button.

You can configure your iPod's Backlight settings by performing the following steps:

Select Main menu, Settings. You'll see the Settings screen.

Select Backlight Timer. You'll see the Backlight screen (see Figure 3.5).

Figure 3.5. You use the Backlight menu to configure your iPod's Backlight.

If you want the backlight to come on each time you press a control, choose the amount of time you want it to remain on after you stop touching a control. Your options are 2, 5, 10, 15, or 20 seconds.

If you want the Backlight to come on only when you select the Backlight command on the Main menu, select Off.

If you want the Backlight on all the time, select Always On. Again, I don't recommend this option because it will drain your battery more quickly.


For battery conservation, I don't recommend the 10-, 15-, or 20-second setting. Try the 2- or 5-second setting because they provide a decent length of illumination time but won't be quite so hard on your battery.

Press Menu twice to move back to the Main menu.

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