It happens that your iPod is so stuck that a simple reboot does not help it, and the queue to the Apple service stretches for 2 weeks - and this is so that some genius tells you that your iPod needs to be restored? Forget waiting and queuing, you can do everything yourself! This guide will show you how to restore any iPod. The iPod Touch section also works for iPhone or iPad.
Method 1 of 2: Recover iPod Touch
Step 1. Connect your iPod Touch to your computer
Launch iTunes on your computer. Make sure iTunes is updated to the latest version.
Step 2. Select your device
It should be listed in the left pane of the iTunes window. If you do not have this panel open, you can select your device from the drop-down menu in the upper right corner of the iTunes window.
If your iPod is not recognized by iTunes when connected to a computer, it may need to be put into DFU (Device Firmware Upgrade) mode before it can be restored
Step 3. Click the Restore button
This button is located on the Summary tab of the selected device. You will be prompted to back up your data. Click "Yes" if you want to keep your data, settings and applications. The device will automatically start backing up. Upon completion, the device will reboot.
Data synced from iTunes will not be copied and will need to be re-synced in the future
Step 4. Select the type of recovery
If you want to restart your apps, settings, and data, select either Restore from iCloud Backup or Restore from iTunes Backup. Next, you will be presented with options for backups from where you can restore. If you want to reset your iPod to factory settings, select Set Up as New Device.
When choosing a recovery method, choose the option that will give you access to the backup you want to recover
Step 5. Wait for the restoration process to complete
This may take a few minutes. The progress of the process and the remaining time will be displayed on the screen of the device.
Step 6. Enter your Apple ID
When you start using your device again, you will need to enter your Apple ID and password to access your apps and data.
Method 2 of 2: Recover iPod Classic, Shuffle, Nano and Mini
Step 1. Make sure your computer is connected to the Internet
Restoring an iPod may require downloading the latest iTunes or iPod firmware.
Step 2. Launch iTunes
Make sure you have the latest version by clicking the iTunes menu and choosing Check for updates … (Check for updates).
Step 3. Connect your iPod to your computer
After a couple of seconds, it should appear in the left pane of the iTunes window. If you do not have this panel open, you can select your device from the drop-down menu in the upper right corner of the iTunes window.
- Click on your iPod to open the Summary tab in the main iTunes window.
- If the device is not recognized, and a sad face appears on the display, try putting the iPod in Disk Mode before restoring. If you are unable to enter Disk Mode, then you have a hardware problem.
Step 4. Click Restore
All data on your iPod will be erased and the settings will be reset to factory defaults. Accept the warning and recovery will begin.
- Mac users will be prompted for an administrator password.
- If you are using Windows, you may see several recovery options, and iTunes prompts you to automatically download the latest iPod firmware. By pressing the SHIFT key before clicking the Restore button, you can find and select the firmware version you want to use on your computer.
Step 5. Wait for the first stage of the recovery process to complete
iTunes will display a progress bar. When this stage is over, iTunes will display one of two messages, depending on the iPod model you are restoring:
- Disconnect the iPod and connect it to the iPod power adapter (for older iPod models).
- Do not disconnect the iPod from the computer to complete the restore (for newer iPod models).
Step 6. Do not disconnect your iPod
During the second phase of the restore, the iPod will display a progress bar on its screen. It is very important that the iPod is connected to a computer or power supply during this step.
The progress bar on the iPod display may be difficult to see as the backlight will probably turn off
Step 7. Set up your iPod
When the restore process is complete, iTunes will launch the Setup Assistant. You will be prompted to choose a name for your iPod and set up sync. At this point, the iPod will be completely cleared. Synchronize your player with your computer to download your music.
- For more information on restoring and troubleshooting your iPod, see the iPod Help section of the iTunes Help section.
- Something went wrong? Make sure you have an internet connection. You may need internet to download new iPod firmware. The fastest way to check for a connection is to launch your browser. If he loads the start page, then the Internet is there.
- Restoring your iPod is not the same thing as formatting your player's disk.
- Back up your data often.
- Make sure you have the latest firmware for your device. If you don't know your model, head over to the Apple website and you can easily figure it out.
- If your iPod needs to be charged, plug it in and leave it on until the indicator goes off. If your iPod battery runs out during the restore process, you have a beautiful, fashionable, and expensive paperweight!
- Since restoring will delete all songs from the iPod, make sure you save them to your iPod disk. All tracks, videos, podcasts and games can be downloaded to your iPod if you've saved them in your iTunes library, of course. If you are using the Nike + iPod Sport Kit, see this document for more information.