How To Reset iPhone, iPod Touch, iPod Classic, iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle

Written By Sam on 31 July 2010
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You can now bring your frozen iPod back to life by following few easy steps. If the iPod is frozen or if it is not turning ON, you need to reset it and the reset procedure will vary by model. If you are not sure of the iPod model, you can always identify your model by visiting the Apple support page at http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1353.

How To Reset iPhone and iPod touch

If an application or a feature is not working, then you will need to reset your iPhone or iPod touch in order to resolve the issue. To do this, press and hold the Sleep/Wake button and the Home button together for at least ten seconds, until the Apple logo appears.

How To Reset iPod with a Click Wheel

  1. Toggle the Hold switch on and off. (Slide it to Hold and turn it off again).
  2. Press and hold the Menu and Center (Select) buttons together for about 6 to 8 seconds, until the Apple logo appear. Ensure that the finger pressing the Select button is not touching the click wheel and that you are pressing the Menu button towards the outside of the click wheel, and not near its center.

How To Reset iPod with scroll wheel, touch wheel and iPod dock connector

  1. Toggle the Hold switch on and off. (Slide it to Hold and turn it off again)
  2. Press and hold the Play/Pause and Menu buttons together for about 6 to 8 seconds, until the Apple/iPod logo appears. If it does not work you may need to repeat this step.

If the above steps do not work, try connecting iPod to a power adapter and plug it into an electrical outlet, or connect your iPod to the computer. Make sure the computer is turned on and it is not set to go to sleep.

How To Reset iPod shuffle

  1. Disconnect the iPod shuffle from your computer (if connected).
  2. Move the switch to the OFF position. Tip: When iPod shuffle is off, the green stripe near the switch is not visible. Wait 5 seconds.
  3. Move the switch to the “play in order” or the “shuffle” position. Now the green stripe will be visible in either position. For iPod shuffle 2nd generation, just slide the power switch on (so you can see the green stripe).

Please be aware that when you reset an iPod all your music and files will be automatically saved. However, some of your custom settings may be lost. Other customized settings, such as Bookmarks, Shuffle, Backlight timer, On-The-Go Playlists, and so forth will be automatically saved from the last time the hard drive turned on.

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