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How I Unlocked My iPod Touch With A Cracked Screen Without Backing Up or Restoring
iPod Touch 3rd generation or later
I spent hours of searching on the internet trying to find a way to unlock my iPod Touch 8G without having to use the slide to unlock because my screen is cracked. I had even contacted Apple Support and was told that I could not unlock my iPod Touch without using the slide lock and that the only way to unlock it was to replace the screen which costs $100.00. I can't afford this right now but I wanted access to my applications on my device.
After searching through Help from the iTunes screen, this is what I was eventually instructed to do:
- First connect your iPod Touch to your computer.
- In iTunes, select your device and click the Summary button which is towards the top of the iTunes screen right beside Apps.
- Click the button that says Universal Access which is located towards the bottom of the iTunes screen right below Options.
- Select Voice Over in the options then click ok.
- Click continue.
- You will hear your iPod say "Screen locked." When you try to slide to unlock it will say: "Slide to unlock." Wait a second and it will say: "Slide to unlock or double-tap." Double-tap. Your screen will then be unlocked.
- I then tapped the setting icon on my iPod Touch, then tapped passcode lock, tapped Simple Passcode to ON. I chose a very simple passcode using the numbers that I was able to easily tap due to my cracked screen. Here you can also change the Auto-Lock settings. I you choose never, be aware that this will drain your battery. But your screen won't automatically lock either.
- After changing to a Passcode Lock, I hooked my iPod Touch back up to my computer, performed steps 1-4 again but thiis time for the options I clicked on neither which is right below Voice Over. This will enable you to more freely use and navigate on your iPod.
Depending on the severity of the cracks, you may not have access to some of your apps. To fix some of this problem, you can rearrange them through your iTunes on your computer to make it easier to access them.
I am having issues using my keyboard though and some of my apps are a little harder to use because of the cracks but at least I am able to use my iPod once again until I can make arrangements to have it repaired.