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How to reset any iPod

Updated on March 24, 2011

Help! I need to reset my iPod

There are many reasons why you may need to reset your iPod. There are also many different iPods, since they come out with a new one just about every year. There is no universal way to reset all iPods, but there is a way to do it for each model. I'll show you how to do it for your iPod in just a few easy steps. Your music files will be safe after a reset, but you may lose some of your settings.

iPod Touch Wheel

Remember this old thing? As it turns out, many people are still using this original iPod. Here's how to reset it: slide to switch to hold and then off. Do it again just for good measure. Press the play/pause button and the menu button at the same time and hold it for about 10 seconds.

iPod Scroll Wheel

Use the same step as with the iPod Touch Wheel, but you'll get a nice Apple logo on your screen when you're successful.

iPod Shuffle

Apple's first attempt at a ultra-portable music device. No screen on these, so it's a little trickier. Or maybe not. Disconnect the Shuffle from a computer, switch it to the off position (no green should be showing on the back). Wait 10 seconds. Move the switch back to the on position.

iPod Mini

These were such a hit when they came out, weren't they? Resetting the Mini is the same as resetting the Scroll Wheel which I explained above.

iPod Click Wheel

Same exact instructions as for the Scroll Wheel and Mini (see above)

iPod Photo

How long has it been since these puppies shook the world? Anyway, same instructions as for the Scroll Wheel, although the Apple logo that now appears looks a lot cooler.

iPod Nano

The follow-up to the Mini, the reset instructions for the Nano are the exact same as for the previous generation device.

iPod Video

The fifth generation iPod, the Video has been out for like 5 years now. Why am I pointing this out? Well, because there still isn't an iPod with a 1 terabyte hard drive. What's the deal with this? I need a lot of room for my music and videos. If you want to reset this device, follow the same advice as for the other iPod devices listed above.

iPod Touch and iPhone

Hold the sleep/wake button and at the same the home button. After about 10 seconds the screen will go black and you'll see the Apple logo.


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