How to Restore iPod Touch to Factory Settings

Are you facing issues with your iPod touch? Does it lag or often freezes and the apps crash suddenly? Well, in that case, you should try resetting it to factory settings. When you restore your iPod touch, all the data and settings will get removed, and the device will essentially get formatted. This will help in troubleshooting a number of issues and improve your user experience. Let’s check out the steps to restore iPod touch to its factory settings.


Before you get started with the reset process, you need to prep up. Firstly, you need to check that the computer comes with a USB 2.0 port. After that, upgrade the iTunes to the most recent version. If you are using an older version of iTunes, then just run a software update check on the system, follow the on-screen commands, and download the most updated version.

Or else, just navigate to the Apple official website and open the iTunes tab. After that, select the Download Now option.

You also need to ensure that the Mac computer runs on MacOS X 10.6 or later versions. If you are a Windows user, then you need to check that you have Windows XP Home or later versions. If by any chance, you have an older OS version, then you have to upgrade the OS in order to restore the iPod Touch to factory settings.

Connect the iPod Touch and Back Up the Data and Settings

  1. Launch the iTunes program on the device. You must do it before you connect the iPod, so as to avoid recognition issues.
  2. Now, just insert the USB cable into the port in the computer. Ensure that, it is plugged into the correct port and not into an external USB hub. Also, check that the other USB ports are free and unplugged.
  3. Now, you need to plug the iPod device to the Apple Dock connector to USB port cable.
  4. In case the system comes with USB ports on both ends, plug it to the port on the rear side of the system.
  5. If the iTunes fails to identify the iPod when it gets connected, then close the iTunes window and launch it again.
  6. If restarting iTunes does not work, then reboot the system and start fresh.
  7. After hooking up your iPod Touch to the computer, you need to back it up. Synchronize it to the system in order to store a copy of all the data and settings.
  8. Just right-click on the iPod device option in iTunes and click on the Back Up Now button.

Restore iPod Touch to Factory Settings

  1. In the iTunes screen, hit the Restore option.
  2. Now, you will get prompted to restore the iPod touch to the factory settings.
  3. Or else, you can open the Settings app in your iPod.
  4. After that, go to the General menu.
  5. In the General Settings screen, scroll down to the end.
  6. After that, select the Reset option.
  7. Now, you will be presented with various choices,
  8. Tap on any Reset option.
  9. Confirm the action in the next screen.
  10. Lastly, tap on Erase iPod for resetting the iPod touch.
  11. Allow the device to reboot. When it boots up again, it will be restored to the factory settings.

Olivia Jones is a self-professed security expert; she has been making the people aware of the security threats.Her passion is to write about Cyber security, cryptography, malware, social engineering, internet and new media. He writes for Norton security products at



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