Over time as your iPod becomes older like other devices, it may develop a few minor issues. Such as your iPod starts to lag, longer boot times, auto closes the music app. These are the few signs that say you have to restore the iPod to factory settings or to the previous reset point.
Restoring your iPod includes the process of erasing all the data from the device and removing the previous configuration settings. Once you are successful in restoring the iPod to factory settings, you can set up the iPod as a completely new device. The only disadvantage of doing a factory reset is you are going to lose all your information from the iPod if you do not take a backup. In case you forgot to take a backup and lost your data, recover the lost data using iPod Data Recovery.
Below are the steps involved in restoring the iPod to its factory settings.
How to Reset iPod to Factory Setting?
- Restore iPod to Factory Settings using Mac for Mojave or earlier versions
- Restore to Factory Settings using Mac Finder and macOS Catalina
- How to Factory Reset an iPod Touch With iTunes (Mac or PC)
How to Restore iPod to Factory Settings using Mac (Mojave or earlier) or any PC:
- Install the latest version of iTunes on your laptop or PC and open it.
- Connect the iPod to your computer and unlock it. Enter the passcode if asked.
- From the iTunes application on your computer, click on the small icon that represents your iPod in the upper-left corner iTunes window.
- Then select Restore iPod.
- Confirm the Restore process: Next, iTunes asks you to confirm whether you really want to perform this or not, move ahead and confirm the process by clicking on “Yes”
- iTunes starts downloading the fresh software and installs the same
- Wait for progress: As iTunes starts restoring the iPod, it displays a progress bar, wait until the process gets completed.
- Sync restored iPod: After completion of the restoration process, iTunes will display a window indicating the process has been finished.
Restore to Factory Settings using Mac Finder and macOS Catalina:
The latest Mac OS versions (Catalina and BigSur) are integrated features that allow you to directly manage the iPod. No need to install iTunes.
- In Mac Dock, click on Finder.
- Connect the iPod to Mac with the cable.
- Under Finder sidebar> Location >click on iPod.
- Select Restore iPod.
- Confirm the Restore process and the device will erase the data and install the latest version of iPod software.
How to Factory Reset an iPod Touch With iTunes (Mac or PC)
- Before you begin, if there's any information on your iPod touch you want to save, make a backup and turn off the Find My tool.
- On a Mac with macOS Mojave 10.14 or earlier (or on a PC), open iTunes.
- Connect your iPod touch to your computer and unlock it, entering your passcode if prompted.
- Select the small icon representing your device in the upper left corner of iTunes.
- Select Restore iPod touch.
Now, you will get an empty and formatted iPod. Next, you can sync the iPod with your system and download your iTunes library again.
Compared to other methods, resetting iPod to factory settings is the best method to troubleshoot iPod problems and restore it to its previous glory.
However, it is highly suggested to create a backup before you restore the iPod to its factory settings. Create a comprehensive backup of all contents from the iPod. This will help you in getting your valuable data back if any interruption occurs in the restoration process and the data is lost.
In case, you forget to take back up and want to get back your data, you can use Remo Recover software. With the help of this excellent utility, you can retrieve all your lost iPod data back like songs, videos, and pictures in just a few minutes. In addition, it performs iPod Mini data recovery when it is formatted due to virus attacks.
Tony Landry is a Web Content Editor at Remo Software. He loves to write, edit, and manage content for users trying to troubleshoot and fix problems on Windows, Outlook, storage drives and Cloud storage networks.
He has published more than 200 articles in Remo Software blog. He actively engages in research and problem-solving techniques to consistently generate great web content. Fixing various hardware problems on computer and storage devices along with a great knack for fixing Outlook errors, Tony is also the fun-time IT guy for all his work friends. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and enjoys cycling.