iPod software updates aren’t as frequent as iPhones. With less number of iPod sales these, and no new models being released regularly, there is nothing much to update. But, if Apple launches a software update for iPod, make sure you install it as it usually comes with support for new attributes or features, bug fixes, and the new versions of the operating system for Mac and Windows.
iPhones and iPads can be updated with latest OS over the internet, but with iPods, it’s a different thing altogether. The iPod’s OS can be updated only through iTunes.
This guide on how to update iPod OS applies to all versions of these models – iPod Classic, iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle.
Let’s begin with the things that you’ll need:
First thing; obviously, one of the iPod models mentioned above and the latest version of iTunes – should be installed on the computer. A USB cable which is compatible with the iPod - the one which comes along with the iPod when purchased. And lastly a computer.
A Guide to Update iPod Operating System
This is a simple process and there shouldn’t be any problem if done in right procedure. Follow the step by step instructions to update the iPod software:
Step 1: Connect the iPod to your computer with the help of the USB cable. As soon as you connect, either iTunes will launch or it will sync your iPod based on your settings. If iTunes doesn’t open, you can launch it now.
Step 2: Sync the iPod to your computer (if it doesn’t happen as step 1). You are doing this to take a backup of the data. Though it may not be required, but it’s always a good idea to have a backup just in case if something goes wrong while upgrading.
Step 3: just below the playback buttons, you’ll see the iPod icon in the left top corner of the iTunes.
Step 4: now, Click ‘Summary’ In the column on the left-hand side.
Step 5: Once the Summary screen opens, you’ll see a box at the top in the center of the Summary screen which includes some useful information. First, it gives information on what version of the software you are currently using. And then it tells you if that is the latest version of operating system or else it shows you if there is any latest software available to update. If the latest version is present, click ‘Update’. And if you know that there is new software available, but it is not reflecting, then you can click ‘Check for Update’
Step 6: You may see different windows popping up, depending on which system you are using its setting. If you are using a Mac computer, you’ll be asked to provide passcode or systems password or will ask you to approve of downloading the software. Once done, just follow the instructions.
Step 7: The software update is first downloaded on your system and then installed on the iPod. During this process, all you have to do is to wait for it to finish. The during for downloading and installing depends on the speed of internet or your computer and the size of the software update.
Step 8: once the installation is done, your iPod will restart automatically. When it opens, you’ll see a new operating system running on your iPod.
Note: just in case you did not take a backup or lost your iPod data for any other reasons, follow these steps to retrieve deleted files from iPod and you shall have your data back as it was.
Sometimes (in rare cases), you’ll be asked to restore your iPod to factory settings before updating the software. One has to be careful while restoring as this will wipe out the entire data and setting from the iPod and goes back to the position it was when you first bought it.
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