How to Reset an iPod on a Computer

by Todd Bowerman

If you are giving an iPod as a gift, or if your iPod has become corrupted and refuses to operate, it may be necessary to reset the device to its factory settings. Restoring an iPod completely erases its disk and brings it back in line with the built-in apps and settings it possessed when shipped. You can complete the factory restore process on a computer by using the iTunes music management application.


Connect the iPod to your computer via the Apple USB sync cable.


Open iTunes, if it does not open automatically. Select the iPod on the device drop-down menu.


Click the “Back Up Now” button. This transfers all of your images, music and other media to the computer; you can re-sync it to the iPod after the factory reset.


Click the “Restore iPhone” button when the sync is complete. Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the factory restore.


Walk through the iTunes Setup Assistant when restoration is complete to set your iPod up again and re-sync its old data.


  • close Information in this article applies to iPods running iOS 6. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.

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