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Apple iPod: How to restore without iTunes

iPod Touch can still be restored without the use of iTunes. In fact, there are a lot of ways to do this. Here’s how.

If you ever run into a problem with your iPod touch, there are some quick fixes you can try without having iTunes even installed on your computer. If you do sync via iTunes, it might not even recognize it when it’s plugged in, so you should try these tricks out, too.

If you have an iPhone or iPad running iOS 5 or higher, these solutions will likely work for you, too, but I’ll be talking mainly about iPod touches.

Force Close a Troublesome App

Think it’s just an app that’s the culprit of your iPod touch problems? You can skip the lengthy restore options below and first try to close the app. You can do this by double-clicking the Home button, finding the app in question in the recently used list, long-press on it, and hit the red-white minus sign to close it.

If that didn’t close the app, you’ll have to force close it. You can do that by holding down the Sleep/Wake button for a few seconds until you see the red slider appear. Then, hold down the Home button until you app force quits.

Reset Your iPod Touch

App not the problem? Try the next easiest solution—restart your iPod touch. With the iPod touch on, simply hold the Sleep/Wake button at the top until the red Power Off slider appears, then slide the device off. Once the screen is black, hold the Sleep/Wake button again for a few seconds until the device turns back on.

If that method doesn’t solve your problem, you may have to restore your iPod touch. To do this, hold the Sleep/Wake and Home buttons down for at least 10 seconds, until the iPod touch shuts off and begins to restart. You can release the buttons once you see the Apple logo appear.

Reset Your iPod Touch’s Settings

If neither of those works, the next place to start is resetting all of the settings on your device. Go to Settings -> General -> Reset. There will be a few options, but try Reset All Settings first.

This will keep all the data and media on your iPod touch intact, but erase any system settings that may have led to an error with iTunes, if that’s what you’re experiencing.

If none of the above options fixed your device already, there are a few things you can try with iTunes, even if iTunes doesn’t recognize your device.

Factory Reset Your iPod Touch

If all else fails, you may have to restore your device to factory settings. Under Settings -> General -> Reset, select Erase All Content and Settings to restore your iPod back to its original, out-of-the-box setup.

This will get rid of any files, music, or apps you have stored on the device, so use this as a last resort—especially if you’re not able to backup first.

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