How to Reset an iTouch to Factory

By Aaron Wein

The iPod touch, also called the iTouch, utilizes the same operating system as Apple's iPhone and iPad. This means your iPod touch includes dozens of bonus features over the classic click-wheel iPods. For instance, you can use your iPod touch's built-in reset function to clear all of the device's data, such as music, applications, and altered settings. Once executed the reset function restores your iPod touch to factory settings.

Step 1

Fully charge your iPod touch to prevent draining your battery during the factory reset.

Step 2

Touch "Settings" on the device's Home screen.

Step 3

Select "General" from the "Settings" menu.

Step 4

Choose "Reset."

Step 5

Select "Erase All Content and Settings." A confirmation window pops up on the bottom of the screen.

Step 6

Touch the red confirmation button on the bottom of the screen.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can also use iTunes to factory reset the iPod touch. Connect your device to your computer, run iTunes and select its name in the left column. Click the "Summary" tab and select "Restore."
  • If your device runs out of battery life during the factory reset, connect it to your computer and select "Erase All Content and Settings."
  • First- and 2nd-generation iPod touch's can take several hours to reset while 3rd- and 4th-generation models take a few minutes.