How to Restore a Locked iPod

By Christina Martinez

The iPod, whether you have a shuffle, nano, classic or touch version, can store a lot of music and other entertainment in a compact unit. Occassionally, your iPod may lock up and need to be restored or reset. Each iPod model has its own restore instructions.

Things You'll Need

  • iPod

shuffle

Step 1

Move the "On/Off" switch back to the "Off" position.

Step 2

Wait five to 10 seconds.

Step 3

Move the "On/Off" switch back to the "On" position. A green stripe should be visible in this position. Your iPod will turn back on. If it does not, then you may have a different problem and need to refer to the Apple website for further instructions.

classic and nano

Step 1

Turn the "Hold" switch to "Hold," then to "Off."

Step 2

Press the "Center" button and the "Menu" button together. Hold them down for about six to eight seconds. Do this until the Apple logo comes on the screen.

Step 3

Repeat Step 2 if you do not see the Apple logo. The Apple log will appear for a few seconds and then your home screen will appear. If this does not fix the problem refer to the Apple website for further instructions.

touch

Step 1

Hold down the "Sleep/Wake" button until a red slider comes up on your screen asking to "Power Off."

Step 2

Slide your finger so that you power off the iPod. To turn it back on, press and hold the "Sleep/Wake" button until an Apple appears. If you are unable to turn off your iPod, try resetting it.

Step 3

Hold down the "Home" button and the "Power" button at the same time. Do this until you see the Apple logo. This will reset the iPod, but do this only if you cannot get your iPod to do anything else. The Apple logo will appear for a few seconds and then take you to your home screen. If this does not work, refer to the Apple website for further instructions.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always unplug your iPod from the computer before restoring it.
  • If you have a click wheel version, try setting the iPod on a flat surface before restoring it.
  • You may lose information when you reset your iPod. Be sure to back up everything.