How to Unlock an iPod

By Techwalla Electronics Editor

Your later generation Apple iPod can be locked to protect your personal data from anyone else's eyes. There are a variety of ways to unlock it depending on your access to the combination, the primary computer linked with the iPod, or neither.

Unlock with the Combination

Step 1

Remember the 4-digit combination you used to set the screen lock.

Step 2

Enter the exact combination. If the combination is correct, the iPod unlocks and displays the screen you were on before you locked it.

Step 3

The numbers on the screen flash red if you enter the code incorrectly.

Unlock with the Primary Computer

Step 1

Plug the iPod into the primary computer linked to that iPod, the first computer you synchronized it with unless you have designated another computer as the primary computer.

Step 2

Open iTunes and sync the iPod as normal.

Step 3

Remove the iPod, following the normal removal procedure. The iPod unlocks automatically as you remove it.

Unlock by Restoring

Step 1

Restore the iPod to factory settings if you do not have access to your primary computer. This erases all of the data you have stored on the iPod.

Step 2

Plug your iPod into the new computer you want to be the primary computer. Open iTunes and click on the "Restore" button.

Step 3

Reload your data, if it is available and sync your iPod. Remove it following normal procedures.