A deeper understanding of your iPod can help you troubleshoot issues with your device and prevent problems. Knowing how to troubleshoot issues on your iPod and get what you want out of your device can save time and money. Here's a few helpful hints and tips to help work through issues and get a little more mileage out of your device.
No Wi-Fi Connection
The iPod touch is the only iPod equipped to pick up Wi-Fi. Tap the "Settings" icon and then tap "Wi-Fi." If "ON" is not highlighted with a blue background on the "ON/OFF" toggle, tap it to turn the Wi-Fi on. The "Choose a Network" field appears beneath "Wi-Fi." Tap the Wi-Fi network you want to connect to and enter a username and password if prompted. Your Wi-Fi network may have become disconnected if the password changed. Move closer to the wireless access point. The distance you can be from your device and still pick up a signal depends on the strength of the wireless router you are using. If all else fails, reset the network settings. To do so, tap "Settings," "General," "Reset" and then "Reset Network Settings." Navigate back to "Wi-Fi" within "Settings," turn on "Wi-Fi" and select your wireless network again.
Not Appearing in iTunes
Open iTunes and check for an update. If you are using OS X, click "iTunes" from the menu in the upper-left corner of the screen and then click "Check for Updates." If you are using Windows 7, click "Help" and then click "Check for Updates." Connect your iPod to a high-power USB port using the USB cable that came with the device and let it charge for at least 10 minutes. Connect the iPod to different USB ports in your computer to see if the USB port you are using is not working. Restart your iPod and restart your computer. Uninstall and reinstall iTunes to resolve any instability within the program.
Optimize iPod touch Battery
Wi-Fi is a battery hog; turn it off if you don't need it. Reduce the brightness on an iPod screen; the brighter the screen the more battery power is required. Turn off the Push function for email; pushing mail notifies you immediately when you receive email. The downside is that the iPod touch is always checking for new email, which uses a great deal of battery power. Instead, use the Fetch feature that sets how often your "Mail" app looks for new email. Turning off Fetch can also save battery power, but then your iPod touch only searches for new email when you open the Mail app and then open an inbox.
In case your iPod crashes or needs to be restored, always have a backup on hand you can restore the device to. Back up the iPod touch by connecting the iPod to the computer by opening iTunes and then right-clicking the name of the device under "Devices" on the left side of the program window. Click "Back Up." A backup of your device will be created. Because all other iPods are less complex than the iPod touch, you only need to back up the media on those devices that exists in iTunes. To do this, click "File," "Library" and then "Back up to Disc." Choose whether you want to back up your entire iTunes library, items purchased through iTunes or items added since the most recent backup. Insert a CD or DVD and click "Continue" to burn the disc. To restore media from the disc, open iTunes, insert the disc and then click "Restore."
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