How to Reset an iPod When It Is Locked Up

by Christina Martinez
Ear buds that are used with the iPod.

Ear buds that are used with the iPod.

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Technology is not perfect and, sometimes, you might need to reset certain technological devices. A frozen iPod can be frustrating, but this can be fixed. Your iPod model will determine which process will successfully reset the device.

iPod Touch

Step 1

Unplug your iPod from your computer.

Step 2

Press down the button on the top-left of the iPod until a red slider appears on the screen. Slide your finger across the red slider.

Step 3

Turn the iPod back on by holding the button on the top-left of the iPod until the Apple logo appears.

Step 4

Press and hold the button on the top-left of your iPod and the home button at the bottom-center of your iPod simultaneously if your iPod does not reset.

Step 5

Wait until the Apple logo appears.

iPods With a Click Wheel (Nano and Classic Versions)

Step 1

Unplug your iPod from your computer.

Step 2

Slide the On/Off switch to the "On" (hold) position and then to the "Off" position.

Step 3

Press and hold the "Menu" button at the top of the click wheel and the center button, in the middle of the click wheel, simultaneously.

Step 4

Hold these buttons until the Apple logo appears. If your Apple logo fails to appear, repeat this process until the logo returns.

iPod Shuffle

Step 1

Unplug your iPod from your computer.

Step 2

Slide the On/Off switch to the "Off" position.

Step 3

Wait at least five seconds.

Step 4

Slide the On/Off switch back to the "On" position, where the green stripe is visible.

Tip

  • If you are having trouble resetting an iPod with a click wheel, place it on a flat surface to ensure that you are pushing the correct buttons.
  • If these troubleshooting methods do not work, contact Apple's customer service at 800-275-2273 for further instructions. There may be a other serious complications occurring that may require more assistance.

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About the Author

Christina Martinez has been writing professionally since 2007. She's been published in the California State University at Fullerton newspaper, "The Daily Titan." Her writing has also appeared in "Orange County's Best" magazine. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and print journalism from California State University.

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