There will always be moments when an iPod will not yield to commands. Oftentimes this is caused by too many button presses, a badly made app, or perhaps just too much stored files. When these symptoms appear, there is one thing left to do before deciding on a new iPod: a hard reset.
This also is the final cure for iPod Touch users who have forgotten the passcode to their devices as well. Now before toggling between buttons in order to perform the hard reset, it is necessary to understand what it means to the device and the user.
What Will The iPod Hard Reset Do?
A hard reset on earlier iPod models is literally a lifesaver. Resetting simply powers down the device, clears some settings, and then turns it back on. No data is lost, save for a few settings such as time and date especially if the battery is fully drained. This works perfectly on the older models since the most common issue is that of the screen freezing or a device refusing to properly turn on. An iPod Touch hard reset, on the other hand, performs the same functions without endangering any stored media or apps. The hard reset in the iPod Touch is also a necessary step when it cannot be unlocked or refuses to update. Unfortunately if such is the condition, some data will be lost.
How To Reset iPod Touch Correctly
First the hold switch needs to toggled from on to off. This means sliding the hold switch to the on position for a second or two, then turning it off again. Afterwards the menu button must be pressed simultaneously with the play/pause button for at least 8 seconds. This particular step may have to be repeated until the Apple or iPod logo is shown on screen. It is possible that for older models the center button and menu button will be held together. A final attempt would be to connect the iPod to a computer and then perform the hard reset.
Hard Reset iPod Touch To Recover Control
A hard reset on an iPod Touch is a similar process. To perform a hard reset, hold the sleep/wake and home buttons until the familiar Apple logo is on screen. The iPod Touch should power down and turn itself on after a few seconds. If the hard reset does not do the job of recovering the state of the iPod Touch or if the passcode is lost, the device needs to be connected to its host computer. Additional steps will have to be performed, but the hard reset is in the heart of the process.
As soon as iTunes prompts the restore procedure, press yes, and it will start the recovery process. Do take note that this only works if a backup has been performed beforehand. Otherwise, the recovery will only recover the original settings of the iPod Touch when it was first bought. This means all apps, media, and personal options will be lost forever.