Found lost iPod Touch (Need your help)

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by appleofmy"i", Feb 10, 2012.

  1. macrumors regular

    Feb 2, 2010
    Hi guys,
    Around black friday (November 25th) I found a 4th generation iPod Touch in a local parking lot. It is locked with a passcode. I contacted Apple and they sent an email out to the original owner but also informed me that they didn't complete their registration of the iPod. Ive searched Craigslist and local posts to find the owner but no luck :( . I would really like to get this back to its owner but this is where I need your help. How can I get into the iPod to find the owners info?

  2. macrumors P6


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
    If they sent an email out to the original owner I don't understand why the owner hasn't contacted you. Did you give Apple your email addy?
  3. macrumors 68020


    Sep 30, 2010
    221B Baker Street.
    If they're not responding, that's more their problem than your's. And, since it has been 3 months, I doubt they're bothering to look any more. If you're really that concerned about it, post flyers around town with a picture of the touch with the screen saver showing to give more information. If you haven't reset it yet, whoever gets the passcode right gets it.

    It's possible that they're not using that email anymore.
  4. macrumors 6502a


    Nov 13, 2009
    you have done everything ethically right to attempt to return to the ipod.

    It has been enough time. Keep it or sell it.

    If you don't want to keep the money off of selling a lost item, donate the sales to charity.
  5. macrumors 604

    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    Sorry, but there's quite a high chance that the owner has moved on and is not seeking their iPod anymore... :( Not your fault though. You did what you could to reunite it with it's rightful owner, while others may have kept it for themselves :)
  6. thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 2, 2010
    I just feel bad because judging by the wallpaper it was some younger kids iPod. I was hoping someone knew a way to bypass the lock code or at least see the files on the iPod to get an owners name. Its an iPod Touch on 4.3.3 by the way.
  7. macrumors 68020


    Sep 30, 2010
    221B Baker Street.
    I'm pretty sure the only way to get past the lock is to do a full restore, which would then erase all the files/apps and whatnot.
  8. macrumors 604

    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    Aww... :( I'm afraid there is no way to get past without erasing everything on it.
  9. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 4, 2011
    Hong Kong
  10. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 25, 2011
    Chicago, IL
    It's been three months. I'm sure the original owner has moved on.

    If you don't want it, just donate it to your local thrift store.
  11. macrumors 6502a


    Nov 9, 2009
    If the owner his moved on I would erase and do a clean restore so it doesn't have the owner info and then sell it or give it to charity good luck
  12. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 7, 2010
    I'll take it off your hands if you don't mind. You can go to the police station and after a certain amount of time if the owner never claims it, it's yours. I found $50 at work and notified a supervisor..30 days after no one claimed it, the $50 was mine.
  13. jamewhite86, Feb 10, 2012
    Last edited: Feb 13, 2012

    macrumors newbie

    Feb 3, 2012
    Found lost iPod Touch

    Go to Settings on your iPod touch, tap iCloud, and enable Find My iPod touch.1 Then if you misplace it, you can sign in to from any web browser on a Mac or PC. Or borrow your friend’s iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and use the Find My iPhone app.Thanks for sharing the information.
  14. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 7, 2010
    WTF is this helping? He found someone elses iPod, it's password locked. All he can do is restore it and claim it as his, or restore it and donate it.
  15. macrumors newbie

    Jun 13, 2010
    You may get some clues to the owner if you can browse the contents using iExplorer
  16. macrumors 68000


    Sep 9, 2009
    Where the fresh snow don't go.
    I doubt you'll find them...until then, don't worry about it, it's unnecessary stress.
  17. macrumors 65816


    Nov 28, 2007
    Bristol, UK
    Is it possible to get iTunes to take a backup of a locked iPod Touch?

    The backup could then be opened up with something like iPhone Backup Extractor to see if there are any clues as to who it belongs to.

    Alternatively, is it possible to browse through any photos that might be on the iPod using iExplorer? The photos might have a geotag on them so you could potentially find out roughly where the owner lives.
  18. macrumors 603


    Dec 2, 2006
    the OC
    if i'm remembering correctly, a backup can't be made on a locked device until the passcode is entered.
  19. macrumors newbie

    Jan 18, 2013
  20. macrumors 65816

    Jun 9, 2011
    Halfway between the Equator and North Pole
    You realize, don't you, that this thread is nearly a year old?
  21. macrumors 68030


    Apr 30, 2012
    most likely a spammer
  22. macrumors newbie

    May 7, 2013

    It might be mine. Does the lock screen have a 2013 wallpaper?
  23. macrumors member

    Dec 13, 2012
    You lost yours in 2013. This thread is from 2012
  24. macrumors 6502


    Aug 9, 2012
    Ask the NSA
    Try reading the date of this tread first

    (No offense)
  25. macrumors 65816

    Dec 20, 2011
    Still a cool thread to raise from the dead. Kudos to the OP for being a good person and doing the right thing. I bet the kid (if they DID find it) would have been very happy, and at least he tried.

    And the poor guy that bumped the thread is just bumming on losing his beloved touch. It's alright, being sad makes you do things you otherwise wouldn't.

    It's nice to be reminded there are still some people out there with a good heart even if it's because of a zombie thread!

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