Want to restore iPod Touch to factory settings

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by daytona, Jul 6, 2008.

  1. macrumors member

    Jul 6, 2008
    I would like to format/clear my iPod Touch to like it was out of the box. A friend wants to purchase mine, due to me moving on to another unit. I really and they do not any of my info in the unit. I have read the manual but I can not see where this is mentioned. So I take it a "format " is in order
  2. macrumors 68040


    Nov 6, 2007
    Liverpool, UK
    easiest option is stick it in recovery mode and restore.

    two ways to do this, huck ipod up to pc/mac via usb and with the device on hold the home and sleep key till the screen goes blank (keep them held down) when the apple logo appears let go of the sleep button ONLY and eventually a itunes logo will appear on screen and itunes will detect a ipod in recovery mode, now just click on the restore button.

    or (I find this easier) download ziphone plug ipod up to pc/mac tell ziphone to put ipod in dfu mode and then when itunes says its detected ipod in recovery mode restore (the faster, easier option in my opinion)
  3. macrumors 601

    Jun 1, 2007
    Chicago, IL, USA
    Settings --> General --> Reset --> Erase All Content and Settings

    Don't waste time by restoring it through iTunes because it'll restore to your old preferences by default, and it takes longer.
  4. thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 6, 2008
    unless I am totally blind....there is no home and sleep key. 16 icons and none say what you mentioned
  5. thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 6, 2008

    Thank You very much...that worked. Now way did the manual not make it that easy?
  6. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 1, 2008

    Home and sleep; the only two physical buttons on the Touch :D
  7. macrumors newbie

    Oct 5, 2009
    Ipod Touch

    Don't forget the volume button. :D
  8. macrumors G4

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    Way to drag up an old thread -- they are talking about the first gen Touch, which doesn't have a volume button.
  9. macrumors newbie

    Nov 12, 2009
    sorry to continue this old thread... but I am currently doing the above (erase all content)... so i can get rid of the touch.

    I have upgraded my 1st gen touch to the v3 software.. will this process reset it back to the original?

    I've only selected the "erase all content and settings" option as below. I need to get it as if it's come out of the box for selling it.

  10. macrumors G4

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    My understanding is that "erase all content and settings" wipes the ipod completely, leaving it without anything, even an operating system. So after doing that, you have to connect it to iTunes, and install firmware. If you really wanted to, you could find and download older firmware to install on it, but I don't really see the point. I'd just let iTunes install the latest firmware. That will give your buyer a "fresh" ipod with only the OS on it, ready for them to put in their own stuff.
  11. macrumors newbie

    Apr 22, 2010
    Jb Alert

    by doing this, ur ipod will be updated to firmware3.1.3,
    for those who dont know, this is the dead firmware. there is no way of jailbreaking this firmware meaning all jailbroken apps, tweeks, and features will be disabled
  12. macrumors member

    Mar 21, 2010
    What was the point of this post?
    And anyways, you are wrong, They are talking about the 1st generation iPod touch, which was you can still jailbreak on 3.1.3, along with 2g and 3g iPhone and 2g iPod touch non-MC
  13. macrumors newbie

    Jul 19, 2010
    Thats 2nd Gen and up, maybe he did not have that version:apple:
  14. macrumors newbie

    May 15, 2012
    I did that General-settings-erase all settings and content now i cant get it back to the home screen
  15. macrumors G4

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    See my previous post #10.

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