IPOD changed from English to something else

Discussion in 'iPod' started by eVolcre, Jun 13, 2005.

  1. eVolcre macrumors 68000


    Jan 7, 2003
    Woah! This was wierd. I just took my U2 ipod out of storage ( i have been moving) and switched it on. The battery seemed low which was normal. Probloem is that all the menus etc came up in Chinese/Greek/Cryliic letters. Just a bunch of symbols. How do i get it back to English? The hold button was off so it may have come on and off in transit. If I can't understand the menus, how do I pick the option that controls the language?
  2. jamdr macrumors 6502a


    Jul 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    I don't know if this is the best way, but you could restore your iPod software (erasing everything on it) and then when you start it up for the first time, it will ask you to select a language.
  3. eVolcre thread starter macrumors 68000


    Jan 7, 2003
    How do I do that? and if i do that i just need to connect it to my PB to download the music again right?
  4. beige matchbox macrumors 6502a

    beige matchbox

    Mar 16, 2005
    Oxfordshire, UK
    OK, assuming the menus are the same as mine...

    main menu,
    4th from the top
    13th from the top (3rd from bottom)

    and select your language :)

    Hope that does the trick
  5. nw43 macrumors regular

    May 8, 2005
    Well, it would probably be easier for you just to change the language on the ipod rather than resetting it and thus losing all your music:

    On the main menu, the 3rd menu from the bottom is 'Settings'

    Once you've got onto that page, scroll all the way to the bottom and move up again to the third from bottom option which is 'languages' Once you've got that menu up you should be able to see the different languages and select 'English' *

    Either, that or a crash course in Chinese is in order! ;)

    *By the way this was done on my 4G iPod - I'm not sure if it is different on other ones if you have a different model.
  6. eVolcre thread starter macrumors 68000


    Jan 7, 2003
    I'll give it a shot once I get home. It's a U2 IPOD. How wierd though. It doesn't even look like a language. Just some symbols. That's why i guessed cryllic.
  7. eVolcre thread starter macrumors 68000


    Jan 7, 2003
    HEY!!!!! It worked!

    Thanks for the detailed menu instructions fellas!! :D

    I woul dlove to know what that wierd ass language was but I'm not going to mess with it.

    Thanks againb!

  8. dotdotdot macrumors 68020

    Jan 23, 2005
    The easier method is to hook the ipod up to your computer, head to Apple.com and download the latest iPod software, and reset the iPod. Then, unplug it and select the language "English," (duh...) and then reload all the songs.
  9. MaCaDDiCT21 macrumors member


    Oct 10, 2004
    Chandler, AZ
    look in your manual(what a concept)...

    it will give you the instructions to restore it back to the english...

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