Making an old iPod Touch useful again

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by Silvereel, Jul 21, 2012.

  1. Silvereel macrumors 6502

    Jan 19, 2010
    Just curious here... I've got an iPod Touch 3rd Gen, and it's gotten deathly slow with all of the new updates. I know that it's possible to go backwards, but at the same time I really like running a lot of the newer apps - for instance, Apple's new Podcasts app, which runs like a dog on my device. Is there any way I might be able to speed it up? I've already disabled Spotlight for everything except for songs and apps, and I've uninstalled pretty much everything except media apps - this iPod Touch is pretty much retired, and used only for jogging, so I don't get my iPhone all sweaty.

    So what I'm wondering is, do I have any other options? I would be open to jailbreaking if it could help speed things up, but I couldn't care less about any other features.
  2. RedCroissant Suspended

    Aug 13, 2011
    Just curious but have you tried restoring it? I did that my my dad's iPhone 3G and it actually worked wonders for his device. He always left it powered on and running numerous apps that ended up just making his phone slow. I would recommend that first, well that would be my only recommendation since that's what I've sen normally speeds things up.
  3. ShaleBeach, Jul 23, 2012
    Last edited: Jul 23, 2012

    ShaleBeach macrumors newbie

    Jul 23, 2012
    Jailbreaking is an option! (only for windows, I used windows 7 but you need Itunes 10)

    go here:

    And follow the instructions, except change these 2 things:
    First, use this link to install Sn0wbreeze 2.9.6 (not 2.9)

    second, Go here to download the correct firmware (go to the drop down menu for ipod touch, select "iPod Touch 3G (3.1.3/7E18)"

    finally, after you use Sn0wbreeze to create your .ipsw file, do not continue with the instructions to put it into DFU mode, but rather close Sn0wbreeze, and open iREB-r5, it has the same instructions, but also makes iTunes think its an update so you can restore it.

    root around at if you want something different, but iOS 4.x has multitasking, which could put you back in square one in terms of performance.

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