Safely resetting your iPod

If your iPod seems frozen, confused, or otherwise unresponsive, you can reset it without losing your music and data files. Some settings, like Bookmarks in long audio book files and On-the-Go Playlists, may not be preserved, but at least you can get things running again with this easy quick fix:

  1. Make sure the battery is charged and then slide the Hold switch on and off again.
  2. Press and hold down the Menu and center Select buttons.
  3. Hold the buttons down until you see the Apple logo appear on the screen. This could take several seconds (but less than ten) to kick in, and you may have to do it twice, but keep pressing until you see the Apple logo.

If the technology gods are smiling, the iPod goes through its little start-up sequence and then returns you to the main menu.

A stalled or befuddled iPod Shuffle may also need a good firm reset from time to time, but like the Shuffle itself, resetting it is a bit simpler than wrestling with a regular iPod: Turn the On/Off switch to the Off position, wait five seconds or so, and then flip it back to the On position.

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