If you receive a used iPod from a friend or relative, or if you buy one, you may want to keep all the music, photos and videos that are stored on the device when you receive it. A more likely scenario, though, is that you’ll want to wipe the media on the used iPod and start over with content you choose to download or already have on your computer. Using iTunes, you can restore a used iPod’s factory default settings and create a fresh slate for the device just as if it were a new one.Restore Factory Default Settings
Download and install the latest version of iTunes on your computer (see Resources). Launch iTunes on the computer after installing it.
Connect the data cable to the iPod Touch. Connect the other end of the data cable to an available USB port. Wait a few seconds for iTunes to detect the detected iPod Touch and display it in the Devices list.
Click the iPod Touch link in the Devices list. Click the “Summary” tab in the preview window and click the “Restore” button. Click the “Restore” button again to confirm you want to reset the device to its factory defaults.
Enter a new passcode for the iPod Touch when prompted after iTunes restores the device to its factory default. Disconnect the iPod Touch from the computer.Enabling Security
Press the “Home” button on the iPod Touch and tap the “Settings” icon.
Tap the “General” icon and tap “Passcode Lock.”
Tap “Turn Passcode On.” Enter a new passcode using the on-screen number pad. Enter the passcode again to confirm it and return to the Passcode Lock screen.
Tap “Require Passcode” and select the duration you want the iPod Touch to remain idle before requiring the passcode to resume access to the device. Options include: “Immediately,” “After 1 Minute,” “After 5 Minutes,” “After 1 Hour” and “After 4 Hours.” Tap the selected interval option to set it and return to the Passcode Lock screen.
Press the “Home” button to return to the main iPod Touch menu screen.Download New Content
Launch iTunes on the computer and click the “File” drop-down menu. Click “Add Folder to Library” and select a folder with media you want to add to the iPod Touch. Click the “Add” button and wait a few seconds for iTunes to import the media to your iTunes library.
Import other music, photos or videos into iTunes using the “Add File to Library” or “Add Folder to Library” options from the File drop-down menu as needed.
Connect the iPod Touch to the computer with the data sync USB cable. Click the iPod Touch in the Devices list.
Click the “Sync” button to transfer the imported media from iTunes to the iPod Touch. Disconnect the iPod Touch after iTunes confirms the sync and transfer is successful.Required Items
Computer with Internet connection
iPod USB data cable.