Fix: iPod Touch Won’t Turn On

“My iPod Touch won’t turn on.” is something I hear often. I had this problem recently when I lost my device in between the wall and my bed. When I finally discovered it, it refused to turn on. Nothing appeared on the screen, and it didn’t make a sound. Fortunately, I was able to revive it with a reset.

If your iPod touch is not responding, know that there is still hope. Use these steps to bring your iPod Touch back from the dead.

Note: If your iPod Touch won’t turn on because it has gotten wet, do not use these steps. Instead go here.

  1. Be sure the device has enough power. Plugging it into your computer using the USB cable may not light up the device right away. Give it at least an hour to charge if you’re not sure.
  2. Once you’re sure the device should have enough power, try pressing and holding the Sleep/Wake and Home buttons simultaneously for about 10 seconds. After a minute or so, the device should reset and boot to the Home screen. Usually data is still intact after these steps.
  3. Try a Restore by connecting the device to your computer. If the iPod Touch is detected in iTunes, select it in the left pane, then choose “Summary” > “Restore“. This will clear data from the device and restore it to factory default settings and hopefully make the iTouch work.

These steps will revive a dead iPod Touch most of the time, but if they haven’t worked for you, it may be time to have it serviced by a professional. You can take your device to a retailer in most cases or seek service and repair from Apple.

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