How to Reset iPod Touch

You can soft and hard reset your iPod Touch if it’s frozen or not responding. I’ve had to perform these steps a few times if I haven’t used the device in a while, when it has gotten stuck during a sync, won’t turn on or is stuck on a certain screen.

Soft Reset

1. Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button on the top of the unit until a red slider appears

2. Drag the slider.

3. Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button until the Apple logo appears.


Hard Reset

Press and hold both the Sleep/Wake button and the Home button for about ten seconds, until the Apple logo appears. The screen should eventually go dark and the iPod Touch should restart and allow you to use it as normal. The music and other media on the device should be preserved after these steps as long as there wasn’t a malfunction that caused data loss.

If the steps above don’t work, it appears you will have to try to restore the iPod Touch. Restoring will remove all data and settings from the device.


  1. danny ridd says

    what can i do if i have disabled iPod an the device has been desinct from iTunes i no it sounds stupid and i haven’t stole the iPod is there any solution to this ??

  2. george says

    i recently got a secondhand 8 gig itouch and i did a soft reset and i know it was working just fine before hand and now it has been stuck in the repring screen for like 12hrs and it will not even register that it is attached as a device to my computer…. i have also tried to do a hard reset as well and still stuck on respring mode

  3. megan says

    I have had my iPod for about a month now. yesterday I ran it completely
    dead. I tried connecting it to this extra battery I have. but it wasn’t enough. then the iPod and the battery stopped working. I true charging it all day. I tried resetting it, yet my iPod still won’t even come on. when I plug it into my computer and it doesn’t even show a connection. is it fried or is there something else I can try?

  4. kathryn says

    my computer is connected to the internet. I can still get songs off of the itunes library I just cant connect to restore my ipod.

  5. kathryn says

    all that comes up on my ipod is a usb plug with an arrow point to the itunes desktop icon. Itunes reads that my ipod and when i press restore. A notification comes up saying “itunes could not contact the ipod software update server because you are not connected to the internet.”
    ive checked the LAN connection as well.

  6. corey says

    Hi guys i need help badly..i have an 8 gb ipod touch i got for chriistmas last year..and i dropped it in a bath tub. everything still workdjust the internet connections were all messed up and i do have i went to erase ipod to reboot itand it shows an ipod plug with an upward arrow to the itunes logo. Hoping somebody can tell me what can be wrong..