How to Change iPod Settings


The iPod is a versatile music player and information storage device because many iPod models have a robust memory capacity. Settings for the iPod can be customized for playback and music synchronization. Preferences can be set on the unit or through the iTunes application to manage the music and video library and set up data to be loaded for pictures, addresses and calendars. For problems with the device, restoring the iPod to factory settings can be performed through iTunes.

Things You'll Need

  • iPod and USB cable
  • Connect your iPod to your computer using the USB cable and launch iTunes.

  • Select your device in the directory on the left. Select the "Summary" tab in the main window.

  • Click the "Restore" button in the bottom section of the Summary window. Select a restore option:

    1) Restore: reset with the current iPod software version already installed on the device;
    2) Use Same version: reset with the same iPod software version without upgrade;
    3) Use Newest Version: upgrades and installs the latest version of iPod software on the device;
    4) Restore and Update: installs the latest version of iPod software available.

  • Wait for the restoration process to complete via iTunes and follow any restore instructions displayed according to the device model (for example, iTunes may require the iPod to be disconnected to complete the restoration process).

Change Preferences

  • Connect your iPod to your computer using the USB cable and launch iTunes. Select your device in the directory on the left. If manual management of the iPod is desired, select the "Summary" tab in the main menu and select the option to "Manually manage music and videos" to override default sync settings and enable disk use. Click the "Apply" button to confirm this global setting.

  • Click the "Music" tab in the main iTunes window. Make sure that the option to "Sync music" is checked and click the radio button next to "Selected playlists." Click the box next to the desired playlists that will be transferred to the iPod. Alternatively, click the radio button next to "All songs and playlists" to synchronize your music library to the device. Click the "Summary" tab and click the "Sync" button to begin transfer.

  • Safely eject and disconnect your iPod from your computer and turn on. Click "Menu" and select "Settings." Change the settings by selecting a submenu for options:

    Main Menu: select the items that appear under the "Menu" directory.
    Backlight Timer: change the amount of time the backlight remains on.
    Screen Brightness: adjust the level of screen brightness.
    Language: select your desired language.
    Click Wheel: turn on or off the sound of the clicker.
    Shuffle: select whether songs in the entire library or the current album will be played in random order.
    Repeat: select whether all songs in the playlist will be repeated or one song will play as a loop.

Tips & Warnings

  • In order to change iPod settings or restore factory settings, the iPod device must be recognized by iTunes. If the iPod does not appear in the directory of devices in iTunes, take the device in for technical repair.

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