How to Reset a Password on a Locked iPod Touch


You can use your iPod Touch to keep track of your personal and financial information. A password prevents unauthorized access to your iPod Touch in case it's lost or stolen. This feature is set up in the “Settings” application. Unfortunately, if you lose your password, there is no way to retrieve it from the device. You have to back up and restore your iPod in order to reset the password.

Things You'll Need

  • iPod Touch
  • USB cord
  • Computer
  • iTunes software
  • Plug your iPod Touch into your computer using your USB cord. Start the iTunes software. Your iPod should begin to sync automatically. If it doesn’t, click the iPod under “Devices” on the left side. On the “Summary” page, click “Sync” in the bottom right corner.

  • Click the “Restore” button. You will receive a prompt to back up your device. Select “Yes.” If you choose “No,” you will lose all of your iPod data. Click “OK.” Your device is restored to its factory settings. This removes your password and all of your information.

  • Click the device on the left navigation pane. On the “Summary” page, click “Sync” in the bottom right corner. You receive a message that this device was previously synced with this computer. Select the radio button next to “Restore from the backup of," and click the drop-down arrow. Choose the most recent backup. Click "Continue." The information is synced back onto your device.

Tips & Warnings

  • Ensure you are using the most up-to-date version of iTunes.

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