How to Delete All the Personal Information on Your iPod

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The iPod touch gives you the option to back up your data before restoring.

With new versions of Apple's iPod being released yearly, many people choose to sell their old iPod so they can upgrade when the new versions become available. Before selling your iPod, you want to make all of your personal information is erased or you will put yourself at risk for identify fraud or simply a breach of privacy. Luckily, deleting all your personal information from your iPod is a straightforward process, achieved by restoring your iPod to its factory settings through iTunes.

Instructions

  1. iPod Nano, iPod Classic and iPod Touch

    • 1

      Connect your computer and your iPod using the USB cord.

    • 2

      Open iTunes on your computer if it doesn't automatically open when you connect your iPod.

    • 3

      Click to select your iPod when it appears under "Devices" on the left side of your iTunes screen.

    • 4

      Select the "Summary" tab and click "Restore."

    • 5

      Name your newly restored iPod and set your preferences when the iTunes Setup Assistant window appears on your screen.

    iPod Shuffle

    • 6

      Connect your iPod Shuffle to your computer using the USB cord.

    • 7

      Click to select your iPod Shuffle when it appears under "Devices."

    • 8

      Click "Restore."

    • 9

      Choose between the four restore options available. Option 1 restores your iPod without altering the iPod software already installed on it. Option 2 keeps your software version untouched even when a newer version is available. Option 3 uses the most recent iPod software loaded on your computer, and Option 4 downloads and installs the most recent software on your iPod.

    • 10

      Give your iPod Shuffle a new name and set the syncing preferences when the iPod Setup Assistant window opens.

Tips & Warnings

  • You will need to have the latest version of iTunes installed on your computer before attempting to restore your iPod. You can download it for free on the Apple website.

  • If you are using a Macintosh computer, you will be asked for an administrator name and password before being allowed to continue with the restore.

  • On some older models of iPods, you will be asked to disconnect your iPod from your computer halfway through the restoring process, connecting it to an iPod power adapter instead. If you do not receive a message asking you to do this, leave the iPod connected until you are told that the restoration is complete.

  • Back up the data on your iPod before restoring it. With the iPod Touch, you will be presented with an option to back up before restoring begins.

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