How to Update the iTouch Operating System


The iPod touch is a personal media player that lets you listen to music, watch movies and view the Internet (with a Wi-Fi connection) all on one device. Apple releases updates for the iPod touch operating system. These updates often optimize the device, fix bugs and install new software. You can update your device using iTunes.

  • Launch iTunes. Update to the newest version of iTunes if you are prompted.

  • Connect your iPod touch to the computer using the USB cable that came with the device. Wait for iTunes to detect your device. Your device will be displayed beneath Devices on the left side of the program window after it is detected.

  • Click the name of your iPod touch when it appears beneath Devices, then click "Check for Update" on the right side of the program window. ITunes scans your iPod touch to see if newer software is available.

  • Click "Update" in the dialog box to install the newest operating system. The update is downloaded. The Apple logo appears on your iPod touch screen with a progress bar beneath it when the update begins installing to your device. Do not disconnect your iPod touch while the update is being installed. After the update is installed the iPod touch restarts and boots up to the home screen or, if the device is passcode protected, the passcode entry screen.

Tips & Warnings

  • Be sure to backup your iPod touch in iTunes before installing an update in case something goes wrong during the update and you need to restore your device from the backup.


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