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Topic: What do I do if I forgot my iPod's passcode?

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Old 11-04-2010, 02:02 PM
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This worked excellent for me,

Plug in your iPod

Go to "My Computer"

Open your iPod's drive (F for me)

Make sure you can see all hidden folders (If you aren't sure go to Tools, Folder Options, View Tab, and check Show)

Open the folder "iPod_Control"

Open the folder called "Device"

Rename the file "_locked" to "_unlocked"

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I have tried this and it definitely doesn't work! It says the ipod is disabled and my computer won't recognize it!! is there anything i can do?
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... sigh ...

The lock/unlock file work around only works on non-iOS devices. If you have a non-iOS device it works, if you don't, clearly it doesn't.

If you have an iOS device you can A) dock the iPod to its "home" computer or B) restore it on any computer with a current enough version of iTunes.

These answers are in this thread, in other threads, and all over the web ad nauseam so why in the heck people keep asking is one of the great mysteries we need to solve as a species, because so long as people can use some of the most sophisticated technology ever devised to be so dense, we're pretty screwed as a species
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Old 12-04-2010, 07:41 PM
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This worked excellent for me,

Plug in your iPod

Go to "My Computer"

Open your iPod's drive (F for me)

Make sure you can see all hidden folders (If you aren't sure go to Tools, Folder Options, View Tab, and check Show)

Open the folder "iPod_Control"

Open the folder called "Device"

Rename the file "_locked" to "_unlocked"

Hope this helped
what if you have a mac? i cannot see these options and i have tried looking everwhere?
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Old 12-06-2010, 12:35 PM
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A friend took hers into an Apple store. That may be more trouble than some of the other methods, but may be handy as a last resort.
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omg this worked great! thankyou SO much!)
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Old 03-11-2011, 12:28 PM
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This worked excellent for me,

Plug in your iPod

Go to "My Computer"

Open your iPod's drive (F for me)

Make sure you can see all hidden folders (If you aren't sure go to Tools, Folder Options, View Tab, and check Show)

Open the folder "iPod_Control"

Open the folder called "Device"

Rename the file "_locked" to "_unlocked"

Hope this helped
ok i tried this and i think it will work but when i looked in my computer the only itunes related thing was for the camera THATS ALL!!
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Hi and welcome to iLounge.

Those instructions are actually for a traditional iPod model such as an iPod nano or iPod classic. They won't work with the iPod touch.

If you've forgotten the passcode for your iPod touch, the only simple way around it is to do a full "Restore" on your device from iTunes, which will erase everything on it. As long as you have a recent backup and all of your media content is in your iTunes library, this shouldn't be a problem as you can restore the backup and re-sync your content from your home computer.

Note that you can backup your iPod touch to your main iTunes library even if it's locked with a passcode, although you won't be able to do this on any computer other than the one you initially setup the iPod touch on and normally sync with. When restoring a backup onto your iPod touch, it won't be protected with a passcode, although you'll be prompted to set one immediately after you complete the restore.



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Old 03-11-2011, 12:32 PM
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i found out that if you keep plugging ur ipod back into ur computer it will stop being disabled. if i did this for a while i would end up with the password. but i was wondering how long it would take or if it was worth it
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Yes, you can plug your iPod back into your computer to reset the invalid password attempts, although you'll still need to figure out the password to actually unlock it. Unlike the older traditional iPod models, connecting to your iTunes library does not unlock the iPod touch -- it merely resets the invalid password counter so you can try again.



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Hi and welcome to iLounge.

Those instructions are actually for a traditional iPod model such as an iPod nano or iPod classic. They won't work with the iPod touch.

If you've forgotten the passcode for your iPod touch, the only simple way around it is to do a full "Restore" on your device from iTunes, which will erase everything on it. As long as you have a recent backup and all of your media content is in your iTunes library, this shouldn't be a problem as you can restore the backup and re-sync your content from your home computer.

Note that you can backup your iPod touch to your main iTunes library even if it's locked with a passcode, although you won't be able to do this on any computer other than the one you initially setup the iPod touch on and normally sync with. When restoring a backup onto your iPod touch, it won't be protected with a passcode, although you'll be prompted to set one immediately after you complete the restore.


but ive had this ipod for along time will it erase all my paid apps and memory like my highscores and such
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y cant itunes just make it easy and send you a link to reset ur password without erasing all ur memory
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iTunes should normally make a backup of your iPod touch each time you sync with your computer. You can check which backups are stored and when the last one was made by going into your iTunes Preferences and selecting the Devices tab.

As long as you have a relatively recent backup and all of your apps and music/video content is stored in your iTunes library, you can just restore the backup and re-sync your apps and music/video content once the restore completes. In fact, iTunes should prompt you automatically to select a backup or setup your iPod as a new device once the full system restore has completed and the iPod has rebooted.

If your apps are not stored in iTunes, you can try to transfer them back by using the "Transfer Purchases" option found on the File menu in iTunes. This will transfer any purchased content including apps, music and videos from your iPod touch back to your iTunes library. Note that content you've downloaded from sources other than the iTunes Store will not be transferred back using this option, however.



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iTunes should normally make a backup of your iPod touch each time you sync with your computer. You can check which backups are stored and when the last one was made by going into your iTunes Preferences and selecting the Devices tab.

As long as you have a relatively recent backup and all of your apps and music/video content is stored in your iTunes library, you can just restore the backup and re-sync your apps and music/video content once the restore completes. In fact, iTunes should prompt you automatically to select a backup or setup your iPod as a new device once the full system restore has completed and the iPod has rebooted.

If your apps are not stored in iTunes, you can try to transfer them back by using the "Transfer Purchases" option found on the File menu in iTunes. This will transfer any purchased content including apps, music and videos from your iPod touch back to your iTunes library. Note that content you've downloaded from sources other than the iTunes Store will not be transferred back using this option, however.
ok but i have this app called "racing live" im a real high lvl iv spent lots of time on it will all my stats get deleted
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Old 03-11-2011, 12:44 PM
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one problem is that it isnt the iphone so when i plug it into my computer it doesnt automaticly unlock
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If you have a backup of your iPod touch stored in iTunes, then all of your application settings, including high scores, will be restored as part of that backup. The app itself isn't part of the backup, but as long as the app is stored in iTunes, it will be reinstalled on your device (with all of the settings intact from the backup) after the restore process completes.

The short answer is that if you're using automatic sync with your iPod touch and have everything stored in your iTunes library, plus a current backup of your iPod touch stored in iTunes (again check the "Devices" tab in your iTunes Preferences), then following a restore your iPod touch should be exactly the way it was before you restored it, minus the passcode.

The iPhone doesn't automatically unlike either. All iOS devices are the same in this regard... Plugging it into your computer will reset the invalid password counter, so you don't have to wait 5, or 15, or 60 minutes to try another password, but it won't reset the password or unlock the device.



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