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Topic: How do I clear-out my iPod touch?

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Old 09-12-2010, 04:15 AM
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How do I clear-out my iPod touch?

Hi! I'm new here.
I just bought an iPhone4, so I am going to sell my old 2nd gen 16GB iPod Touch. How do I remove all my personal info from my iPodTouch before I sell it to somebody?
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Old 09-12-2010, 10:10 AM
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just put your ipod into recovery mode and let itunes restore it to factory. that gets rid of everything. Make sure your ipod has any files you may have downloaded to it... in itunes as well so you won't lose anything important.



1.Make sure iPod is completely powered off.
2.Hold the home button while its off.
3.While holding the Home button, connect the cable. The iPod should power on.
4.Keep holding the Home button.
5.The Connect to iTunes image should come up.
6. Congrats, you in recovery mode.
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Old 09-12-2010, 11:12 AM
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It's actually far simpler than that... Go into the Settings app on your iPod touch, and under General you should see a Reset option down near the bottom. Within the reset section is an option to Erase all Data and Settings. Selecting this will securely wipe all of the data from your iPod touch and return it to its out-of-the-box setting where it wants to be connected to iTunes for activation.

This also has the advantage of securely wiping your data. It may take a couple of hours, but it overwrites everything in the iPod touch flash memory to ensure that it can't be recovered.

As a side note, you also don't need to actually force the iPod into recovery mode if all you want to do is restore the OS -- you can just click the "Restore" button on the "Summary" tab in iTunes for your iPod touch, which will have the same effect. "Recovery Mode" is only necessary if you find yourself in a situation where your iPod touch won't boot up properly or isn't detected by iTunes. Otherwise, the normal Restore process is identical.

However, the Reset option is far better if you're planning to get rid of your iPod, as it's a secure erase and doesn't re-associate your iPod with your iTunes library (which a restore/recovery normally will after the iPod touch reboots).



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Old 09-12-2010, 11:38 AM
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Wink Much thanx!

That did it!
THANX!
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ok --- so I had the same question (thanks for the answer)

...but now how do I let iTunes know that I no longer have the device??

--Actually, I'm giving it to my wife and when she sync's it to her laptop I'd like it to be recognized as HER ipod instead of mine.
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Old 02-12-2011, 01:11 AM
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I've always wondered about that too! I've sold a lot of my iPods over the years. Once they start to get old, I buy refurbished ones, cuz I like my iPods in top shape. With Shuffles & Nanos, I don't bother restoring before selling them. Itunes knows the name & playlists on each ipod & I'm sure it keeps that info in it's memory. I'd rather free up that memory, but humm???

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ok --- so I had the same question (thanks for the answer)

...but now how do I let iTunes know that I no longer have the device??

--Actually, I'm giving it to my wife and when she sync's it to her laptop I'd like it to be recognized as HER ipod instead of mine.



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ok --- so I had the same question (thanks for the answer)

...but now how do I let iTunes know that I no longer have the device??

--Actually, I'm giving it to my wife and when she sync's it to her laptop I'd like it to be recognized as HER ipod instead of mine.
You don't have to do anything to iTunes; once you "Restore" an iPod, it wipes it clean & sets it back to factory condition. It's like new, so when your wife connects it, she can do whatever she'd like with it. I will be HER iPod, she can set the Name to whatever she'd like, set the sync settings she'd like, etc.



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Old 02-12-2011, 09:11 AM
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restore the ipod
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Old 02-12-2011, 02:00 PM
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Hey I figured it out:

If you sell an iPod (or in my case give it to your wife) then after you've reset the device, go to iTunes, click on Edit at the top, then Preferences. Now click on the tab that says Devices and you'll see a list of all the devices you've synced so far. Click on the iPod's name there and the "Delete Backup" button will appear. Click that and I've successfully made iTunes forget that I ever had that thing!
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Actually, all that does is delete the backup, and of course you'll only have backups for iOS-based devices, not traditional iPods. While deleting the backup isn't a bad idea as it will save space on your computer, your backup isn't really specific to the hardware -- you could just as easily restore that onto another iPod touch or even an iPhone or iPad.

There's really no significant link between iTunes and your iPod... iTunes does keep some information in its preferences in order to track your sync settings, but these really don't matter at all. If you're really concerned, you can dig for the XML file that stores these preferences and clear them out manually, but really it makes no difference to you or the future owner of the device whether they're left there. I have six years worth of iPods in my iTunes preferences file and wouldn't even know they were there unless I bothered to actually find the file and open it up.



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Not only that, but mostly all iTron did by deleting the backup was ensure that *he* cannot easily migrate iPod and app preferences to another iOS device.

To further what Jesse said, those backups aren't even specific to your installation of iTunes, your computer, or the iPod in question. It's just a template for an iOS device, not even a specific model of iOS device, to allow *you* to easily move between iPods and computers without losing anything that isn't supposed to be part of your media library.
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hmmm..... ok I guess I was worried about nothing. Very educational!

Thanks Jesse and Code Monkey!!
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