How to Completely Reset the iPod Nano 3rd Generation

Updated February 21, 2017

iPods are wonderful inventions that allow you to take your favourite music and recordings with you anywhere. Occasionally, as with any electronic device, iPods have some issues, such as a frozen screen or no response from the device. One of the easiest ways to restore your iPod Nano 3rd Generation to working order is to reset it.

Move the "Hold" switch back and forth from on to off. On the 3rd Generation Nano, the "Hold" switch is on the bottom of your iPod on the left side.

Push down and hold the "Menu" button.

Push down and hold the round centre button at the same time you are pressing the "Menu" button of your iPod Nano.

Hold the "Menu" and centre button down until the Apple logo appears on your iPod screen. This usually takes around 6 to 8 seconds.

Do a complete "Restore." The above reset will solve most temporary iPod issues. If it does not, connect your iPod to your personal computer. When iTunes opens up, click on the "Restore" option and follow the onscreen directions.


While resetting the iPod leaves the files intact, doing a complete restore will erase the files on the iPod and put it back to factory settings.


Never disconnect the iPod from your computer without ejecting it within the iTunes menu first, as this will cause it to freeze up and need resetting.

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A certified nutritionist who majored in health, fitness and nutrition, Traci Vandermark has been writing articles in her specialty fields since 1998. Her articles have appeared both online and in print for publications such as Simple Abundance, "Catskill Country Magazine," "Birds and Blooms," "Cappers" and "Country Discoveries."