How to Restore an iPod Without Using iTunes

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How to Restore an iPod Without Using iTunes
Restore an iPod without using iTunes. (musique image by Christophe Schmid from Fotolia.com)

Sometimes an iPod acts up and is so beyond repair, it simply needs to be restored to factory settings. Unfortunately, it often happens that iTunes and the iPod aren't working together either. When this happens, there are a few options for restoring an iPod without using iTunes--and all of them free.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Download a freeware program, such as Floola, YamiPod or others listed in Resources.

    How to Restore an iPod Without Using iTunes
    Download a freeware program to use in place of iTunes. (download image by michanolimit from Fotolia.com)
  2. 2

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

    How to Restore an iPod Without Using iTunes
    (usb cable - green image by .shock from Fotolia.com)
  3. 3

    Restore your iPod by selecting "Repair iPod," "Restore iPod," or other similar terminology used by the specific downloaded freeware program from Step 1.

    How to Restore an iPod Without Using iTunes
    Repair iPod using a freeware program. (computer repair concept - workers repairing keyboard image by dinostock from Fotolia.com)
  4. 4

    Reload songs, videos and photos to your iPod, as it will now be restored to factory settings.

    Restore an iPod using Floola

  1. 1

    Download Floola and open it. Your iPod should not be connected to the computer.

  2. 2

    Connect your iPod to your computer using the iPod USB cord when the Floola prompt appears.

  3. 3

    Navigate through the prompted questions by clicking "Next." A question about choosing Floola as a default will appear. Select "Yes" or "No" depending upon your preference.

    How to Restore an iPod Without Using iTunes
    Click "Next" to navigate through question prompts. (next image by robootb from Fotolia.com)
  4. 4

    Wait while Floola repairs and restores your iPod to its factory settings. Remember, this will delete all music, songs and photos on the iPod.

    How to Restore an iPod Without Using iTunes
    Wait while your iPod is restored to its factory settings. (time. image by Alexander Lukyanov from Fotolia.com)
  5. 5

    Disconnect your iPod when restoration is complete. All data should be erased. New data can now be uploaded to your iPod using Floola, iTunes or another similar program.

    Restore an iPod Using YamiPod

  1. 1

    Download YamiPod. After the download is complete, open the program without connecting your iPod.

    How to Restore an iPod Without Using iTunes
    Download YamiPod without your iPod connected. (music player image by Charles Taylor from Fotolia.com)
  2. 2

    Choose "Tools" under the menu bar.

  3. 3

    Select "Advanced."

  4. 4

    Select "Repair," plugging in your iPod when prompted.

  5. 5

    Wait for YamiPod to restore the iPod to its factory settings before disconnecting the iPod from the computer. The iPod should now be data-free. Upload data using YamiPod, iTunes or another similar program.

    How to Restore an iPod Without Using iTunes
    Wait for YamiPod to restore your iPod, then upload new data. (time image by Mykola Velychko from Fotolia.com)

Tips and warnings

  • Be sure to connect and disconnect your iPod correctly using the "Safely Remove Hardware" option.
  • Restoring an iPod returns it to factory settings, which means all data in the iPod will be lost. Use the restore option after all other options have been exhausted (such as restarting and resetting).
  • Make sure the freeware downloaded is from a trusted site to avoid downloading viruses or spyware to the computer.

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