How to Fix a Dim iPod Touch Screen

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The iPod touch is a small, touchscreen MP3 player developed by Apple. The iPod touch allows you to store audio and video files for playback at a later date. The iPod touch screen has a variable brightness setting that allows you to change the brightness to suit your personal preference. If the screen becomes dim, you have a few things you can try to restore it. Don't try to repair the iPod touch screen yourself, as this will void the device's warranty.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Connect your iPod touch to your computer via USB cable. Wait until the battery is fully charged -- when the iPod touch is low on power, the screen automatically dims.

  2. 2

    Check the brightness settings on your iPod touch. To do this, click on "Settings," then select "Brightness." Move the slider to the right until it is at its brightest setting. If this doesn't fix the dimness on your iPod touch, your last option is to restore the iPod touch.

  3. 3

    Open iTunes, then plug your iPod touch into your computer. Wait for it to appear under the "Devices" tab on the left hand side, then click on it. An iPod touch summary page will appear.

  4. 4

    Click on the "Restore" button. After you do this, iTunes will give you four restore options. You'll want to select "Restore and Update," which will fully restore your iPod touch as well as update it with the latest iPod software. Once the first stage of the process is complete, a message will pop up on iTunes telling you to leave your iPod connected to your computer.

  5. 5

    Name your iPod touch and decide on what type of syncing you want it to do once it is fully restored (manual or automatic). If the restore process does not fix the screen dimness, you'll have to go to an Apple store near you to either replace your iPod touch or get it professionally repaired.

Tips and warnings

  • Restoring your iPod touch will remove all of the files from it, so make sure you back them up with iTunes first.

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