How to Speed Up an iPod Touch 3G

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How to Speed Up an iPod Touch 3G
Improve the performance of your iPod Touch through settings configuration. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

The third generation iPod Touch is susceptible to a lag in speed due to adjustments to its settings that reduces its performance and shortens its battery life. While the portable device is capable of running multiple applications with the multitasking feature available in iOS4, this can also slow down the iPod Touch's performance due to several applications using the device's memory. On the other hand, a decrease in speed is also indicative of a lack of available hard drive space, as the iPod Touch slows down when it is nearly filled to capacity.

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    Reset the iPod Touch. Hold the power button at the top of the device until the "Slide to power off" message appears. Swipe your finger against the screen, and wait for the iPod Touch to shut down. Wait one to two minutes, and press the power button for two seconds to power on the device.

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    Exit out of extraneous applications. Rapidly press home button, and press your finger against any of the application icons at the bottom of the screen. Hold your finger against the application until it wiggles, and tap the "-" button to close the application. Push the home button to return to the home screen.

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    Diable the push feature. The push feature retrieves mail, contacts, calendars and notes from your linked accounts and updates the information on your iPod Touch. While pushing data keeps your information current, it can also slow down your device depending on the amount of information being received and the frequency of the data push. Tap "Mail, Contacts, Calendars" in your Settings menu and touch "Fetch New Data." Swipe your finger against the Push tab to disable the feature, or tap the "Manually" tab to instead manually retrieve data.

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    Remove content from your iPod Touch. Connect the iPod Touch to the computer with the USB cable, and open iTunes. Click the iPod Touch's name in the iTunes menu and click the "Music," "TV Shows" or "Movies" tab. Click "Selected artists/tv shows/movies" instead of "All music/movies/tv shows" to free up space. Click the desired artists, movies and tv shows you wish to sync to increase available disk space. Click "Apply" in iTunes and click "Eject" to remove the iPod Touch from the computer.

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