How to Completely Reset an iPod Nano for Sale

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How to Completely Reset an iPod Nano for Sale
Restore your iPod to factory setting to prep it for resale. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

Apple releases updated versions of iPods on a nearly annual basis, sometimes sooner. If your device suddenly goes from new to obsolete, you can prepare the device for resale in order to recoup some money to buy the latest model. For this purpose, Apple allows you to restore your iPod to the original factory settings. The device, however, cannot perform this function on its own. Use the iTunes software to reset your iPod to its original packaged state.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • iTunes
  • USB cable

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  1. 1

    Run iTunes and use the nano's USB cable to connect it to the computer.

  2. 2

    Click on the nano's name below "Devices" in the left window in iTunes.

  3. 3

    Click "Summary" near the top-right of the main pane.

  4. 4

    Click "Restore," located near the bottom-right of the "Summary" pane. A pop-up opens asking you to confirm.

  5. 5

    Click "Restore" to begin resetting the nano to factory settings. iTunes notifies you upon completion.

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