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How to Completely Reset an iPod Nano for Sale

Updated July 20, 2017

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.

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

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

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

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

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

Things You'll Need

  • iTunes
  • USB cable
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About the Author

Aaron Wein is a copy editor for Skagit Valley Publishing. He has been a writer and editor since 2004, contributing to Washington-based publications and clients such as the "Bellingham Herald," "Western Athletics," "GNAC Sports" and Microsoft. Wein obtained a bachelor's degree in journalism from Western Washington University.