How to Fix an iPod Touch Stuck in Recovery Mode With a Free Program

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How to Fix an iPod Touch Stuck in Recovery Mode With a Free Program
With an iPod USB cable and free iTunes software, you can get an iPod out of Recovery Mode. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

An iPod Touch's "Recovery Mode" is for alleviating major operating system issues. Recovery Mode rolls back your iPod's operating system, stripping problematic updates and downloads from the unit. The goal of this total system recovery is to revert the iPod to a stable, usable version. Before you use Recovery Mode, exhaust other troubleshooting methods. In some cases, Recovery Mode is triggered automatically after a failed system update or system restore. When it goes into Recovery Mode automatically, you cannot use your iPod until you complete the recovery process. You can get your iPod Touch out of Recovery Mode using Apple's free iTunes software.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Apple iTunes
  • USB cable

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  1. 1

    Turn on your computer and open iTunes. If you are prompted to download any new iTunes updates, install the updates before proceeding.

  2. 2

    Plug an iPod USB cable into your computer. Do not plug the other end into your iPod Touch yet.

  3. 3

    Turn off your iPod Touch. If the iPod Touch is already shut down, skip this step.

  4. 4

    Press and hold the Home button on your iPod Touch, and plug the other end of the USB cable into your iPod Touch.

  5. 5

    Release the Home button after you see a white USB icon and the iTunes logo appear on your iPod Touch's screen. At this time, a pop-up should appear on your computer screen, explaining that the software has detected an iPod in Recovery Mode.

  6. 6

    Click "OK."

  7. 7

    Click on the iPod Touch from underneath the "Devices" heading on the left-hand side of your screen.

  8. 8

    Click on the "Home" tab, and then click "Restore." Once it's restored, your iPod Touch goes out of Recovery Mode and you can start using it again. The restoration process takes a few minutes. Do not disconnect your iPod Touch until a prompt appears, letting you know the system restored successfully.

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