Having trouble with your iPod Touch? Find your device in a state of perpetual rebooting or frozen while starting up? Tried almost everything you can think of and still coming up dry with a broken iPod Touch that keeps rebooting itself? Don't know how to fix it? Well, This post takes one hell of a stab at it!
Now I'm posting this because I just had some trouble with mine. Specifically, here was my situation:
I had a 4th Generation iPod Touch (8GB) that was jailbroken with the "greenpois0n" program, and I got another 4th Generation iPod Touch (64GB), and I decided to give the 8GB to someone else. But before I did that, I wanted to restore it back to its factory condition. One good way to do this is on the iPod Touch itself (Settings → General → scroll down to Reset → Reset All Settings). I tried to do this, but something happened in the process. It might have been a freak accident, it might have been my fault, I'm not exactly sure.
When I tried to restart the device after doing the iPod's reset, it would freeze up. Specifically, I would press and hold the Sleep button on top of the iPod until the Apple logo would appear. Since I jailbroke it with greenp0ison, the Apple logo would rotate and show the other "hacked" logo, and that's what usually happens when it's hacked and powering up again. But it was different this time: it just froze and stayed on that. After freezing on this for a few minutes, the screen just goes white and the entire re-booting starts all over again.
I found a way to end the perpetual booting and bring it back to the starting screen below: during the rebooting, hold both the sleep and home buttons simultaneously until you see this screen...and yes, it does take a very long time.
After this, I tried to plug it into my Windows PC via USB, hoping that I could restore it via iTunes. The good news was that iTunes sort of picked up on the iPod. It recognized that there was one connected. The bad news was that I couldn't do anything else with it. Windows didn't even pick it up as a separate storage drive, as it usually does.
I had a new message from iTunes this time:
iTunes has detected an iPod in recovery mode. You must restore this iPod before it can be used with iTunes.
I clicked the OK button on this, and I clicked the "Restore" button to try and fix this. It offered to restore and update the iPod, but after downloading the current firmware, nothing happened: no install, nothing.
I looked online, and I read about how to remedy this. I've watched about 20 YouTube videos that all explain the same thing, which amounts to just cavalierly messing with the Sleep and Home buttons, no real method to their madness, and they said "it worked for me, I'm not sure how, see if it works for you."
Well, I found a specific method that worked for me. This is a great method, and I've tried it a few times, and it just works.
I found it OVER HERE, and it explains it very well.
Here's a step-by-step list to help you out.
- Plug iPod Touch into Computer
- Turn off iPod Touch (If you can't, no worries)
- Hold the sleep button for 3 seconds
- Without releasing the sleep button, hold the home button for 10 seconds
- Release the sleep button but keep holding the home button for 30 seconds.
- iPod should show no display on screen but open iTunes.
- It should say that its found an iPod Touch in Recovery mode. Press "Restore"
- It will start downloading the firmware update (300 - 600MB) and restore your iPod. Do NOT unplug iPod until it is 100% done.
After it finishes, you're done, and everything works just like new!
So there you have it. Have fun fixing your iPod!