How to set up an iPod touch: 14 steps (with pictures)

How to set up an iPod touch: 14 steps (with pictures)
How to set up an iPod touch: 14 steps (with pictures)

Got a new iPod touch? Your iPod touch can do just about everything your iPhone can do except make phone calls. For this, the setup process is almost similar. Once you've set it up, you'll be able to sync music from iTunes to your iPod to go anywhere.


Part 1 of 2: Perform the initial setup

Set Up an iPod Touch Step 1

Step 1. Turn on the iPod

The newer iPod touches come with a bit of a charge, which would be enough to do the initial setup. If you bought your iPod from someone and not from a store, you may need to charge it before using it.

Set Up an iPod Touch Step 2

Step 2. Begin the configuration process

When you first turn on the iPod, you will be greeted by the Home screen. Swipe this screen from left to right to begin the setup process.

If your iPod is second hand, but you want to start the setup process from scratch, tap Settings → General → Reset and tap Erase all content and settings. The next time you turn on iPod, the initial setup wizard will run

Set Up an iPod Touch Step 3

Step 3. Choose your language and location

The first settings you need to choose are language and location. Choose your native language, because it is in this language that the interface of the iPod will be displayed. If you travel a lot, choose your home country as the location, as iTunes Store will be based on that.

Set Up an iPod Touch Step 4

Step 4. Connect to a wireless network

You will be prompted to connect to a wireless network during the setup process so that the iPod can connect to Apple's servers. You will be provided with a list of available networks. Choose yours and enter the password.

If you can't connect to a wireless network, you can connect iPod to a computer and continue the setup process on iTunes

Set Up an iPod Touch Step 5

Step 5. You can choose to restore a previous backup or set the iPod as a new device

After connecting to a wireless network, you will have the option to restore settings from an old backup or set iPod as a new device. If you are transferring the settings from another device, select the location for the backup. If you don't have a previous backup, tap the Set as new iPod button.

  • If you are restoring from an iCloud backup, it will be downloaded and installed automatically.
  • If you are restoring from an iTunes backup, press the button and then connect your iPod to your computer. Complete the process in the iTunes program.
Set Up an iPod Touch Step 6

Step 6. Sign in with your Apple ID

Your ID is the username you use to sign in on all of your Apple devices. This gives you access to iCloud and allows you to buy from iTunes and Apple stores. If you don't have an Apple ID yet, you can press the button to create one.

Set Up an iPod Touch Step 7

Step 7. Choose whether or not you want to use iCloud

You can enable the iCloud feature for your iPod, which will allow you to back up your apps and settings to the cloud. This will allow you to quickly restore your iPod if something goes wrong.

There are a variety of other benefits of using iCloud, including access to documents stored in the cloud, the ability to re-download programs purchased from iTunes, and use of the iTunes Match service (though you are registered there). Since iCloud is free, it's often recommended that you turn it on, even if you don't think you're using most of its features

Set Up an iPod Touch Step 8

Step 8. Activate or deactivate Siri

The newer iPod touch have Siri which is the voice command feature on iOS. You can choose whether or not you want to use it, but activating it will not interfere with normal iPod operation.

Part 2 of 2: Synchronize Your Media

Set Up an iPod Touch Step 9

Step 1. Connect the iPod to your computer

iTunes will start automatically, if this is installed. If iTunes is not installed, you need to download and install the latest version, which can be done for free from the Apple site.

Set Up an iPod Touch Step 10

Step 2. Fill out the forms on the welcome page

This window will appear the first time iTunes detects your new iPod. You must agree to the terms, sign in with your Apple ID, and register the iPod. During registration, uncheck the boxes if you do not wish to receive email updates from Apple.

Set Up an iPod Touch Step 11

Step 3. Name your iPod

On the last page of the welcome window, you will be able to name your iPod. This name will appear when you connect your iPod and it is especially useful if you have several devices. You will also be able to choose your basic synchronization settings. You can skip this step if you want to sync specific content, as this option will sync your entire library.

  • Automatically sync songs and videos. Sync all your music and videos to your iPod. If there is more music than space on your iPod, the random songs will be synced until there is no more space.
  • Automatically add photos. Stored photos saved on your hard drive will automatically be added to your iPod.
  • Automatically synchronize applications. Sync your apps across all your devices.
Set Up an iPod Touch Step 12

Step 4. Sync specific playlists and albums

If you don't want to sync your entire library, you can choose a few albums and playlists to create a more personalized sync. Click on the Music tab and then select what you want to sync from the list below. You can choose from playlists, artists, albums or genres.

Set Up an iPod Touch Step 13

Step 5. Synchronize specific sounds

If you prefer to sync only certain songs to your iPod, you can ignore all sync settings and sync only the songs you select. To do this, click on the Summary tab and scroll down to the Options section. Select the Sync only selected songs and videos check box.

  • Return to your music library by clicking on the drop-down menu in the upper left corner. You can browse your library and uncheck every sound you don't want to sync. By default, all of your music is checked, so you have to uncheck what you don't want to sync.
  • You can see the space available on your iPod at the bottom of the iTunes window.
Set Up an iPod Touch Step 14

Step 6. Start synchronization

After you've set up whatever you want on your iPod, it's time to sync. Click the sync button in the lower right corner to load your iPod with your newly configured sync list. Anything not on the list will be deleted from the iPod.

  • You can monitor the synchronization process in the bar at the top of the iTunes window.
  • After syncing, you can disconnect iPod touch from the computer.

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