How to Factory Reset iPod Touch without iTunes

Want to factory reset iPod touch without iTunes but don’t know how? Read on this guide to learn how to factory reset iPod touch without iTunes, 3 different methods will be shared here.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: Apr. 16, 2020

While an iPod Touch usually never requires you to factory reset it for it to properly work, there are situations when you will need to reset it. The most common way to do the task is to use the iTunes app on your computer but then again there are some users that don’t like using it or the app doesn’t work for them.

Factory Reset iPod Touch without iTunes

Factory Reset iPod Touch without iTunes

If that’s the case, our guide below will show you how to do an iPod Touch factory reset without the iTunes app. Just read on to find out all the iTunes-less methods of factory resetting your iPod Touch.

Method 1. How to Factory Reset iPod Touch without iTunes via Settings

The Settings app on your iPod Touch is where you configure various setting options for your device. One of the options in the app lets you reset your device to the factory settings and the following is how you find and use that option on your iPod Touch.

Step 1 Launch the Settings app on your iPod Touch.

Step 2 When the Settings app launches, find the option that says General and tap on it. On the screen that follows, tap on the option that says Reset to open reset settings menu.

Step 3 On the reset screen, you will have an option that says Erase All Content and Settings. Tap on it to start factory resetting your iPod Touch.

iPod Factory Reset without iTunes – Settings

iPod Factory Reset without iTunes – Settings

Wait while the app resets your device to the factory settings. It will let you know when your device is fully reset so you can set it up from scratch.

Method 2. How to Factory Reset iPod Touch without iTunes via Find My iPhone

If you do not have access to your iPod Touch or you do not want to use the Settings app to reset your iPod Touch, you can use the iCloud service to remotely wipe off all the data on your device and reset it to the factory settings.

In order to reset your iPod Touch using iCloud, you are going to need a computer or a device on which you can access the iCloud website. Once you have got something, jump onto the steps below.

Step 1 Open a web browser and head over to the iCloud website. Log-in to your iCloud account using your login credentials.

Step 2 When you have logged-in, you will find various options to choose from on your screen. Click on the option that says Find iPhone on your screen.

Factory Reset iPod Touch without iTunes via Find My iPhone - Step 2

Factory Reset iPod Touch without iTunes via Find My iPhone – Step 2

Step 3 On the following screen, click on All Devices at the top, choose your iPod Touch, and click on the option that says Erase iPod. It will start resetting your iPod Touch to factory settings and it should be done soon.

Factory Reset iPod Touch without iTunes via Find My iPhone - Step 3

Factory Reset iPod Touch without iTunes via Find My iPhone – Step 3

Method 3. How to Factory Reset iPod Touch without iTunes via PhoneRescue

If the Settings app does not work or Find My iPhone function has issues finding your iPod Touch, you can use a safe third-party app to reset your iPod touch to the factory settings.

Enter PhoneRescue for iOS, an application that allows you to factory reset and update your iPod Touch with the latest firmware available from Apple. The entire procedure to factory reset your iPod Touch with this app is extremely easy and you should be done in no time. The following shows how to do it.

Step 1. Download PhoneRescue and connect your device.

Free Download PhoneRescue for iOS on your computer > Connect your iPod touch to the computer with a USB cable > Select iOS Repair Tools mode and click on the Right Arrow at the bottom right corner to continue.

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How to Factory Reset iPod Touch without iTunes - Step 1

How to Factory Reset iPod Touch without iTunes – Step 1

Step 2. Choose reset mode.

On the following screen, you will be able to choose a mode to reset your device. Click on the one that says Standard Mode to fully reset your iPod Touch.

How to Factory Reset iPod Touch without iTunes - Step 2

How to Factory Reset iPod Touch without iTunes – Step 2

Step 3. Enter in recovery mode.

You will need to reboot your iPod Touch into the iOS recovery mode. The following image shows how you can do it. Once done, go to the next step.

How to Factory Reset iPod Touch without iTunes - Step 3

How to Factory Reset iPod Touch without iTunes – Step 3

Step 4. Download firmware package.

The app will pre-populate the firmware dropdown menus for you. Once you have confirmed everything is correct, click on the Download button to start downloading a firmware for your iPod Touch.

How to Factory Reset iPod Touch without iTunes - Step 4

How to Factory Reset iPod Touch without iTunes – Step 4

Step 5. Reset your iPod touch.

Once the download completes, it will reset your iPod touch automatically. In a short while your iPod Touch will be reset to the factory settings and you may then set it up afresh.

How to Factory Reset iPod Touch without iTunes - Step 5

How to Factory Reset iPod Touch without iTunes – Step 5

The Bottom Line

You don’t always need the iTunes app to reset your devices and our guide above proves that by offering you multiple methods to factory reset an iPod Touch without the iTunes app. We hope the methods help you out resetting your device.

Joy Taylor

Member of iMobie team as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS & Android related issues.