Picture of the iPod Classic Video Player, displaying its Settings menu.

Factory Default Settings Reset of Apple iPod Video Player




Restoring all audio, video, and system settings on the Apple iPod Video portable media player to factory default values, can be accomplished without a computer.  Note however that doing so this way, does not erase any music right away.  However, restoring does schedule a media file deletion for the next time the iPod Video Player is connected to a computer running iTunes.

 

Picture of the iPod Classic Video Player, operating normally, front view.
iPod Classic Video Player, operating normally, front view.

 

First, press the top of the touch ring, the Menu area until you see the main menu display.  Depending on where you were prior on the iPod, you may have to press the ring several times to get back to the outermost menu.  The main menu is shown next.

Picture of the iPod Classic Video Player, displaying Main Menu before factory default reset.
iPod Classic Video Player, displaying Main Menu before factory default reset.

 

Next, move your finger clockwise around the touch wheel until you highlight the Settings menu item with the blue bar.  Then, press and release the Enter button at the center of the touch ring.  The Settings menu then displays, as shown next.

Picture of the iPod Classic Video Player, displaying its Settings menu.
iPod Classic Video Player, displaying its Settings menu.

 

Then, move your finger clockwise around the touch sensitive ring until the Reset All Settings menu item is highlighted by the blue bar, as shown next.

Picture of the iPod Classic Video, displaying its Settings menu, with Reset menu item selected.
iPod Classic Video, displaying its Settings menu, with Reset menu item selected.

 

Then, press and release the Enter button again.  The Reset All confirmation screen is then shown, as pictured next.

Picture of the iPod Classic Video Player, displaying the Reset All settings confirmation screen.
iPod Classic Video Player, displaying the Reset All settings confirmation screen.

 

Once again, move your finger clockwise around the touch sensitive ring until the blue bar highlights the Reset item.  Then, press and release the Enter button.  This begins the factory default reset process, which can take several seconds to finish.  Once done successfully, the Language Selection screen displays, as shown next.

Picture of the iPod Classic Video Player, displaying its Language Selection menu.
iPod Classic Video Player, displaying its Language Selection menu.

 

Then, move your finger clockwise around the touch wheel until the blue bar highlights your language of choice.  Then, press the Enter button.  This puts into effect your chosen language such that all subsequent menus appear in that language.  We chose English on our iPod Video portable player.  The main menu once again appears.

Picture of the iPod Classic Video Player, displaying its Main menu, after factory default reset.
iPod Classic Video Player, displaying its Main menu, after factory default reset.

 

You have now successfully restored all the settings in your iPod Video Player to factory default values, without deleting the media files on it.  At least, not yet.  Resetting restores the equalizer to flat, shuffle, repeat, main menu item display, and so on.  Again, the files will not be deleted until the next time you connect this iPod to a computer running iTunes.  They will disappear at that time.  So after you’ve completed a factory default reset, do not connect the iPod to iTunes unless you’re willing to lose the media files on it.

Picture of the iPod Classic Video Player, operating normally, front view.
iPod Classic Video Player, operating normally, front view.

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Revision History

  • 2016-02-28: Originally published.