Restoring all audio, video, and system settings on the Apple iPod Nano portable media player to factory default values, can be done without a computer.
Note however that this procedure does not erase any music, video, or playlist files on your Nano at the time you execute it. However, these files will be erased the next time you plug the Nano into a computer that is running iTunes.
First, press the top of the touch ring, the Menu labeled area until you see the main menu display. Depending on where you were prior on the Nano menu hierarchy, you may have to press the ring several times to get back to the outermost menu. The Nano’s main menu is shown next.
Next, move your finger clockwise around the touch wheel until you highlight the Settings menu item with the blue bar, as shown next.
Then, press and release the Enter button at the center of the touch ring. The Settings menu then displays, as shown next.
Then, move your finger clockwise around the touch sensitive ring until the Reset Settings menu item is highlighted by the blue bar, as shown next.
Then, press and release the Enter button again. The Reset Settings confirmation screen is then shown, as pictured next.
Once again, move your finger around the touch sensitive ring until the blue color highlights the Reset button. Then, press and release the Enter button. This begins the factory default reset process, which can take some seconds to finish. Once done successfully, the Language Selection screen displays, as shown next.
Then, move your finger clockwise around the touch wheel until the blue bar highlights your preferred language.
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 Nano.
The main menu once again appears. Note that our music files have not been erased, as proven by the artist picture displayed on the right side of the screen. However, the music will only remain on the iPod until you connect it to a PC or Mac that runs iTunes. At that time, all media files on the Nano will be erased.
You have now successfully restored all the settings in your iPod Video Player to factory default values. Resetting restores the equalizer to flat, sound check, repeat, main menu item display, and so on, to the values they were when this Nano arrived from the factory. It also schedules all the files on the iPod to be deleted the next time it connects to iTunes.
You can completely erase your Nano by connecting it to a computer running iTunes, and following iTunes procedures for removing the media files altogether, as well as reset those values that the procedure we just conducted does not revert, such as the iPod Nano’s name.
- The above-enumerated procedure applies to iPod Nano firmware version 1.1.3.
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- 2016-02-28: Originally published.