After spending 3 hours yesterday trying to get my new iPod Touch 2G up and running after it froze completely following upgrade to iPod software 2.2.1, literally searching the whole internet for a simple guide as to how to do it, i decided to write my own description based on my experience about bringing my iPod Touch 2G back from its frozen state.
Last night i was uploading some new music to my iPod Touch 2G and at the same time installing the latest software upgrade. For some reason the software upgrade failed and i was left with a useless frozen iPod Touch that i desperately needed to revive. So i went to Google and searched for how to unfreeze and reset the iPod Touch, but althoug there were loads of pages that told what you should test doing, none of them described in good detail how to deal especially with the iPod Touch.
Here is step by step what i did to unfreeze and reset my iPod Touch 2G.
Hold down the ‘power down’ button until the turn off slide appears at the top of the screen, and then turn off the iPod (see illustration).
Then simultaneously hold down the ‘home button’ and the ‘power down’ button until the Apple logo appears. Once the Apple logo appears you can stop pushing the buttons and hopefully your iPod Touch should be working again. If not, please see the following steps.
Reinstall iTunes on your computer with the latest version (even if you already have the latest version). You only have to do this if when you connect your iPod Touch to the computer and it is not found by iTunes to let you ‘restore’ factory settings.
Once you have reinstalled iTunes on your computer, start up iTunes and plug the USB cable into your computer. Then you need to hold down the ‘home button’ on your iPod Touch while you plug in the cable connector to your iPod Touch. After that you simultaneously hold down the ‘home button’ and the ‘power button’ on the iPod Touch until a message appears in iTunes asking you if you want to restore factory settings. Say yes to that and then iTunes will do the rest for you. Unfortunately this means that you will have to re-sync your iPod Touch completely with all content again once it has been restored.
I hope you find this tutorial useful should you happen to run into the same problem as i did. If not, please let me know so i can update it to reflect more ways to reset/restore/unfreeze the iPod Touch 2G.