Restoring iPod shuffle to factory settings

Like it or not, even the mighty iPod is not perfect. If you are finding that you need to restore your iPod shuffle back to factory settings, then these would be the instructions for you.

If you need to update or restore your iPod shuffle software, there are two ways you can do it: Download and install the latest iPod Update software, or restore your software using the iPod Updater application that came on your iPod CD.

Warning: The restore process cannot be undone. All of your songs and files will be deleted. Always make a backup of your important data.
To update or restore iPod shuffle with the latest software:

1. Download the latest iPod Update from here. The update contains the latest software for all models of iPod.
2. Double-click the software install file and follow the onscreen instructions to install the iPod shuffle Update.
3. Open the iPod Updater.
Mac OS X: The updater is located in the /Applications/Utilities/iPod Software Updater/ folder.

Windows: Click the Start button, point to All Programs, and then point to iPod. Click the name of the most recent iPod Updater.

4. After the iPod Software Updater has opened, connect iPod shuffle to your computer.
5. Follow the onscreen instructions to update or restore iPod shuffle software.

If you’re using iPod Updater and it doesn’t see that iPod shuffle is connected to your computer, turn iPod shuffle off and then on again (by moving the switch to either the play in order or shuffle settings).

If you want to restore iPod shuffle software but you don’t have an Internet connection, use the iPod Updater application that was installed on your computer when you installed the software from the iPod CD. [Read the rest]