I have an iPod Touch 8GB (probably 2nd gen) that stopped working. By this I mean that it cannot be turned on, an doesn't show any sign of activity when connected to the PC, a docking station and other chargers. Of course iTunes does not recognize the device when plugged in to the PC. This happened, without prior signs of a coming malfunction, about 2 months after I bought it, used, during the last summer.

What are my options in trying to bring it back to life? At the moment, buying a new iPod Touch is not an option.

  • 2 months? If you haven't jailbroken it, send it back to Apple for repair. If you have jailbroken it, this is Apple's payback.
    – user235
    Commented Jan 9, 2011 at 14:43
  • @Time Machine - thanks, but I am not the original owner. It was bought used. Also, I do believe it was jailbroken by the original owner.
    – ysap
    Commented Jan 10, 2011 at 1:33
  • Always reset a computer or other device if you have bought it from someone who used it. Laptops, desktops, TVs, clock radios, iPods, everything.
    – user235
    Commented Jan 10, 2011 at 7:27
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    That's certainly a good advice, but does it have something to do with this unfortunate situation?
    – ysap
    Commented Jan 10, 2011 at 13:38
  • If it's not jailbroken currently (and if it's a brick Apple can't tell anyway) Apple will still fix it at the Apple Store if you can get to one close to you. Commented Jan 17, 2011 at 19:54

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Try leaving it connected to a PC or Mac for several hours. If the Battery is completely empty, it will take some time to turn on. Happens to my 8GB iPod (which is not used much anymore) every time I leave it disconnected for 2 weeks or more.

THe only other option I can think of is trying to use a tool called RecBoot to boot the iPod into recovery mode. I don't know if that works (never needed it) and where to download it, but it's the only other option that would come to my mind.

  • thank, we already tried leaving it connected overnight and the day after, to no avail. I am not familiar with RecBoot, but given the PC does not even recognize it as connected, I don't see how a remote software tool can help here.
    – ysap
    Commented Jan 10, 2011 at 1:31

If you're sure its charged (try at least 3 combinations of computer->cables, or cable->chargers in case a charger or cable is broken) you should take it to your local Apple store. They will diagnose the problem and fix it if it's in warranty for free. Although you bought it last summer you say it is a Second gen, which means it's probably not in warranty. They will tell you all your options.

  • @SeniorShizzle - thanks for your answer. As I mentioned, I bought it used, so I am not the original owner. And yes, it is older than 1 year, so warranty is not valid either.
    – ysap
    Commented Jan 8, 2011 at 5:00
  • and yes, I tried a few combinations of computers, chargers, docks and cables - but nada!
    – ysap
    Commented Jan 8, 2011 at 5:02
  • The 8 GB could still have been 2G.
    – user235
    Commented Jan 9, 2011 at 14:45
  • Also, and this might not work. You can try booting the device into recovery mode. Leave the ipod plugged into the wall for a couple hours on a charger you KNOW works. Plug the charger into the mac, then hold the HOME button (NOT the power button or any other buttons) and slide the charger into the iPhone while still keeping the home button pressed for at least one minute. If after that time it doesn't work, try again. If not still, Apple store. Commented Jan 17, 2011 at 19:57
  • @SeniorShizzle - OK, I'll try - but I assume this works for a Windows computer as well? If not, then I need to find a MAC first... (BTW, it's an iPod, not iPhone, but again, I assume the procedure should be the same?)
    – ysap
    Commented Jan 17, 2011 at 20:19

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