When you turn on your new iPod touch, you'll notice that it comes out of the box with its battery partly charged. In order to fully use it, though, you'll have to set it up and sync it. Here's how you do that.
These instructions apply to the following models:
- 5th generation iPod touch
- 4th generation iPod touch
- 3rd generation iPod touch
- 2nd generation iPod touch
The first three steps apply only to the iPod touch the first time you set it up. After that, whenever you plug the touch in to your computer to sync, you'll skip right to step 4.
Initial Set Up
The first time you set up your iPod touch, you have to choose a number of settings on the touch itself and then choose sync settings on your computer. To do this, begin by tapping the touch's On/Off button to turn it on. Next, follow the steps from the iPhone setup guide. While that article is for the iPhone, the process for the touch is nearly identical. The only difference is the iMessage screen, where you choose the phone number and email address you'll use for iMessage.
Sync Settings and Regular Syncing
When that's complete, move on to creating your sync settings. Begin by plugging your iPod touch into your computer's USB port using the included cable. When you do this, iTunes will launch if it's not already running. If you don't have iTunes on your computer, learn how to download and install it.
When you plug it in, the iPod touch will appear in the Devices menu in the left-hand column of iTunes and the Welcome to your New iPod screen shown above will appear. Click Continue.
Next you'll be asked to agree to Apple's software licensing agreement (which will likely only be interesting if you’re a lawyer; regardless, you need to agree to it to use the iPod). Click the checkbox at the bottom of the window and then click Continue.
Next, either enter your Apple ID/iTunes account or, if you don't have one, create one. You'll need the account to download or buy content at iTunes, including apps, so it's pretty essential. It's also free and easy to set up.
Once that's done, you'll need to register your iPod touch with Apple. Like the software license agreement, this is a requirement. The optional items on this screen include deciding whether you want Apple to send you promotional emails or not. Fill out the form, make your decisions, and click Continue and we'll be on our way to the more interesting stuff.