In order to update, or jailbreak, your iPod or iPhone's software, you'll probably need to put the device into recovery mode at some point. The procedure is fairly simple. Just follow the directions in this article to get started.
Step 1. Disconnect your device from the computer
This procedure will not work if you start with the phone connected to the computer. Just leave the cable in the computer, as you'll be reconnecting the phone later in the procedure.
Step 2. Turn off your device
Turn off the device by pressing and holding the On/Off button. When the Power slider appears, slide it to the right. Wait for your device to completely shut down before continuing.
Step #3. Press and hold the Home button
Connect the device to your computer via the USB cable while holding the Home button. When you plug the device back in, the device should turn on again.
If the screen appears to indicate that the battery is low, charge the device for a few minutes and perform the procedure again
Step #4. Press and hold the Home button
After a few moments, you will see the "Connect to iTunes" screen appear on your device. This is an image of an arrow pointing from a USB cable to the iTunes logo. If you see this screen appear, you can release the Home button.
Step 5. Open iTunes
Open iTunes if you want to perform a restore through iTunes. iTunes will display a message stating that a device is connected in recovery mode. From there, you can proceed with restoring your iOS device.
Step 6. Get out of Recovery Mode
To exit Recovery Mode, press and hold the Power and Home buttons both for about 10 seconds. This turns the device off. To turn it back on normally, briefly press and hold the Power button.
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- Jailbreaking an iPod may be considered a copyright infringement by Apple and, regardless of the device, will void the warranty.