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iPod Touch Stuck in Recovery Mode

By Emily Watson, Sunday, Mar 08, 2015

An iPod can sometimes get stuck in recovery mode if:

You intentionally activated recovery mode to solve a problem.

You're trying to jailbreak your iPod and it all went terribly wrong.

Like many of us – you were simply trying to update to the latest iOS software.

When your iPod touch is stuck in recovery mode, you can use the iTunes to restore it and update its software. However, restoring from iTunes to get iPod out of recovery is a double sword. It is great if you have recently performed an iTunes backup, tragic if you have not. If your last iTunes backup was a while ago, you risk losing any data added to your device since your last iTunes backup.

However, there are utilities to get your iPod touch out of recovery mode with erasing any data:

Part 1: Fix iPod touch Stuck in Recovery Mode without Data Loss
Part 2: Fix iPod touch Stuck in Recovery Mode in One Click
Part 3: How to Recover iPod touch Data without Backup

Part 1: Fix iPod touch Stuck in Recovery Mode without Data Loss

FonePaw iOS System Recovery is believed to be the most effective utility that you could find. It works great to fix iPod touch 5/4/3/2 and more iPod models that are stuck at recovery mode. Comparing to using iTunes, using this program allows you to keep all music, videos, photos, apps on your iPod. Other than that, the program is more user-friendly than iTunes. With its step-by-step instruction, the repairing process is completely under your control. Now, click the download button below to get this powerful program on your PC.


1. Connect iPod Touch to Computer

After you have the program on your computer, launch the program and connect your iPod touch to the computer with USB cable. Then go to "More Tools" > "iOS System Recovery" and click "Start".

iOS System Recovery Get Started

2. Download Corresponding Firmware

The program can automatically detect that your iPod touch is in abnormal state. Click "Confirm" to continue.

iOS System Recovery Standard Mode

You'll then see the information of your iPod touch is displayed. Make sure that the information is correct since the program will download firmware correspondingly. If you are not sure about your device model, click question mark beside "Device Model" for the intruction to find out the information. After that, click "Repair".

Check Device Model

3. Wait for the Repairing to Complete

When the program is repairing your iPod touch, you just need to wait patiently and not move or use your device. You iPod touch will restart automatically.

iOS System Recovery Repairing iPod

Part 2: Fix iPod touch Stuck in Recovery Mode in One Click

FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery can also help you to get your iPod touch out of recovery mode without erasing any data. When it comes to fix iOS device with system problem, iPhone Data Recovery is not as powerful as iOS System Recovery. But it is quite simple and is worth a try.


1. Run FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery and connect iPod touch with your computer

To get start, you need to download the right version of the program and install it on your computer. Then, launch the program and connect you iPod touch to the computer.

2. Click "Restart" to get iPod touch out of recovery mode

After the program detected your iPod touch, you can get your iPod touch out of recovery mode by clicking "Restart" button.

iPod Out of Recovery Mode

Tips: For Mac users, you can click "Set Up" to restart your iPod touch to the normal condition.

When you finish the two steps above, you have already fix "iPod touch stuck in recovery mode". Now, you will get more details in part 3 to recover data from iPod touch, if you have a need.

Part 3: How to Recover iPod touch Data without Backup

FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery is more professional in recovering lost or deleted data from iPod touch, iPad and iPhone. With it, you can recover your lost photos, videos, contacts, SMS, WhatsApp, app data etc. with three ways. So if there are important files missing after using iTunes to get your iPod touch out of recovery mode, you can get back the files with FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery.


1. Scan iPod touch

Launch the program. When iPod touch is connected to your computer, click on the "Start Scan" button. The program will begin scanning your iPod touch.

Recover Data from iPod Touch Directly

2. Preview and recover iPod data

After the scan, all your data in your iPod touch are found and listed in organized categories, such as photos, contacts, messages, calendar, notes, reminders, voice memos and safari bookmark. You can preview them one by one. Then, markdown what you need and click on the "Recover" button to get them back on your computer.

Photo Library of iOS Device

If you've ever backup your iPod touch with iTunes or iCloud, you can also choose "Recover from iTunes Backup File" or "Recover from iCloud Backup File" to recover iPod touch files. With three recovery modes, FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery provides you comprehensive solutions to recover deleted data from iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.


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