General settings include network, sharing, security, and other iOS settings. You can also find
information about your iPod touch, and reset various iPod touch settings.
Go to Settings > General > About to get information about iPod touch, including available storage
space, serial numbers, network addresses, and legal and regulatory information. You can also view
and turn off diagnostic information that’s sent to Apple.
Change the name of your iPod touch: Go to Settings > General > About, then tap Name.
The name appears in the sidebar when iPod touch is connected to iTunes, and it’s also used by iCloud.
Software Update lets you download and install iOS updates from Apple.
Update to the latest iOS version: Go to Settings > General > Software Update.
If a newer version of iOS is available, follow the onscreen instructions to download and install
Note: Make sure iPod touch is connected to a power source so that the installation, which can
take several minutes, completes successfully.
View available storage: Go to Settings > General > Usage.
View app storage
Go to General > Usage. Each installed app’s total storage space is shown.
For more details, tap the app’s name.
For information about managing iCloud storage, see “iCloud” on page 16.
Use Network settings to configure a VPN (virtual private network) connection and access
Add a new VPN configuration
Go to Settings > General > Network > VPN > Add VPN Configuration.
Ask your network administrator which settings to use. In most cases, if
you’ve set up VPN on your computer, you can use the same VPN settings
for iPod touch. See “VPN” on page 102.
iPod touch can connect wirelessly to Bluetooth devices such as headphones. You can also connect
the Apple Wireless Keyboard via Bluetooth. See “Using an Apple Wireless Keyboard” on page 26.
Turn Bluetooth on or off: Go to Settings > General > Bluetooth.
Connect to a Bluetooth device
Tap the device in the Devices list, then follow the onscreen instructions
to connect to it. See the documentation that came with the device for
instructions about Bluetooth pairing.
iTunes Wi-Fi Sync
You can sync iPod touch with iTunes on a computer that’s connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
Enable iTunes Wi-Fi Sync: To set up Wi-Fi syncing for the first time you have to connect
iPod touch to the computer that you want to sync with. For more information, see “Syncing with
iTunes” on page 17.
After you configure Wi-Fi Sync, iPod touch syncs with iTunes automatically, once a day, when it’s
connected to a power source and:
iPod touch and your computer are both connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
iTunes on your computer is running.
See Wi-Fi Sync status
Go to Settings > General > iTunes Wi-Fi Sync.
Immediately sync with iTunes
Go to Settings > General > iTunes Wi-Fi Sync, then tap Sync Now.
The Spotlight Search setting lets you specify the content areas searched by Search, and rearrange
the order of the results.
Set which content areas are searched by Search: Go to Settings > General > Spotlight Search
then select the items to search.
Set the order of search result
Go to Settings > General > Spotlight Search. Touch next to an item,
then drag up or down.
Locking iPod touch turns off the display, saves your battery, and prevents unintended operation.
You can still adjust the volume while listening to music.
Set the amount of time before iPod touch locks: Go to Settings > General > Auto-Lock, then
choose a time.
Initially, iPod touch doesn’t require you to enter a passcode to unlock it.
Setting a passcode enables data protection. See “Security features” on page 33.
Set a passcode: Go to Settings > General > Passcode Lock to set a 4-digit passcode.
If you forget your passcode, you must restore the iPod touch software. See “Updating and
restoring iPod touch software” on page 137.
Turn passcode lock off or change
Go to Settings > General > Passcode Lock.
Set how long before your
passcode is required
Go to Settings > General > Passcode Lock and enter your passcode. Tap
Require Passcode, then set how long iPod touch will wait after being
locked, before it requires your passcode in order to be unlocked again.
Turn Simple Passcode on or off
Go to Settings > General > Passcode Lock.
A simple passcode is a four-digit number. To increase security, turn off
Simple Passcode and use a longer passcode with a combination of
numbers, letters, punctuation, and special characters.
Erase data after ten failed
Go to Settings > General > Passcode Lock and tap Erase Data.
After ten failed passcode attempts, all settings are reset, and all your
information and media are erased by removing the encryption key to the
data (which is encrypted using 256-bit AES encryption).
You can set restrictions for the use of some apps and for purchased content. For example, parents
can restrict explicit music from being seen on playlists, or turn off YouTube access.
Turn on restrictions: Go to Settings > General > Restrictions, then tap Enable Restrictions.
If you forget your passcode, you must restore iPod touch. See “Updating and restoring
iPod touch software” on page 137.
You can set the following restrictions:
Safari is disabled and its icon is removed from the Home screen. You cannot use Safari to browse
the web or access web clips.
YouTube is disabled and its icon is removed from the Home screen.
Camera is disabled and its icon is removed from the Home screen. You cannot take photos.
You cannot make or receive FaceTime video calls. The FaceTime icon is removed from the
The iTunes Store is disabled and its icon is removed from the Home screen. You cannot preview,
purchase, or download content.
You cannot access Ping or any of its features.
Installing Apps The App Store is disabled and its icon is removed from the Home screen. You cannot install apps
on iPod touch.
You cannot delete apps from iPod touch.
doesn’t appear on app icons when you’re
customizing the Home screen.
Turn Location Services off for individual apps. You can also lock Location Services so that
changes to the settings can’t be made, including authorizing additional apps to use the services.
The current Mail, Contacts, Calendar settings are locked and you cannot add, modify, or
Turn off In-App Purchases. When enabled, this feature allows you to purchase additional content
or functionality within apps downloaded from the App Store.
Requires you to enter your Apple ID for in-app purchases after the time period you specify.
Tap Ratings For, then select a country from the list. You can then set restrictions using a country’s
ratings system for music, podcasts, movies, TV show, and apps. Content that doesn’t meet the
rating you select won’t appear on iPod touch.
When Multiplayer Games is turned off, you can’t request a match, send or receive invitations to
play games, or add friends in Game Center.
Adding Friends When Adding Friends is off, you can’t make or receive friend requests in Game Center. If
Multiplayer Games is turned on, you can continue to play with existing friends.
Date & Time
These settings apply to the time shown in the status bar at the top of the screen, and in world
clocks and calendars.
Set whether iPod touch shows 24-hour time or 12-hour time: Go to Settings > General >
Date & Time, then turn 24-Hour Time on or off. (24-Hour Time may not be available in all areas.)
Set whether iPod touch updates
the date and time automatically
Go to Settings > General > Date & Time, then turn Set Automatically on
If iPod touch is set to update the time automatically, it determines your
time zone based on your Internet connection and updates it for the
time zone you’re in. If you’re traveling, iPod touch may not be able to
automatically set the local time.
Set the date and time manually
Go to General > Date & Time, then turn Set Automatically off. Tap Time Zone
to set your time zone. Tap the “Date & Time” button, then Set Date & Time
and enter the date and time.
You can turn on keyboards for writing in different languages, and you can turn typing features,
such as spell-checking, on or off. For information about typing, see “Typing” on page 23.
For information about using international keyboards, see Appendix A, “International
Keyboards,” on page 131.
Use International settings to set the language for iPod touch, turn keyboards for different
languages on or off, and set the date, time, and telephone number formats for your country
Set the language for iPod touch: Go to Settings > General > International > Language, choose
the language you want to use, then tap Done.
Set the calendar format
Go to Settings > General > International > Calendar, and choose the format.
Set the Voice Control language
for iPod touch
Go to Settings > General > International > Voice Control, then choose
Set the date, time, and telephone
Go to Settings > General > International > Region Format, then choose
The Region Format also determines the language used for the days and
months that appear in apps.
To turn on accessibility features, go to Settings > General > Accessibility and choose the features
you want. See Chapter 30, “Accessibility,” on page 118.
This setting appears if you install one or more profiles on iPod touch. Tap Profiles to see
information about the profiles you install.
You can reset the word dictionary, network settings, home screen layout, and location warnings.
You can also erase all of your content and settings.
Erase all content and settings: Go to Settings > General > Reset, then tap Erase All Content
After confirming that you want to reset iPod touch, all content, personal information, and settings
are removed. It cannot be used until it’s set up again.
Reset all settings
Go to Settings > General > Reset and tap Reset All Settings.
All your preferences and settings are reset. Information (such as contacts
and calendars) and media (such as songs and videos) aren’t affected.
Reset network settings
Go to Settings > General > Reset and tap Reset Network Settings.
When you reset network settings, your list of previously used networks and
VPN settings not installed by a configuration profile are removed. Wi-Fi is
turned off and then back on, disconnecting you from any network you’re
on. The Wi-Fi and “Ask to Join Networks” settings are left turned on.
To remove VPN settings installed by a configuration profile, go to Settings >
General > Profile, then select the profile and tap Remove. This also removes
other settings and accounts provided by the profile.
Reset the keyboard dictionary
Go to Settings > General > Reset and tap Reset Keyboard Dictionary.
You add words to the keyboard dictionary by rejecting words iPod touch
suggests as you type. Tap a word to reject the correction and add the word
to the keyboard dictionary. Resetting the keyboard dictionary erases all
words you’ve added.
Reset the Home screen layout
Go to Settings > General > Reset and tap Reset Home Screen Layout.
Reset location warnings
Go to Settings > General > Reset and tap Reset Location Warnings.
Location warnings are requests made by apps to use Location Services.
iPod touch presents a location warning for an app the first time the app
makes a request to use Location Services. If you tap Cancel in response, the
request isn’t presented again. To reset location warnings so that you get a
request for each app, tap Reset Location Warnings.