If you accidentally change the language on your iPod

Your iPod is multilingual and can be set to display one of many languages. Follow these steps if you accidentally choose the wrong language.

Reset your iPod

Depending on how much you've used your iPod since selecting the language, simply resetting your iPod may cause it to forget the current language setting and allow you to select a new one. Learn how to reset your iPod. When you reset your iPod, all of your music and data files are saved, but you may need to reset some of your settings.

Update your iPod software

If you haven't updated your iPod software recently, use the latest version of iTunes to update the iPod software.

Select another language

Disconnect your iPod from your computer, then go to the main iPod menu by pressing the Menu button until the menu title is "iPod." Now select your language as described below.

iPod nano or Fifth Generation iPod (iPod with video)

  1. Scroll down to the last menu item, but don't select it.
  2. Scroll up one menu item to what should be Settings. Then press the Center (Select) button to select it.
  3. Scroll down to the last menu item, which should be Reset All Settings, but don't select it.
  4. Scroll up two steps to what should be the Language. Press the Center button to select it. 
  5. Select your preferred language from the list.

    Watch a video of these steps.

Earlier iPod with color display (including iPod photo)

  1. Scroll to the fourth menu item, which should be Settings. Pess the Center (Select) button to select it.
  2. Scroll down to the last menu item, which should be Reset All Settings, but don't select it.
  3. Scroll up two steps to what should be Language. Press the Center button to select it. 
  4. Select your preferred language from the list.

iPod with a monochrome (black and white) display

  1. Scroll to the third menu item, which should be Settings. Press the Center (Select) button to select it.
  2. Scroll down to the last menu item, which should be Reset All Settings, but don't select it.
  3. Scroll up two steps to what should be Language. Press the Center button to select it. 
  4. Select your preferred language from the list.

If the instructions above don't help you to change the language on your iPod, choose Reset All Settings from the Settings menu. If Reset All Settings doesn't work, you can restore your iPod back to factory condition and reselect the display language. Restoring your iPod will erase all information and return it to factory condition.

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