Recovering lost password on iPod touch

Q: I misplaced my iPod sometime ago. Recently I found it. I put a password on it I cannot remember.

Is there a way to find out the password or open the playlist some way. The computer I used to load the songs went bad and has since been replaced.

– Ted

A: Unfortunately, the only easy way to reset a lost password on an iOS device is to perform a complete “Restore” on the device, returning it back to its factory settings and erasing everything on it.

If you have a backup stored in iTunes, you can restore the backup onto the device once the full iOS Restore completes and this will recover all of your settings and non-media data and prompt you to supply a new password of your own choosing.

In terms of recovering media content, you should be able to do this with any of the iOS compatible iPod recovery tools that are available, even if the device is locked with a passcode. See our article on Copying Content from your iPod to your Computer for more information.