Setting Up Your New iPod Touch The Right Way

So you got your new shiny scratch free iPod Touch, let imaNerd4Apple help you set it up right.

Initial Setup

Thanks to Apple’s new iOS 5 operating system, it’s incredibly easy to start using your new iPod touch the second you take it out of the box. You no longer have to plug it into your PC to get started. Simply select your language and the wireless network to which you’d like to connect your device, and you will then be asked whether you’d like to setup your device as a new iPod touch, restore from an iTunes backup, or restore from an iCloud backup.

Get Started With Your New iPod Touch — The Right Way [Setup Guide]Images courtesy of iPhoneism.com

If you’re already an iPod touch owner and this is an upgrade, you may want to restore from a backup of your old device. However, if this is you’re first device, you’ll need to begin from scratch by selecting “setup as new iPod touch.” You can then enter your Apple ID if you have one, which will allow you to download apps, music, books, and other content you’ve already purchased. Alternatively, you can create a new Apple ID, which is necessary for purchasing items from the iTunes Store.

After setting up your Apple ID, you can login with or create an iCloud account. This isn’t a step you’ll want to skip: iCloud allows you to do all sorts of fancy things like syncing apps, music, books, contacts, calendars, reminders, and more between all your devices; take advantage of Photo Stream; and use Find My iPhone.

Get Started With Your New iPod Touch — The Right Way [Setup Guide]Images courtesy of iPhoneism.com

After you hit that “Start using iPod touch” button, you’ll be taken to your home screen. Now it’s time to plug your device into iTunes (if possible) and begin syncing your content. After connecting your device, you can select which content you’d like to send to your device. To save storage on your iPod touch, it’s best to be mindful of what you’re syncing.

Only transfer music that you’re going to listen to, apps your going to use, books you’re going to read, videos you’ll want to watch, and photos you’ll want to look at while you’re on the go. Our iOS devices get filled with all sorts of content so quickly and easily that those precious gigabytes are soon eaten up. By being mindful of the content you’re transferring, you can prevent wasting storage on content you won’t use.

Essential Tweaks

Before get stuck into a game of Angry Birds, which will undoubtedly last until New Year’s Eve, there are some essential tweaks that you should make to your device. Here’s a few things that’ll help maximize your battery life, make your apps and games easier to access, and prevent unwanted access to your device:

Enable Emoji Keyboard

iOS 5 allows you to take advantage of Apple’s Emoji keyboard, which was previously restricted to certain languages. The Emoji keyboard offers a ton of icons and smilies that you can use in text messages, emails, tweets, status updates, and lots more. In fact, once enabled, you can use Emoji icons anywhere within iOS.

Get Started With Your New iPod Touch — The Right Way [Setup Guide]

To turn on the Emoji keyboard, open up the Settings app, tap the ‘General’ tab, and then select ‘Keyboard’. Tap the ‘Add New Keyboard…’ button and then select ‘Emoji’. You can now access Emoji icons by tapping the globe key on your device’s keyboard.

Get Started With Your New iPod Touch — The Right Way [Setup Guide]

Setup Home Screen Folders

If you’re anything like me, you’ll have tons of iOS apps installed on your device, despite being mindful about what you’re installing. Rather than scrolling through pages full of apps to find that one you want each time, you can organize them into folders for quick and easy access.

Get Started With Your New iPod Touch — The Right Way [Setup Guide]

To setup a folder, simply hold your finger down on an app until they all start wiggling, then drag one app onto another. I find folders are most affective when split into categories, for example, I have a folder for games, a folder for productivity apps, a folder for social apps, and so on.

Turn On Automatic Downloads

When you download new apps, books, or music in iTunes on your computer, you can have them sent automatically to your iPod touch, too. To enable automatic downloads, open up the Settings app and then tap ‘Store’.

Get Started With Your New iPod Touch — The Right Way [Setup Guide]

Toggle music, apps, and books to ‘on’ — now anything you download on your computer using the same Apple ID will automatically be installed on your iPod touch.

Setup A Passcode Lock

With all the personal information stored on our iOS devices, we want to ensure they secure and only accessible by authorized users. To prevent unwanted access, you can setup a passcode lock, which will ensure your data is protected if ever your device is lost or stolen.

Get Started With Your New iPod Touch — The Right Way [Setup Guide]

Open up the Settings app on your device and tap ‘General’, then ‘Passcode Lock’. Turn Passcode Lock on and select your four-digit code. It’s important to use a code that you’ll remember, because there’s no way to bypass the passcode lock once it’s activated. For a more complex code using letters and number, see our tip on setting up an alphanumeric passcode.

Once your passcode lock is active, only you will be able to unlock it.

Turn Off Wi-Fi

Now, you don’t need to turn Wi-Fi off all the time, but it’s a good idea to disable it if you’re out and about with your device in your pocket while you’re listening to music. For our convenience, our devices are always hunting for Wi-Fi networks which can eat away at your device’s battery life without you knowing it. By turning this feature off when you don’t need it, your battery will last a little longer while you’re on the go.

Get Started With Your New iPod Touch — The Right Way [Setup Guide]

Simply open up the Settings app, tap ‘Wi-Fi’ and toggle the feature off.

Essential Apps

The App Store is home to over 500,000 apps and games for iOS devices, many of which are as little as $0.99. Of course, there are far too many terrific ones to list here, but here’s five that no iPod touch user should be without:

Camera+ — $0.99

Camera+ is quite possibly the best, and certainly the most popular, photography application on iOS. It boasts dozens of effects, touch exposure and focus, 6 times digital zoom, and multiple scene modes. It’s the ultimate way to get the most out of your photos, and you won’t find a better all-round photography app.

Tweetbot — $2.99

Tweetbot is by far the best Twitter client out there, boasting a fast, intuitive, and beautiful user interface; a hoard of handy features; and the kind of stability you’d expect from Apple’s own iOS apps. Tweetbot has become one of the most adored Twitter clients available for iOS, and once you begin using it, you understand why.

Flipboard — Free

Flipboard is one of my favorite apps that is a unique news reader that creates a personalized magazine out of everything that’s important to you, including your RSS feeds, Instagram photos, Facebook updates, Tumblr posts, and articles from your favorite publications. It’s tailor-made to your tastes so you never run into anything that doesn’t interest you, and it features a wonderful user interface that’s just a pleasure to use.

Temple Run — Free

Temple Run is a new mobile gaming phenomenon that is a incredibly popular title and  the most exhilarating running game in the App Store. Temple Run test your reflexes as you race down ancient temple walls and along sheer cliffs. Swipe to turn, jump and slide to avoid obstacles, collect coins and buy power ups, and see how far you can run!

Spotify — Free

The Spotifyapp (subscription required) for your iPod touch gives you access to over 15 million songs on demand, and it’s a must-have for music lovers. Create and your playlists between your iPod touch, your Mac, your iPad and other devices; receive music from your friends; wirelessly sync your local music library to your device; star your favorite tracks; and Scrobble tracks to Last.fm. You can also create offline playlists that will allow you to listen to your favorite songs while you’re away from a Wi-Fi hotspot.

Welp thats it, you set up your new iPod Touch enjoy!!!

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