How-To Geek

Transfer Music, Apps, and Other Data from an Old Gen iPod to a New One

Recently Apple released their new 4th generation iPod Touch & iPhones, and if you get the new generation you probably want to transfer your data. Here we show you how to do it easily using iTunes.

Here we’re transferring our data from the iPod Touch 3rd generation to the latest 4th generation model using iTunes on a Windows 7 computer.

Here we have our iPod Touch 32GB 3rd generation device. Notice we have most everything in folders using the new iOS 4 feature. Since we don’t want to waste time setting up the new device with all the folders, apps, and music…we’ll use the backup feature in iTunes 10…yes iTunes…as it actually works well and you can register the device too.


Backup Old iPod

First plug in your old iPod and back it up. Just right-click on the device in iTunes and select Back Up.


Then wait while the backup process completes.


Register & Restore new iPod

Then connect your new iPod and click on the device and you’ll need to go through the registration process. Or you can register it later to if you want.


Now when you go to set it up, you have the choice to set it up as a new iPod, or restore from a backup. Here we’re selecting the most recent backup then click Continue.


Then wait for the process to complete. The amount of time it takes will depend on how much data was in the backup.


After the restoration is complete we were happy to see all of our data transferred to the 4th Gen iPod Touch successfully, including the folders we had created on the old device. Then of course we have the new featured included like FaceTime and the Camera app.


You can of course set it up as a new device and manually manage your apps and other content if you prefer that method.


Generally we try to stay away from iTunes as much as possible, and there are several alternatives out there. But for registering a new iPod and restoring data from the old one…the backup and restore feature works well.

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Brian Burgess worked in IT for 10 years before pursuing his passion for writing. He's been a tech blogger and journalist for the past seven years, and can be found on his about me page or Google+

  • Published 09/30/10

Comments (8)

  1. Danny

    Does this work as well going from an iPod Classic to an iPod Touch?

  2. dude

    thanks so much

  3. Will


    Does this work going from an iPhone 3GS to a new iPod Touch?

    Please reply ASAP


  4. James

    Does this erase all your game saves or game data when you transfer them

  5. maddie

    if you do this will it transfer the data in the app to the new iPod touch? for example… if I have doodle jump and it transfers it to a new iPod touch will my highscore be on the new iPod?

  6. Kai

    This is not working for me. It restored my mail settings and one folder. I have 21 folders and several other unfoldered apps. Trying to transfer things to my new latest-gen ipod touch.

  7. Breanna

    Will restoring my new iPod from the back up of an old one erase all of my other itunes?

  8. Danielle

    If you transfer the apps will the expansion packs also transfer?

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