How to Change iPod Home Controls: 14 Steps - MakeSureHow
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The Apple iPod's home screen is the main menu that displays each time you power on or activate the device. The default iPod home screen includes all the main controls you'll need to operate the iPod and navigate to your stored media content, games and applications, but you can change the items on the home screen to remove controls that you don't use frequently, add your favorite items and change the appearance of the device to suit your preferences. The customization process differs depending on your iPod model -- the iPod Classic uses a menu structure that you access with the device's click wheel and center button, while the iPod Touch and iPod Nano harness the same "tap and swipe" touch-screen technology as the Apple iPhone.


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    Change the Home Controls on the iPod Classic: Press any button to power up your iPod Classic.
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    Scroll to the "Settings" option with the iPod's click wheel.
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    Press the circular center button to open the Settings menu.
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    Select the "Main Menu" option to access the settings for the iPod's home screen menu.
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    Scroll to an item that you want to remove from the home screen and then click the center button to clear the check box next to the item and remove it. For example, you can remove audio categories such as "Genre" and "Artist." To add an item to the home screen, click the center button to enable the check box next to the item.
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    Press the "Play" button to save your changes and return to the iPod's home screen.
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    Change the Home Controls on the iPod Touch: Press and hold down any application icon on the iPod Touch home screen until all apps start to jiggle
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    Tap the white “x” icon in the black circle in the top left corner of the app icon to remove the app from the iPod's home screen.
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    Move the app to another location on the home screen by pressing and dragging the app icon while it's jiggling to your preferred position on the screen. The iPod automatically shifts other apps across, up or down to make room for the moved app. This is a useful way to move an app that you use often to a prominent position on the iPod home screen. Move it off the home screen and onto another screen by dragging it off the right edge of the screen.
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    Create a folder for apps on the iPod Touch home screen to group similar applications and remove clutter. While the apps are jiggling, drag an app and drop it onto another app to create a folder containing both apps. After creating the folder, move other apps into the folder by dragging and dropping them on the folder. Push the Home button when you are finished to stop the jiggling. The iPod Touch automatically assigns a name to the folder, but you can change this to your preferred title. Push and hold the folder until it jiggles and then tap the folder. Highlight and delete the existing name in the input field at the top of the folder. Type a new name for the folder in the field. Push the Home button when you are finished.
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    Change the Home Controls on the iPod Nano: Press and hold down the app icon you want to move until it starts to jiggle on the home screen.
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    Drag and drop the icon to your preferred location. The iPod Nano automatically scrolls the icons as you drag an app left or right across the screen. Remove your finger from the screen to drop the app at the desired position.
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    Push the "Sleep/Wake" button or tap and hold the app icon again to store your changes.
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    Change the home screen display from the default of one large app icon to four smaller icons by tapping "Settings" followed by "General." Select "Home Screen," then tap next to "Small Icons" to enable this option.


  • The dots at the bottom of the iPod Touch and iPod Nano home screens show the number of screens on the device.

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