12 Replies Latest reply: Aug 9, 2009 12:52 AM by Julian Wright
Terabithia Level 1 (10 points)
My dad wants to get my grandmother an iPod Touch so that she can use it for email and browsing things like photos online. She probably won't use it for music and video, or at least won't need to sync it often. My question is this-- can you set up an iPod Touch without owning a computer? Do you still need a computer for the initial activation, and if so can you use a computer in the Apple Store? I know she would have to make an iTunes Store account to buy apps directly on the Touch, but after that initial set up I don't think she would need a computer as long as it didn't need to be restored.

So what exactly needs to be done to activate a new iPod Touch? Thanks!

MacBook (white), iPod Touch (1st gen), Mac OS X (10.5.5)
  • Thomas Wright1 Level 2 (165 points)
    I'm afraid you're out of luck.

    From the iPod Touch User Guide:

    What You Need
    To use iPod touch, you need:
    A Mac or a PC with a USB 2.0 port and one of the following operating systems:

    Mac OS X version 10.4.11 or later; version 10.5.7 or later is required for syncing Notes

    Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 2 or later

    Windows Vista Home Premium, Business, Enterprise, or Ultimate edition

    Display resolution on your computer set to 1024 x 768 or higher

    iTunes 8.2 or later, available at
    QuickTime 7.6.2 or later

    An iTunes Store account (for purchases from the iTunes Store or App Store)

    An Internet connection for your computer (broadband recommended)
  • Terabithia Level 1 (10 points)
    So that's for the initial set up -- is there any reason you can't use a public computer like an Apple Store computer? (I feel like there probably is, but I'm trying to get the details of why and how)
  • Anna Sandham Level 4 (3,475 points)
    i'm not sure to be honest.
    couldn't she use yours for the set up process?
    also, she'll need some sort of wifi network in order to access the internet. i'm not sure, but don't you need a computer for that?
  • Terabithia Level 1 (10 points)
    You don't need a computer to have wifi-- I guess you need it to put a password on the wifi, but you could just set that up once, and if you don't care about having a password all you need to do is plug in the router and pay the service. Also lots of public places have free wifi these days.

    Using my computer or another family member's computer is definitely a possibility, but there aren't any right near where she lives so it would be a little bit more of a hassle, that's why we're trying to find out if its necessary or not.
  • Thomas Wright1 Level 2 (165 points)
    I think it isn't feasible to use an iPod Touch without a computer. At the very least you will need access to a Wi-Fi network (as pointed out by Anna Sandham) and you would have to use an e-mail account that is supported by the iPod Touch, and you would need to periodically charge the iPod Touch either by connecting to a computer or by using a charging adapter. You might want to download the iPod Touch User Guide from the Apple website and take a look through it. If you plan to use a computer at an Apple store, why not drop in to one and ask your question there?
  • F Shippey Level 7 (21,500 points)
    I love my touch, but I think for your intended application a netbook computer might be best. The might be a little more expensive (they start about $250) but I think your grandmother would find it easier to use.
  • starsky133 Level 1 (0 points)
    As soon as I got my iPod Touch, I turned it on right away without plugging it into my computer. From there you can set up email, browse the internet, and even purchase songs or apps if you have an iTunes account. To answer your question, you don't need a computer, but it helps. Also without a computer you will have to buy a wall charger.
  • BobHarris Level 6 (17,699 points)
    I agree, I do not think you need to have a computer. The limitation is that noting is backed up. So any purchases could be lost.

    gMail works well as an email server (in case anyone is interested).

    And it is always possible for friends and relatives to provide any misc sync'ing services (such as transferring CD based music to a computer and then loading it on the iPod Touch).
  • David. Level 4 (2,145 points)
    A new Touch requires you to hook up to itunes before you can get to the home screen.
  • Terabithia Level 1 (10 points)
    It is not difficult to have a wifi network without a computer, nor is it difficult to have a wall charger. I have used my ipod touch for extended periods of time while traveling-- it doesn't spontaneously break if you don't plug it into a computer for awhile. My question is what exactly is needed for the initial set up, since I know how to use it without a computer after that.
  • Terabithia Level 1 (10 points)
    Does it? That's what I wasn't sure about.
  • Julian Wright Level 7 (34,860 points)

    +"Before you can use any of the iPod touch features, you must use iTunes to set up and register iPod touch, and to create an iTunes Store account (if you don't already have one)."+

    +"Your computer must be connected to the Internet."+

    After that, if you don't care about syncing and backp-up, you're good to go.