4 Replies Latest reply: Jan 2, 2010 11:08 AM by godotdog
godotdog Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
My iTouch has been acting weird...it froze on the apple logo when I tried a reset, holding the Wake and Home buttons. I was only able to put it into recovery mode after much effort, and I had to modify the approved procedures to do so. I tried the reset again (after a lengthy recovery) and the same thing happened.

Now I've found that the "Settings" icon has disappeared! I am able to get into the settings, using the search feature, but the icon/button has disappeared from my iPod.

I have a LOT of apps on the device--it's a 2nd gen, 32Gb--if this is a possible cause. I don't think I could stand to lose all my data.

Any help appreciated.

Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • Jim VanLeeuwen Level 6 Level 6 (18,820 points)
    Only 11 pages of apps can be displayed.

    iTunes 9.0.2 has an enhancement to improve app sorting by allowing you to move apps accessible only by the spotlight search to a visible page.

    See this article http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-19512_7-10387022-233.html?tag=mncol;title
  • godotdog Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks Jim, but I don't think the 11 page limit is the cause of this.

    I have had more than 11 pages of apps for a long time, and the default apps (email, contacts, music, weather, maps, etc) have ALWAYS been displayed on the first 11 pages. In fact, I was unable able to move any of the default apps to pages beyond 11.

    Also, the default apps are displayed in iTunes when viewing the iTouch device, under the apps tab. But in the present case, the "settings" app has disappeared entirely--it does not appear on the device or in the apps tab of iTunes on ANY page (including pages beyond 11). I can only find it using the search function on the iTouch itself.
  • Jim VanLeeuwen Level 6 Level 6 (18,820 points)
    If you reset the home screen layout, you'll put all the original apps in their original locations, followed by third-party apps in alphabetical order. Search for Settings and select General > Reset and tap Reset Home Screen Layout. Maybe that will help you find it.
  • godotdog Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks, Jim

    I put off trying your suggestion, 'cause I knew it would be time consuming. I finally did it and my "settings" icon has reappeared. Naturally, it took a long time to get all my eleven visible pages of apps back into their previous order. I took screen shots of each page before resetting the home screen, to help me reorder them--it was tedious.

    thanks again!