You plugged your iPhone into your computer. But then you see that your iPhone is not showing up in iTunes, relatable? Thought so. Occasionally, iTunes has an array of glitches and bugs that really are irritating to deal with. Some of them like iTunes error 14, Firmware compatibility issues, corrupted backup, etc., have troubled the
average joe and the pros alike.
One such major problem a lot of iPhone users face is that their iPhones don’t show in iTunes no matter what they do. No worries though as this article details a variety of quick fixes that can get rid of this problem for good.
How to Fix iPhone not showing up in iTunes:
This problem can be removed quite easily if you do some basic troubleshooting. These methods are much easier and HIGHLY recommended to try before you move on to any technical processes. A single step or two can nip your problem in the bud, and that’s precisely why this article has been created.
So, the basic troubleshooting methods to do right away are:
1. Update your iOS and iTunes to their latest versions
If you have bought a brand-new iPhone recently then connecting to an old iTunes version is just not going to work. This is quite basic but gets missed by a lot of individuals facing the ‘not-connecting’ issue. So, if your iTunes is not
up to date, update it and then try to re-connect your iPhone.
2. Restart your iOS device and PC
This works like a charm for most of the devices facing an issue. Many times, the reason for iPhone not showing up is a software crash and restarting can fix it. Also, restarting the PC helps fix any connection or compatibility issues that
it might be having with the iPhone.
3. Disable the restrictions
Again, if you have not disabled the restrictions on your iPhone then do it right now. Just head over to the Settings tab, then General and then Restrictions. Once in, click on Toggle OFF and its done. Why this method works is because it removes the restrictions that might have been keeping the iPhone from showing on iTunes.
4. Uninstall and then reinstall iTunes plus other services
This can fix your problem with ease as well. What you have to do here is to completely uninstall iTunes, Apple Mobile Device Support, QuickTime, Bonjour, Apple Application Support and Apple Software Update. Nothing to
worry, just reinstall iTunes and rest of the services will be reinstalled automatically. After reinstalling iTunes and the rest of the services, try reconnecting your iPhone back again, and certainly this time your device will
5. Trust button should be on
After connecting your iPhone to your Mac/Windows make sure you have clicked on the Trust button. This allows for your iPhone to be accessed by the computer and also show up on your PC tab. Also, you can try reconnecting
your iPhone with your PC and doing this step over.
6. Check the USB ports
If your iPhone isn’t showing up on the computer itself no matter how many times you try the previous methods, then you need to check the USB ports and cable thoroughly. A cable in lousy condition or USB port malfunctioning can
be reasons why your iPhone has not been showing up on iTunes.
Try using a different cable, changing the USB ports or connecting the cable a bit firmly. If there any physical issues responsible for non-connectivity then this method will take care of it.
Now if you have tried all of these basic methods and still your iPhone is not showing up in iTunes, the forthcoming technical methods are then your best bet. The concise guide for both Mac and Windows users is on a rundown below:
1. Uninstall third-party software
Software by third-party apps especially security apps can be the reason why iTunes cannot connect to the Apple server or your iPhone. There might even be an error displayed when you try to sign in, sync, back up or restoring
Step 1: Press and hold the Option key >> Click on the Apple menu >> Select System Report or System Information.
Step 2: Select USB from the list on the left.
Step 3: If you can see your iPhone or even iPad, iPod for that matter under the USB device section, uninstall the third-party security software.
2. Check iTunes services
An extensive check into iTunes services on your Mac can weed out the flaws or glitches if any. Just open Spotlight on your Mac or directly go to the task manager, i.e., Activity Monitor. In the Activity Monitor dashboard set the view
as ‘All processes’ rather than ‘My processes.’
Check on the list for the iTunes service. If the service is not running, then you need to reinstall iTunes. Now check back if your iPhone was detected or not. If did then great if not then keeping reading more alternative methods.
3. Uninstall iTunes
Uninstalling iTunes from the Mac is a simple process to follow. Search for Terminal in Spotlight and Terminal window will be available. In the window type the following commands step-by-step to force uninstall of iTunes.
- sudo rm- r iTunes.app
After the uninstall is complete, download the latest version of iTunes and install it. This is the ultimate method you can use to fix the issue. Ought to window users to follow the methods mentioned below?
1. Update the USB driver
Outdated or missing Apple mobile device USB driver can prevent iTunes from not detecting your iPhone. Updating the driver is the best way to fix this issue and can be done both manually and automatically.
Now, this method is for those who lack the time, patience or technical know-how to update the drivers manually. The key here is to use automated software like Driver Easy. Theses software usually have free trials, so it’s not even a monetary expense.
The process is quite minimal as all you need to do is to download and install the automated software. Now just run it and click on Scan Now, the software will scan the drivers for any issues. Finally, you have to click on Update in the free version to download the correct version of the flagged driver, and you can then manually install it. In the paid versions, you can click on Update All to fix all the drivers automatically.
This method needs quite a bit of patience and technical soundness but is easy enough to do if you follow the detailed steps.
Step 1: Disconnect your device from your computer.
Step 2: Reconnect it and if iTunes restarts then just close it.
Step 3: Open the Run command by pressing the Windows+R keys. Now, in the Run command window enter- Program Files and then go through these steps Common Files >> Apple >> Mobile Device Support and lastly click on Drivers.
Step 4: Install the file usbaapl64.inf or usbaapl.inf by right-clicking on it.
Step 5: Disconnect your device and restart your computer.
Open up iTunes now and see that you are good to go.
So, all these were the various methods by which the iPhone not showing in the iTunes problem can be fixed. A complete and comprehensive approach has been done in the article with the easiest to the most technical of methods being listed. Hopefully one of these methods did work out for you, and the problem vanished to let you join in the iTunes extravaganza.
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