How to Fix iTunes Error 4014/4013 and Upgrade Your iPhone Successfully

iPhone users occasionally run into a strange error – the 9, 4005, 4014 / 4013 – that prevents you from upgrading to latest iOS version via iTunes. Barring OTA updates, any update that is done through iTunes runs the risk of several errors and one of them, the 4013/4014, is our concern here.

Put simply, the error is hardware related, but like all things digital, you don’t really get to fix this one without your share of head-banging. There are a variety of solutions that worked for various people. What we try here is to make sure you don’t go about trying them randomly but in an ordered way. That makes it easier to fix.

Before You Start

As always:

  • Use the latest version of iTunes
  • Make sure the iPhone has enough space to bring in a new update. A gig or more is recommended
  • Also, make sure the iPhone is not low on battery
  • Update your Mac or PC, if there is an update available for it

How to Fix iTunes Error 9, 4005, 4014/4013

The Real Problem

Error, 9, 4005, 4013 or 4014 could be due to certain reasons like faulty cable/port or poor Wi-Fi network. On the surface, your iPhone connects to the computer, iTunes recognizes the device but somewhere down the line, iTunes thinks that the cable is not really that good or suddenly Wi-Fi starts ill-functioning. Even your computer may turn out to be the real villain.

Solution #1: Reboot your iPhone

  • Disconnect your iPhone from the computer and reboot it. To do so, just press and hold the Home button and sleep/wake button at once for about ten seconds. On 7 and 7 Plus, press and hold the volume down button and sleep/wake at once
  • Once your iPhone has restarted, connect it to the computer again. And try to Update/Restore it as usual

Solution #2: Check Out the Faulty Cable/Port

  • Check out the faulty cable and port as they could be causing trouble as well. Try a different cable and use another port

Solution #3. Is Wi-Fi Network Working Properly?

  • If Wi-Fi is not working properly or it’s poor, the update process may get disconnected and therefore you will get the error message. Hence, make sure that you have a proper Wi-Fi connection
  • Disconnect Wi-Fi both on your computer and iPhone and try to connect them to the network after some time
  • Give another network a try as well; if it’s there

Solution #4: dr.fone – Repair

When you’re dealing with an iPhone, you should make sure to use only the most reliable recovery methods. As such, dr.fone – Repair is advisable because it’s an application rolled out by Wondershare technology, a reliable company that has even received critical acclaim from Forbes magazine. Most importantly, you can use it to fix the error 4013 without losing your data!

How to Fix iPhone Error 4013 with dr.fone – iOS System Recovery

Step #1. Launch dr.fone and select Repair.”

Click on Repair in dr.fone Software

Step #2. Connect your iPhone to Mac and click on “Start.”

Connect iPhone to PC or Mac and Click Start in Dr.Fone Software

Step #3. In the next window, you’ll find all your iPhone’s details including the model, version, etc. Simply click on “Next.”

Click on Next Under Your Device in dr.fone Software

Step #4. You need to boot your iPhone by entering DFU Mode.

  • Press the Power and Home buttons simultaneously
  • After 10 seconds, release the Power button but not the Home button
  • Keep pressing the Home button till dr.fone informs you that you’ve entered DFU mode

Put Your iPhone into DFU Mode

Step #5. In the next window, select your iPhone model and allow dr.fone to select the latest firmware for download.

Click on Download in Dr.Fone Software on Mac or Windows PCDownload Latest Firmware using dr.fone Software

Step #6. After the firmware has been downloaded, click on “Fix Now” so that dr.fone can start repairing your iPhone.

Fix iTunes Error 4014 using dr.fone Software

Step #7. Now it will proceed to fix the iPhone Error 4013. After it’s done, you can restart the iPhone and use it normally.

Fix iTunes Error 4014 using Dr.Fone Software

This simple 5 pronged process will ensure that your iPhone isn’t just fixed from the iTunes error 4013 problem, but it’s also upgraded properly. And, don’t worry, your data is safe and intact.

Solution #5: Clean Up Your iPhone

  • The error may appear due to lack of storage on your iPhone to accommodate the update. Hence, clean it up
  • Follow this complete guide to retrieve plenty of storage without needing to delete photos and apps

Solution #6: Restart Your Computer, Reset Your iPhone

  • If the first two solutions don’t help you in fixing the trouble, restart your computer and reset all settings on your iPhone

(Settings → General → Reset →Reset All Settings.)

If Everything Else Fails…

If all the tricks mentioned above don’t help you in fixing the error, then you must contact Apple. The tech giant will take care of the issue and offer a better solution to it.

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Dhvanesh Adhiya
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  1. hi. i done fix my iphone 5
    1) push home button together with sleep button
    2) open your iphone body
    3) take out battery cable
    4) take out top cable connected between screen and body(right side cable) total 3 cable connected between screen and body
    5) put back battery cable
    6) try to close screen cover but don’t push to fix it
    7) push home button and same time connect cable to itunes and your phone. dont release push button
    8) restore your iphone to new device
    9) after installation connected itunes from your phone
    10) reconnect battery cable
    11) connect back screen cable
    12) connect back battery cable
    13) try to turn on your devise (push sleep button)
    normally it working and you can back up all your memory using itunes.

  2. I also had this issue with my iPad, error 9 then 4013, I charged my iPad for 10 minutes then tried again and the restore worked. I think the iPad had got too low on power during the restore and was not getting enough power from the computer.

  3. I have an iPad which I cannot turn on anymore. Everytime I’m plugging it to iTunes, I have an 4013 error. I cannot do an update, neither a restore. Everytime I got the same error and I’m about to giving it up. I’ve try everything: changing the USP port, changing the USB cable, open it on recovery mode, unplugged all my stuff on my computer and more and nothing solve the problem. What should I do now? Thanks.

  4. Have the same with my Iphone 4. Getting 4014 all the time, and it is in DFU mode, Itunes told me that is. Changed from one USB port to another 8 times, yes i have 8 different ports, still no go. Connected to my mac, same problem there both usb ports. Connected to my other desktop with same ammount of ports there, still same thing, and last test i did was on my old vista computer, and got the same thing there, error 4014 all over the line. Brand new usb cable, still no go, and all itunes are up to date, so, what can be the problem then? Tried everything listed from A to Z, nothing helps, so i might take to a apple store and let them have a look as a last resort for this iphone, but i doubt its worth it…

  5. hello guys. i updated from ios 7 to 8 but while updating my mbl completed turned off, and it shows only port to itunes img. i tried to update and restore from itunes then but got 4013 error. i changed cable (bought orignal one) and changed the port too. but still get the same error. i can not disable front camer or turn to dfu mode whatever u ppl are saying as my ipone 4s is completed shut down.. please tell me what to do .

  6. My iPhone 5s just `quit this morning. I tried to restore from iTunes, (latest version), but got the message for error 4014. I have tried searching for solutions, but most seem only about iPhone 4s or error 4013. tried some of those fixes, but now while connected to iTunes and in restore all I get is the apple logo flickering and the error message 4004. any ideas?

  7. Today I had the 4013 error with my iPhone 5 while I was trying to update to 8.02, after a hole day troubleshooting I solved the problem. The front camera and sensor cable caused the trouble. I disconnected the front camera and finished the update successfully. Before the update the camera was still working after the update I tried connecting it again, but the device would’d start.

  8. Hi guys, Today had also the 1013 and 1005 error, finally i’ve solved it. My front camera assembly was damaged. I disonnected the frond camera and everything was OK again! I will get me a new front camera.

  9. Hi guys, I bought a new iPhone5s, it fell a few days after purchase, and I went to replace the damaged screen. Few hours after I got the phone back, it tripped off, and won’t come on again. Right now, it only comes up when plugged to a power source or PC, and will dosplay the ‘USB connected to iTunes’ graphic. I have tried restoring the OS severally, but I keep getting the error code 4013. The technicians I gave it to have not been able to fix it. Please help

  10. Try this —–>

    For those who suffer from this nasty problem (error 4014), just put your device in DFU mode, then remove and reinstall the driver by going to Device manager–>Universal Serial Bus–>Apple Mobile Device USB Driver. After that try again the restore process, it should work, at least it did for me ;)

  11. Hi guys I am a cellphone technician at a shop. I had this same issue with a customers Iphone 5. The solution I found was that you have to change the proximity/front camera flex. Once I did that I restored it through iTunes and everything worked perfectly.

    • Thank you very much. This idea helped me. To test, just remove the front camera flex camera and do a restore. The restore should go smoothly. After that, reinsert the flex cable and do a power cycle. If the phone boots up normally, then good. If not, power off and change out the flex cable.

    • Hi Ahmed, please I need your advice being that you’re a cell phone technician. I bought a new iPhone5s gold, it fell a few days after purchase, and I went to replace the damaged screen. Few hours after I got the phone back, it tripped off, and won’t come on again. Right now, it only comes up when plugged to a power source or PC, and will dosplay the ‘USB connected to iTunes’ graphic. I have tried restoring the OS severally, but I keep getting the error code 4013. The technicians I gave it to have not been able to fix it. Please help

    • Ahmed, my hero ;-)
      – iStore could do nothing
      – Phone repair shop could do nothing

      I ordered a special iPhone screwdriver and took my own dive into the phones internals.
      It did not work right away, but I disconnected some cables after following a Youtube video manual and tried iTunes restore a few times at each cable I disconnected.

      At the and it still did not fix my issue…. untill I decided to RE-connect everything and close the phone. I tried one last time with iTunes and YES, the thing was finally able to get through the boot sequence and succesfully restore my iPhone 4s.

      – iPhone 4s kept rebooting and could not start
      – iTunes threw different errors at me and all pointed towards hardware errors
      – I was able to get the phone in and out DFU and Recovery mode, but could not restore. Error 4013 kept appearing.

      At the end…. had already bought a new iPhone 6, a screwdriver, a 45 minute consult and spend about 25 hours on troubleshooting. The phone was ready to throw away when I brought it back to live. Thanks Ahmed for this golden hint in the right direction ;-)

  12. I had the same problem: error 4013 on iPhone 4s. I had a second iPhone 4s in the house and the update went perfect, all the way with the same cables. After that, I’ve exchanged the motherboards in the iPhone’s and the error went to the other phone. So… In mine case is the cables inside the iPhone. (charging dock, power mutton, antenna and lcd/digitizzer) dont know exactly but I have a guess is the charging dock and flex cable. I’ll let you know after more trials.

    • ops…. it wasn’t the flex charging cable, nor the lcd/digitizzer . The problem that it was giving me error 4013 was the (Proximity Light Sensor Flex Cable Power Button for iPhone 4s).
      is the shortest flex cable on the top of the iphone after you open it. just turn off the iphone and lift the 3 flex cables from under the rear camera and reconnect them with the exception of the shortest one.
      start the iphone and the power button wont work anymore but the error should be gone. Hope it helps.

  13. Hi guys! I resolved the problem.
    I work at repair service for smartphone…. we had that problem with iPhone 5 same error 4013.
    we tried original cable, several computer… everything!
    But then I decided to replace the charging connector flex cable (I thought maybe the connection problem can come from there too-and it did!!) and that help!
    So if you tried everything and it didn’t help – try this.
    send it to repair service and ask them to do that!
    I must say I only tried it once so I can’t guarantee anything.
    Please please I would be happy to hear from you guys if you tried it, work or didn’t.
    just let me know and everybody else..

  14. after almost completing a restore I was given an error 37 message, then my phone went into DFU mode. Now when I restore I get 4014 and I cant get out of DFU, Before this happened I was getting error 20, I managed to restore the phone after changing the battery. However after a blackout the computer turned off and the iphone with it, causing it to go back into recovery mode. any idea? id feel a bit easier if I could at least get it out of DFU.

  15. in any way trying all those suggested things still I am facing problem. only mistake I did, I tried to update the latest IO7 update. my phone is iPhone 4S and again and again I am getting error 4013 or 4005. I think this problem is created by APPLE. can you help me. with the same computer, itune and cable iPhone 5 is not facing any problem only iPhone 4S is suffering. I find so many people is facing same problem, that can be seen on internet

  16. Have tried almost everything – downloaded new version of itunes (twice), restarted computer, used two different cables (not sure if either of them are the original one…), used different ports and about to try another computer in the hope that error 4013 will disappear. I have tried custom 7.0.2 updating but even just the normal restore (at this stage i don’t give a flip about data, i’ve been 28 hours without a working phone) gives error 4013 every single time…obviously i’m updating from the expired beta…

  17. Hello there,Please i am having a similar problem,First off i’m not very good with technical stuff.My friend helped me jailbreak my iPhone 4s last year,I was going to update to the new iOS 7 when my phone suddenly displayed the connect too iTunes screen,Ive been stuck here for weeks and I’ve got all my contacts on this phone.I’ve tried restoring with my mac but when it’s done downloading,it gives an error message ‘device not eligible for update’..Im using the latest iTunes but i’m not sure about my cord though,Got couple of cuts here and there,But charges the phone fine.Please note that i can’t do anything and i’m stuck on the connect to iTunes screen.

  18. Need help stuck on restore mode , i dont care if anything delets i tried everything jailbreaking it wouldnt even work. im goo with phones so i’ll understand please help

  19. Didn’t solve anything to me. I’ve tried all iMac usb ports and switched the cable but it stil get’s me the same error. If i’m running TinyUmbrella it gives me 4014; if i’m not, 3194.

      • Yep. Tried in Win7 and OS X 10.8.5. I’ve got all kinds of errors.. gor 11, 4014, 3191, 1600 and probably a few others that i can’t remember. I got stucked in apple logo loop after installing a Winterboard theme and now it won’t boot (even if i try safe mode) and apparently won’t restore either. I’ve tried restoring it to 6.1.3, 6.0, 6.0.1 and 5.1.1 .. no luck.

        • If you’re okay with data loss (or if you’ve got a backup already), you could try a recovery mode restore. And I think you’re running into errors because you’re trying to restore to a custom IPSW file.

          A recovery mode full restore might work? Hold down power and home till the screen goes blank. Then, connect the iPhone to iTunes. Don’t do a custom restore. Just let iTunes restore completely to the latest iOS version. At least, you get your iPhone back into working shape again. Really hope this solution works for you.

          • I don’t really care about data loss.. i have it all backed up in my external hdd or in cloud services, but… Unfortunately, if i do that i’ll lose my unlock that has been hold by my baseband in the past two years. And i can’t even get it factory unlocked (imei) due to the fact that the online services that provide such service, can’t unlock the factory carrier of my iphone (TMN) and the company won’t do it either.

          • Uh oh. Looks like you’re in a serious fix here. I’m afraid that the error throws up because in the latest iTunes version, Apple seems to block custom IPSW restores. And TinyUmbrella is not a way out. We’ll look for solutions in the meanwhile.. Sorry we couldn’t be of any more help here but we’re trying … hope we find something soon and let you know :)

          • Don’t worry. ;) Also, I just managed to do a restore to 5.1.1 using redsn0w.. is far from what i wanted but a least it’s working for now. And as soon as apple released iOS 7 and the new iTunes i knew that i’d be screwed if i needed to do a restore or something like that..

          • You had your SHSH blob file?
            When I tried to restore from redsnow it is asking for the lob file which i dont have.
            I am facing exactly same problem as you faced.


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