When you connect your iPhone or iPad to iTunes, different sorts of errors can crop up as you try to transfer data, update the firmware or just plain sync. What’s even worse is when you get the “iPhone cannot connect to iTunes” error.

There can be a lot of reasons why this happens. Sometimes it could be the cord that goes kaput or sometimes it’s because the drivers aren’t updated. We’ve built a few possible solutions that can fix the issue. Check them out:

iPhone Cannot Connect to iTunes

How to Fix iPhone (Or iPad) Cannot Connect to iTunes

Scenario 1: iPhone is connected to computer, your iPhone can be detected by iTunes, but you cannot sync data:

This could possibly be due to restrictions set in your iPhone.

Try this:

  • Go to Settings
  • Tap on General
  • Select Restrictions Disable Restrictions

How to Fix iPhone Cannot Connect to iTunes

Scenario 2: iPhone cannot be detected. You connect your iPhone, open iTunes but the iPhone doesn’t show up.

Possible solution:

Delete the file folders under the path: /var/mobile/Media/iTunes_Control and restart iTunes.

Also Read: How to Fix “iTunes’s Connection to the iPhone was Reset” Error

Scenario 3: Your computer cannot detect your iPhone, but other computers can detect your iPhone normally.

Try this:

Uninstall all the Apple-related software: (iTunes, QuickTime, Apple Application Support, Apple Mobile Device Support, Apple Software Update and Bonjour)

Then, reinstall iTunes.

Scenario 4: iTunes can’t detect iPhone and you’re using a Windows 7 machine.


  • Open C:Windows and search for USBAAPL.SYS file.
  • Right click the file and choose “Open File Location“, then copy all the files to a new file folder.
  • OpenDevice Manager, look for Apple iPhone from under Portable devices, and right click to choose Update Driver Software.

Or try this:

  • Quit iTunes and disconnect iPhone from the computer.
  • Uninstall iTunes
  • Check C:Program FilesCommon FilesApplefile folder. If the file folder exists, delete it.
  • Check C:UsernameUserAppDataLocalApple and Apple Computerand C:UsernameUserAppDataLocalLowApple and Apple Computerfile folders. If the file folders exist, delete them.
  • Check C:UsernameUserMy MusiciTunesfile folder. If the file folder exists, delete it.
  • Restart your computer after above steps, launch iTunes set up file to reinstall.
  • Launch iTunes and connect iPhone to your computer via USB cable.
  • See if iTunes could detect your iPhone normally or not. All done.

Or, if that doesn’t work:

  • Right click My Computer → Properties → Device Manager.
  • Right click AppleMobile DeviceUSB Drive → Update Driver Software, then browse to the path: C:Program FilesCommon FilesAppleMobile DeviceSupportDrivers to make sure the software is updated.
  • Restart computer and connect iPhone to your computer via USB cable, then open iTunes to see if iPhone is detected or not.

Here are some common and general issues which restrict connecting your iPhone to iTunes:

  • The USB port may simply not be working. Try connecting to a different USB port to see if iTunes recognizes your device.
  • Check each connection to make sure the cable is fully plugged in to your device and into the computer.
  • Restart your device: try connecting again.
  • Restart your computer: Restart your Mac or PC computer and try connecting again. This resets the USB ports and can sometimes solve problems.
  • Make sure you are using the latest version of iTunes: An outdated version of iTunes can cause problems with devices using the current version of iOS.
  • Make sure your desktop computer is using a compatible OS: The Mac version of iTunes requires OSX 10.5.8 or later. The Windows version of iTunes requires Windows 7, Vista, or XP with Service Pack 2 or later.
  • Most importantly, try out with different cables too. A faulty / third-party cable might charge the iPhone but prevent it from performing data transfer.

  • Shelia

    None of the above worked for me, but here’s what did.. Settings-general-reset-reset network settings. Fixed it immediately.

    • Prashant

      You are awesome… I was lucky to read your comment. Nothing that is mentioned above worked but your simple step worked like a charm… Thanks again.

    • sing

      same here, thanks. u r awesome.

  • Handydagger

    non of above works all of them
    basically itune can’t find iphone in windows 10 while windows can find it fine