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iPhone Not Showing up in Finder on Mac? How to Fix the Issue

First things, there could be multiple reasons why your iPhone or iPad might not appear on your Mac finder. But this could well prove to be a go-to hack for fixing this issue!

With iTunes gone in macOS Catalina, Finder has assumed the role of a full-time iPhone manager. Though the versatile file manager does most of the tasks reliably, it’s not infallible just like any software. The other day, my iPhone was not showing up in Finder on Mac. Even after trusting the computer, the iOS device was nowhere to be seen. After a bit of digging, I found a simple but slightly hidden trick that eventually saved my day. If you have run into the same problem, you shouldn’t fail to try it out!

How to Fix iPhone Not Showing up on Mac Finder Issue

Make Sure to ‘Enable CDs, DVDs, and iOS Devices’ Option

Generally, when you connect your iPhone or iPad to Mac and open Finder, the device shows up in the sidebar under the Location section. But just in case, it’s missing from there, be sure to enable “CDs, DVDs, and iOS Devices” option.

  • To get it done, all you need to do is click on the Finder menu at the top left of the screen (of course in the Finder app) and choose Preferences

Click on Preferences in Finder on Mac

  • Next, select the Sidebar tab. After that, ensure that the box to the left of the “CDs, DVs, and iOS devices” is checked off

Select Sidebar tab in Preferences on MacChecked off all CDs DVs and iOS devices on MacSide Note: If your device is connected to the Mac, it should now begin to show up straight away.

  • Next up, quit Finder. Disconnect your device from the computer. Restart both your Mac and iPhone ⟶ Connect your iOS device to the computer again and launch Finder

Voila! Your iPhone should (most probably) show up on your Mac Finder. Now, go ahead and restore, back up or sync your device as usual.

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Make Sure to Check the USB Connection

If your iOS device is still not appearing in the Finder, there could be USB connection issue. So, make sure to check it out.

Step #1. First off, connect your iOS device to your Mac using a compatible USB cable.

Step #2. Now, you need to hold down the Option key on your Mac and click on the Apple menu.

Step #3. Next, click on System Information/Report.

Click on System Information Report in Apple menu on MacStep #4. Next up, choose the USB option in the left sidebar.

Choose the USB option in System Information on MacUnder USB Device Tree, you should see your iPhone or iPad. If it doesn’t show up here, there could very well be a connection issue. Try using another cable. Also, try to plug in the cable in another port.

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Update Both Your Mac and iPhone/iPad

If your devices are still stuck with outdated software, make sure to update them. On your iOS device, navigate to SettingsGeneralSoftware Update and then download and install the latest iOS update. On your Mac, go to System PreferencesSoftware Update and then upgrade to the latest macOS version.

Got the Better of the Problem?

More often than not, the above tricks should fix this iOS device not appearing in the Finder problem. I can vouch for them because they have clicked for me. So, I’m bullish about their effectiveness.

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So, which tricks helped you overcome the problem?

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