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Everybody wants smooth sailing in whatever activity they undertake; whether it is a love affair, a business project, a small task in office, a household chore or a download on your iPhone or iPad.

While every other situation can be tackled with your discretion or judgement, but an interruption in download on a mobile phone can actually test the patience of anybody who has got a cool temper. And every smartphone user must have experienced this irksome situation.

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Unable to Download Item on iPhone

Of late, iPhone users have experienced a strange situation. In fact, it can be called an error as the users have encountered a message, “Unable to Download Item. Please try again later.” What surprises any user is that the message doesn't pop up during any download or upload process; on the contrary, such message pesters them randomly.

Unable to Download Item on iPhone: How to Fix This Issue

If any user had faced such an issue while downloading something, they could easily get rid of this situation by checking their network connection and try again. It is understandable that such message repeatedly pops up if you tap on “Retry” during the download interruption. But now, if you see this “Unable to Download” error message randomly, you can follow the steps:

Step #1: Swipe up Control Center and enable AirPlane mode.

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Enable AirPlane Mode on iPhone from Control CenterStep #2: Then, tap on the “Done” to get rid of the error.

Tap on Done to Download Item on iPhoneStep #3: Disable AirPlane mode after 15 odd seconds.

Disable AirPlane Mode on iPhone from Control Center

The above steps should be enough to discontinue that error message, and most probably, you won't see the error again.

The blogosphere has also listed other solutions to this error: Unable to Download Item in iOS. Experts connect this problem with iTunes Match, iBooks or the iOS Automatic Updates feature that downloads apps, music, and media. Even after turning off this feature, the error may persist. Hence, the blogosphere has pushed this into the bug zone, where iOS developers will take care of it.

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By the time, if you can find another solution, let us know in comments below.

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  • airforceaggie

    how can you swipe to it? the iphone won’t let you do that with the popup there.

    • Don

      Press the on/off//sleep/wake button, bottom swipe will be available to enable airplane mode before you unlock, message will be waiting afterwards.

      • airforceaggie

        ok, thank you. I’ll give it a try