Q: How to fix error 53 on iTunes?
"My iPhone 6+ won't restore and iTunes sent me error 53 in the middle of the restoration." -- From Apple Forum
Many users have reported that they received a message about error 53 from iTunes when they are upgrading or restoring iPhone with iTunes on Windows or Mac computer. Usually, when you get a message from iTunes, which is stating like "The iPhone XXX could not be restored. An unknown error occurred(53).", you can't continue to update or restore iPhone anymore. And you need to resolve the error 53 at first if you want to upgrade or restore iPhone again. So how to fix iPhone error 53 or iTunes error 53?
Why Does My iPhone Have Error 53?
Generally speaking, the iPhone error 53 usually happens on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, especially after the release of iOS 9. And the iPhone error 53 can be caused by any of following reasons:
- iPhone has been replaced with a damaged Home button or with an unoriginal part like Home button cable;
- iPhone's Home button cable has been unintentional torn when repairing, or iPhone gets other damage to the fingerprint scanner;
- The debris blocks the connection of the fingerprint scanner.
In order to fix iPhone error 53 without data lost or any damage to iPhone, it is highly recommended to use a professional iPhone recovery tool - iOS System Recovery to fix iPhone error 53 or iTunes error 53.
This tool specializes in fixing all kinds of iPhone errors related iOS system, such as iPhone error 56, iPhone gets stuck in recovery mode, iPhone is stuck in black/blue/red/white screen, iPhone shows Apple logo and etc. What's more, all generations of iOS device are supported by this program, including the iPhone X/8 Plus/8/7/7 Plus/6s/6s Plus/5s/SE, iPad mini, iPod touch and etc.
Below are the free trials of the software in Mac and Windows version, you can download it on your computer for free and get your iPhone back to normal with the guide as below.
Here is how to fix iPhone error 53 with iOS System Recovery tool:
Step 1. Connect iPhone to computer
Download and install the right version of the software on your Windows PC or Mac computer, then launch it and get a USB cable to connect iPhone and computer. Then please switch to "More tool" > "iOS System Recovery" under the main interface.
Step 2. Detect iPhone's problem
After choosing the mode, the program will automatically detect and show the possible problem of your iPhone may have, like iPhone error 53, Screenshot Not Working, Stuck at Apple logo, Recovery mode and etc. Please hit the "Start" button to move to next step.
Step 3. Start to fix iPhone error 53
Finally, you will be required to confirm the iPhone information as prompted. If the the information is right, please hit the "Repair" button to begin fixing iPhone Error 53. If it is not correct, just select the right one and hit the "Repair" button to start repairing.
To fix iPhone error 53, the program will download the latest firmware version on your iPhone after detecting the current iOS version of iPhone.
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There is another way to fix iPhone error 53, which is to update iPhone with iTunes. However, it might be a little bit complex for most people. And you need to download the IPSW file at first to upgrade iPhone and IPSW file is a raw iOS firmware for updating iOS device. Here is the guide for you to fix iPhone error 53 by updating iOS.
Step 1. Download the IPSW file on your computer. Please be sure to download the right file for your iPhone model.
Step 2. Get a USB cable to connect iPhone to computer and launch iTunes. Then iTunes will automatically detect your iPhone. Visit Summary section on iTunes, then:
For Windows PC users, please hold the Shift key on the keyboard and click the Update button on iTunes interface at the same time.
For Mac users, please simultaneously hold the Alt and Command keys and click the Update button on iTunes.
Step 3. Then iTunes will bring out a pop-up window where you should search the IPSW file you have downloaded and saved. After choosing the IPSW file, click Open option to load it and follow the screen prompt to update your iPhone with the IPSW file. Then the Error 53 issue can be fixed after upgrading.
See Also: iPhone Won't Update? Here's How to Fix!
Sometimes an outdated iTunes version can also cause some iTunes errors or iPhone errors, like iPhone error 53. So to get rid of iPhone error 53, you can try to upgrade iTunes version, which can resolve many little iTunes errors.
There are two ways for you to get a latest iTunes:
1. If you have not downloaded iTunes yet, you can directly download the latest version of iTunes from Apple official website.
2. If you have iTunes, you can check your iTunes version and update iTunes to the latest version from iTunes. To do so, you can go to iTunes main interface and visit "Help" > "Check for Updates" to get the latest version of iTunes.