6 Tips to Fix iTunes Won’t Sync to iPhone

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iTunes Won't Sync with iPhone, How to Fix It?

iTunes won't sync with iPhone? You might have checked the songs, photos or videos on iTunes to sync to iPhone, even all the syncing option like "Entire music library" has been checked on iTunes, however, iTunes still refuses to sync with iPhone. This might make you very frustrated. So this article here is going to show you how to fix iTunes won't sync with iPhone to solve your problem.

The main reason that iTunes won't sync data to iPhone is that iTunes can't recognize iPhone. So to fix iTunes won't transfer contents to iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, you can try to make iTunes identify the connected iPhone. To do so, you can refer to the following tips to resolve the issue.

Tip 1. Update iTunes to A Latest Version

Tip 2. Reboot iTunes and Perform Manual Sync

Tip 3. Re-Authorize Computer with iTunes

Tip 4. Reboot iOS Device and Computer

Tip 5. Try A Different USB cable and USB Port

Tip 6. Reset and Restore iOS Device

Tip 1. Update iTunes to A Latest Version

Before fixing iTunes won't sync to iPhone issue, you can try to get a updated iTunes at first. Sometimes running an outdated may cause some little problems, like syncing error, which should be a reminder by Apple that you need to update your iTunes.

If you have not downloaded an iTunes app on your computer, you can download and directly get a latest iTunes from Apple official website here.

If you have an iTunes on your computer, you can check if you are running a latest iTunes and get a latest iTunes by going to Help > Check for Updates.

update itunes version

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Tip 2. Reboot iTunes and Perform Manual Sync

Usually you can get iTunes back to normal by restarting the iTunes app. So just exit iTunes and relaunch iTunes manually at first.

iTunes Syncing Works but No Music/Movies/Photos Transferring over to iPhone/iPad/iPod touch?

If the syncing feature works in iTunes, but contents like songs, apps, and videos cannot move to iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, you might check the following:

* On the “Summary” section, check if the "Manually manage music and videos" option is enabled. If yes, turn off it and then turn on it, then perform a force manual syncing by manually dragging a song or movie over to the iOS device.

* Under "Music", "Movies", "Photos", "TV Shows" and other related tabs, make sure you have checked and enabled the features like "Sync Music", "Sync Movies" and etc.

* Try checking and then unchecking the related boxes, and click the "Sync" option again.

manually manage itunes syncing

It is suggested to perform the manually syncing instead of automatic syncing when you need to sync your iOS with iTunes, so that you can be clearly aware what syncing features you have enabled and what contents you have synced your iPhone with iTunes.

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Tip 3. Re-Authorize Computer with iTunes

If syncing fails, iTunes sync button is gray and not available at all, or if you try to sync but nothing copys over to iOS device, you might need to authorize the computer with iTunes.

Here is how to authorize the computer with iTunes:

<1> Launch iTunes and get a USB cable to connect computer with iPhone, iPad or iPod touch;

<2> On top of iTunes window, go to Store > Deauthorize This Computer;

<3> Return to Store menu, select Authorize This Computer option;

<4> Fill in the information with Apple ID and passcodes, then select Authorize option to finish the process.

authorize computer with itunes

Finishing the iTunes authorization on this computer, you are able to transfer or sync the media files like movies, music, photos and etc. that you have purchased over to your iPhone, iPad or iPod device.

Tip 4. Reboot iOS Device and Computer

For an iPhone, iPad and iPod device, you can hard restart your iOS device simply by holding the Power button and Home button at the same time till the iDevice restarts. Usually when iOS device is not behaving properly, you can do a force reboot to get it back to normal. When iOS device has been restarted, you might try to sync with iTunes again.

For a computer, you can reboot your computer by clicking Start on the bottom of desktop, and hit the triangel to bring out more options, then just click Restart option.

restart computer

Tip 5. Try A Different USB cable and USB Port

If iTunes can not recognize your device, sometimes it is because that the USB port or USB cable that you have used goes bad. This will make iTunes not sync with your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch as well.

So you need to change the other USB ports at first to see if it works. If not, then try another USB cable. And please make sure the USB cable is not broken and is suitable for your device.

Tip 6. Reset and Restore iOS Device

After trying all the above methods, if you still have the problem that iTunes cannot sync with iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, you might try resetting and restoring iOS device to fix this issue. Now, please follow the 3 steps to fix your problem.

Step 1. Make a new backup of your iOS device, either to iTunes or to iCloud.

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Step 2. When the backup process is finished, you might factory reset your iOS device to erase everything on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch for restoring iOS device later. To do so, turn on your device and go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings.

factory reset iphone

Step 3. After factory resetting, your iOS device will be rebooted. Then you might follow the screen to set up your device. Just select the options of Restore from iCloud Backup or Restore from iTunes Backup, which should be the backup you have created just now. Then just select the latest backup to restore your device.

restore ios device from icloud or itunes backup

After restoring your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, your device will be reboot automatically. After that, you might try to sync your device with iTunes again.

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