How to Fix iOS Device Restore & Update Issue – iTunes Error 6

iTunes error 6 occurs when you are updating or restoring your iPhone/iPad/iPod, etc.? No worries, follow this article to learn 7 simple solutions to get out of iOS device restore and update issues with ease.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: Sep. 23, 2020

The iTunes error is a kind of alert message delivered by iTunes, which is usually composed of various single or mixed numbers. These numbers represent different errors and reasons which cause such problems. iTunes error 6 is a problem that often occurs when updating or restoring your iPhone, iPad as well as many other iOS devices.

There are many factors that may cause this error, including the interference of a third party security software, the problem of USB connection or corrupted .ipsw files (IPSW is a type of file genres used by iTunes to restore or update your iOS devices.) and so on.

Indeed, it is frustrating to see the error 6 message during the iOS updating and restoring process. However, this issue can be solved with ease. You just need to keep reading this article to get 8 effective solutions to fix the error 6 issue when restoring and updating your iPhone/iPad/iPod, etc.

Method 1. Check your USB Connection & Network

The connection status between your iOS devices and computer will have an impact on the updating and restoring iPhone, iPad, etc. process and finally cause the iTunes error warning.

Then if you have met the iOS restore and update issue, the first thing and the simplest way to solve the problem is to check the network and USB connection between your devices. You can use a different USB or Apple original cable to check whether the cable is working. Or you can connect your iPhone to iPad, etc. to check the USB port of your PC.

Anyway, the purpose is to check if there is anything wrong with the USB connection or network. If the USB cable, PC or device port or network is not working, you can restore or update your iOS device via a different computer or network to solve the error of iTunes.

Method 2. Restart your iOS devices/PC

Restarting or force restarting the devices is the most direct solution to fix bricked iPhone/iPad, iPhone stuck on a black screen as well as some other iOS problems.

Therefore, you can also give it a try when you encounter the error 6 problems during the iOS restoring and updating process.

Method 3. Disabling the Third-party Security Software

Sometimes, the third-party security software which is not produced by Apple may influence the connection between iTunes and Apple devices.

Therefore, under such conditions, iTunes may have the error 6 warning when you update and restore your iPhone.Then how to fix it? Actually, if you have installed other security software, you just need to disable it for a while before you update or restore your iOS device.

Method 4. Delete the IPSW Files

IPSW is the file that iTunes uses to restore and update the iOS devices. Therefore, if the .ipsw files are corrupted, iTunes will have problems during the updating and restoring process.

Therefore, from my point of view, I recommend you to delete, rename, or relocate the previous .ipsw files. After that, when you update or restore the iPhone, iPad, etc. iTunes will recreate the new .ipsw files automatically so as to successfully finish the upgrading and updating journey.

Method 5. Fix iTunes Error 6 with the Professional iTunes Troubleshooter

AnyFix—iOS System Recovery is a professional iTunes issues troubleshooter which embodies comprehensive functions. It can easily fix various kinds of iTunes errors like fix iTunes error 50, 10 and so on. In addition to all these, it also can fix iTunes connection and backup errors, iTunes can’t recognize iPhone, etc.

Meanwhile, as an effective iOS troubleshooter, it also can address the errors related to iPhone, iPad, iPod devices as well. With AnyFix, you can fix the iOS device restore and update issue with only several simple clicks. Now, download it and follow the below detailed guide to fix the iTunes error effectively.

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Step 1. Run AnyFix on your PC > select iTunes Repair option to start fixing iTunes error journey.

Click on iTunes Repair

Click on iTunes Repair

Step 2. Select iTunes Connection/Backup/Restore Errors option on the iTunes Repair interface > click Scan Now option.

Select the Error Type to Fix

Select the Error Type to Fix

Step 3. In this step, you don’t need to do anything instead of waiting for a while until the Repair Completed interface occurs.

Repair Completed Page

Repair Completed Page

Method 6. Reinstall or Update iTunes

Once you are updating or restoring your iPhone, iPad, iPod, etc. via the iTunes that is not the latest version, it also may be the reason why the error 6 warning occurs during the updating or restoring processes.

In order to fix this issue, you need to check whether the iTunes you are using is the latest one. If it isn’t, what you need to do is to find the latest iTunes available, then download and install the new one to address this error. If you are using the latest version, you can try to uninstall it and then reinstall it to have a try.

Method 7. Contact Apple Support

Contacting Apple support is the last straw to solve the iTunes error 6 when updating or restoring your iOS device. This way is a little bit troublesome for it is more time-wasting and energy-wasting.

You have to spend time asking for Apple’s online support or going to the Apple store for help. In addition, the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic still requires us to maintain social distance.

Therefore, in my view, if not necessary, we’d better try to solve this problem with the above-mentioned ways.

The Bottom Line

The above-mentioned are 7 simple and effective solutions to fix the iTunes errors that appear when updating or upgrading the iPhone/iPad/iPod as well as some other iOS devices. You are able to choose the solution that is most suitable and useful in line with your conditions.

Joy Taylor

Member of iMobie team as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS & Android related issues.