How to Fix iTunes Not Opening on PC/Mac

Want to know why iTunes won’t open on Windows or Mac? Here in this guide, you will get some ways and find the best one to solve iTunes not opening.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: Jul. 30, 2020

Ever since the latest updated to iTunes, the program will not open on my desktop computer unless I restart my computer. Any ideas??? Windows 10.

—— User from Apple Community

There’re many questions reported that people can’t launch iTunes just as the user mentioned after updated. They have tried to update iTunes, uninstall and re-download it but no use. Then, why would iTunes not open after the update? We found that this issue could happen because the program was interrupted, some system problems happened or others.

Here in this post, we will introduce some solutions, trying to find what is the problem and get iTunes to launch normally.

Solution 1. Fix Many iTunes Errors with iTunes Repair Tool

Firstly, we wound like to recommend you the best solution – AnyFix. It is a powerful system repair tool, which can fix 200+ iTunes errors easily, including iTunes won’t open.

Besides, if you encountered iPhone won’t update on iTunes, iTunes could not connect to this iPhone, etc, AnyFix can always get your iTunes back to normal. What’s more, it can help iOS/iPadOS/tvOS users to fix 130+ system issues since it was designed to be a one-stop solution to Apple devices.

Now, you can easily get the latest version of AnyFix and the step-by-step guide to fix iTunes not opening.

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Step 1: Launch AnyFix and click iTunes Repair from the interface below.

Tap on iTunes Repair from Homepage

Tap on iTunes Repair from Homepage

Step 2: Select Other iTunes Errors. Here you will see the list that AnyFix can fix.

Select Other iTunes Errors

Select Other iTunes Errors

Step 3: Then, the analyzing process will begin. After finished, iTunes component errors will be detected. Then click Fix Now button.

iTunes Component Errors will be Detected

iTunes Component Errors will be Detected

Step 4: Before repairing, you need to click OK button to give AnyFix permission when a prompt to instruct you to authorize AnyFix the administrator rights.

Step 5: Then, the repairing process will begin. Wait for a while and repair will be completed.

Solution 2. Run as Administrator

This way may fix certain launch issues. Some users found that they had to use this method every time and modified the shortcut accordingly. There are two ways you can try to do it.

  • Way 1: Right-click on the shortcut of iTunes > Click on Run as administrator.
Right Click and Run as Administrator

Right Click and Run as Administrator

  • Way 2: Right-click on the shortcut of iTunes > Click on Properties > Locate the Shortcut panel and tap on Advanced button > Check Run as administrator> Click OK then Apply.

    Choose Run as Administrator and Apply

    Choose Run as Administrator and Apply

This option allows you to run iTunes shortcut as an administrator while protecting your computer from unauthorized activity. This means, if your computer is unauthorized, iTunes won’t open.

Solution 3. Start iTunes in Safe Mode (Windows and Mac)

Safe mode can help you find what the possible problem is. Just follow the simple steps below to find the problem on Windows PC or Mac. Then get to fix accordingly.

For Windows PC:

  1. Pressing Ctrl + Shift when you launching iTunes
  2. A window pops up and says “iTunes is running in safe mode”, just click Continue.
iTunes is Running in Safe Mode on Windows

iTunes is Running in Safe Mode on Windows

For Mac:

  1. Holding down Command + Option when launching iTunes.
  2. You will see a pop-up message the same as Windows PC, just click Continue.
Pressing Command and Option Keys for Mac

Pressing Command and Option Keys for Mac

If iTunes launches smoothly in the above safe mode, the problems may be caused by external plugins on your computer. So you can remove them and then try launching iTunes again normally.

Solution 4. Repair iTunes on Windows 10

Repair iTunes can help you replace damaged or missing files. If your iTunes won’t open because of it, this way should work. And the app’s data won’t be affected during this way. Now first delete the iTunes shortcuts from the Start menu, desktop, task bar, or similar, then follow the steps below to try.

1. Open Settings > Choose Apps > Locate Apps & features > Search iTunes and tap on Modify.

Locate Apps & Features and Find iTunes

Locate Apps & Features and Find iTunes

2. Choose Repair on a pop-up window > Click Next to continue.

Choose Repair and Tap Next

Choose Repair and Tap Next

3. Then iTunes will be quickly installed and click Finish button > Launch iTunes again normally.

If it didn’t work, you can also try to remove and re-install it. Then the app will be re-installed and revert to its default settings.

Other Tips you can Try

  • Make sure your firewall allows iTunes to connect to the Internet.
  • Or temporarily disable any non-Microsoft anti-virus and see if iTunes works.

The Bottom Line

That’s all for how to find the reasons why iTunes won’t open on your computer. You can try the solutions as you need. And AnyFix is a complete repair tool that can help you fix iTunes errors with ease. Hope it can work for you. If you got any questions, leave your comments below and share your ideas with us!

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.