5 Solutions for iTunes Error 1649

iTunes errors usually happen when you are trying to use iTunes to update or restore your iPhone or iPad on computer. And the problem appears a lot. Here come 5 solutions for iTunes error 1649. Head to have a check.

By iMobie | Posted on: Sep. 25, 2018, Last Updated: Sep. 25, 2018

Actually, iTunes error is more common to happen than you think. If while you are trying to update or restore device on computer, the iTunes error code appears, for example, iTunes error 1649; and then an update error or failed restore might happen. That would be terrible. To help you out, we post the article to offer 5 solutions for iTunes error 1649. Check for further details.

How to Fix iTunes Error 1649

Below are the basic fixes for iTunes error 1649, with which your problem can be resolved.

Solution 1: Restart Computer and iPhone/iPad

For iPhone 8 or earlier, or iPad, press and hold the Top (or Side) button until the slider appears. For iPhone X/XS (Max)/XR, you need to press and hold the Side button and either volume button until the slider appears on screen.

Solution 2: Change Another USB Cable

Try a different USB cable to connect your device to computer. Make sure it is an Apple-supplied one.

Solution 3: Try a Different USB Port

Try another USB port. Make sure your device is connected directly to your computer’s USB port, instead of a third-party battery pack or case, a USB hub, or to your keyboard.

Solution 4: Update iTunes to the Latest Version

The regular software update is always helpful for bugs’ fix or performance improvement.

For Mac users, go to App Store > Updates to check for iTunes update.

For Windows users, go to All Programs > Windows Update.

Solution 5: Check Third-party Security Software

Some third-party security software might prevent iTunes from connecting to Apple servers or to iOS devices, so follow the steps below to have a check.

For Mac users:

  1. Go to Finder > Applications > Utilities, open Terminal, and type in “sudo nano /private/etc/hosts” and press Return.
  2. Enter the password you use to log into computer and press Return.
  3. Terminal should display the hosts file. Navigate using the arrow keys to find an entry containing “gs.apple.com”.
  4. Add the # symbol and a space (“# ”) to the beginning of the gs.apple.com entry.
How to Fix iTunes Error 1649

How to Fix iTunes Error 1649

  1. Press Control-O to save the file.
  2. Press Return when asked for the filename.
  3. Press Control-X to exit the editor.
  4. Restart your Mac and then try iTunes again.

For Windows users, please follow this site to reset the Hosts file back to the default.

The Bottom Line

Normally, your iTunes error 1649 can be fixed successfully with the steps above, If not, you need to contact Apple Support for further help. And any useful suggestions to fix iTunes error are welcomed to share with us in the comment section.


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