How to Fix iTunes Not Recognizing iPhone on Windows 10

Summary

iTunes not recognizing iPhone on Windows 10, when being connected to backup, restore, sync, etc? Check this tip to make your iPhone X/8/7/6s/6/5s/SE show up again.

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November 23, 2017

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AnyTrans – Best iTunes Alternative for iPhone iPad iPod

AnyTrans – Best Alternative to iTunes

AnyTrans is the perfect application to replace iTunes to manage your iPhone iPad iPod touch content, backing up, transferring various iOS data from iDevice to computer, from computer to iDevice, and also between iDevices.

In this series of daily guides, we have been working hard on collecting and finding various issues related to iTunes. iTunes errors having been talked about and solved are like, the firmware is not compatible issue, the backup was corrupt or not compatible problem (title: Fix iTunes Backup was Corrupt or Not Compatible), iTunes error 14, etc.

In today’s guide, we are going to focus on the problems of iTunes not recognizing iPhone on Windows 10. Normally, we know that when we connect our iPhone X/8/7/6s/6/5s to iTunes, for backup, restoring, syncing, or others, it will show up the device icon. As showing in the picture below.

iTunes Recognizes iPhone on Windows 10

iTunes Recognizes iPhone on Windows 10

However, sometimes on Windows 10, iTunes cannot detect iPhone. Even though your computer has detected your iPhone, iTunes still doesn’t recognize it. The reasons vary and are complicated, but you can follow these methods below to fix this issue:

How to Fix iTunes Not Recognizing iPhone on Windows 10

Method 1. Make Sure of the Latest iTunes Working on Computer

The most common reason why iTunes doesn’t recognize iPhone on Windows 10 is the software not up to date. Especially the new iPhone always needs the latest iTunes to manage it. So if your iTunes is not up to date, download and install one on your Windows 10 computer, and then reconnect to check if iPhone icon shows up.

 Method 2. Reset Privacy and Location Permissions

If on Windows 10 iTunes not detecting iPhone happens after you have tapped “Don’t Trust” when connecting. You need to disconnect and reconnect your iPhone to your PC and it will prompt you to trust it again. But if not, try resetting Location & Privacy:

Go to Settings on your iPhone > Tap General > Tap Reset > Tap Reset Location & Privacy > Enter your passcode when prompted > Tap Reset Settings.

Fix iTunes Not Recognizing iPhone on Windows 10 - Reset Location & Privacy

Fix iTunes Not Recognizing iPhone on Windows 10 – Reset Location & Privacy

Method 3. Re-install the Apple Mobile Device USB Driver on Windows 10

Sometimes, iPhone not showing up in iTunes on Windows 10 may be because of the Apple Mobile Device USB driver having something wrong. You can re-install it to check if the problem still exists.

Step1. Disconnect your device from the computer.

Step 2. Reconnect your device. If iTunes opens, close it.

Step 3. Press the Windows and R key on your keyboard to open the Run command.

Step 4. In the Run window, enter: %ProgramFiles%\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\Drivers > Click OK.

Step 5. Right-click on the usbaapl64.inf or usbaapl.inf file and select Install.

Fix iTunes Not Recognizing iPhone on Windows 10 - Re-install the Driver

Fix iTunes Not Recognizing iPhone on Windows 10 – Re-install the Driver

Step 6. Disconnect your device from your computer > Restart your computer > Reconnect your device and open iTunes to check if iTunes detecting your iPhone.

While, if you have tried all three methods above, and they don’t still fix the iPhone not showing up in iTunes on Windows 10, here are another three particular solutions in the following, when you plan to backup, restore, and sync music with iTunes. Check them now.

1. Fix iTunes Not Recognizing iPhone on Windows 10 When Backing Up
2. Fix iTunes Not Recognizing iPhone on Windows 10 When Restoring
3. Fix iTunes Not Recognizing iPhone on Windows 10 When Syncing Music

Method 4. Fix iTunes Not Recognizing iPhone on Windows 10 When Backing Up

If you plan apply iTunes to backup your iPhone X/8/7/6s/6, and encounter such issue, we sincerely recommend you an iTunes alternative – AnyTrans to help you with the job. And it can surely do the task better than iTunes. Because,

  1. AnyTrans can back up data more quickly than iTunes, even the whole device, normally 1-3 minutes, depending on the amount of your data.
  2. It provides two backup modes. You can back up your whole device, just like iTunes, but also selectively choose exact data types to back up to computer, like contacts, messages, photos, notes, etc.
  3. Support media files backing up, songs and videos, which iTunes cannot.
  4. Another outstanding feature is that AnyTrans enables users to view backup files, which iTunes definitely cannot. So you are not only save your iPhone data on computer, can also access them anytime you want.
  5. The new feature – Air Backup Manager helps you backup your iPhone automatically and regularly over WiFi.

So why not download AnyTrans now, and follow the steps to backup your iPhone wholly, selectively, and automatically?

How to Backup iPhone Wholly with AnyTrans

Step 1. Run AnyTrans on your Windows 10 > Connect your iPhone to it > Choose Backup Manager tab > Click on “Please click here to backup your content” if you have no backup on computer; While if there has been one, or more backups on computer already, it will show them in list.

How to Backup iPhone Wholly with AnyTrans - Step 1

How to Backup iPhone Wholly with AnyTrans – Step 1

Step 2. After it finishes backing up, you can now open the backup file to view all titles in it.

How to Backup iPhone Wholly with AnyTrans - Step 2

How to Backup iPhone Wholly with AnyTrans – Step 2

How to Backup iPhone Selectively with AnyTrans

Step 1. Run AnyTrans > Connect your iPhone > Choose Content Manager > Scroll down to next page.

How to Backup iPhone Selectively with AnyTrans - Step 1

How to Backup iPhone Selectively with AnyTrans – Step 1

Step 2. Choose the data type you would like to backup to computer. Here we take Contacts as an example. So choose contacts > Select the ones you want to backup > Click on Send to PC button.

How to Backup iPhone Selectively with AnyTrans - Step 2

How to Backup iPhone Selectively with AnyTrans – Step 2

Step 3. Before you start backing up, you can set the output formats in settings.

How to Backup iPhone Selectively with AnyTrans - Step 3

How to Backup iPhone Selectively with AnyTrans – Step 3

How to Backup iPhone Automatically with AnyTrans

Step 1. At AnyTrans homepage, choose Air Backup Manager tab.

How to Backup iPhone Automatically with AnyTrans - Step 1

How to Backup iPhone Automatically with AnyTrans – Step 1

Step 2. Enable Air Backup Preference button on. When your iPhone and Windows 10 computer are connecting to same WiFi, AnyTrans will automatically back it up. You can also make a schedule: 1 day, 3 days, … 1 month. You can also click Advance Settings for more preferences: Backup Path choosing, device battery setting, photos & media backing up or not.

How to Backup iPhone Automatically with AnyTrans - Step 2

How to Backup iPhone Automatically with AnyTrans – Step 2

Method 5. Fix iTunes Not Recognizing iPhone on Windows 10 When Restoring

If iTunes not detecting your iPhone when you plan to restore it from iTunes backup on Windows 10, you can get PhoneRescue to replace iTunes totally.

PhoneRescue – iOS Data Recovery is good at getting back various iOS data from iPhone directly, iCloud backups, and iTunes backups. Different, and better from iTunes restoring, PhoneRescue supports previewing iTunes backup files. It means you can check whether the backup contains what you want before restoring.

Besides, you can also selectively choose what types of data to restore with it. There is no need to restore the whole backup file to iPhone. And the existed data on iPhone will not erased, either. Totally getting rid of iTunes various restoring drawbacks. So why not give it trial now?

How to Restore iPhone from iTunes Backup with PhoneRescue

Step 1. Run PhoneRescue on your PC > Choose Recover from iTunes Backups > Click right arrow.

Restore iPhone from iTunes Backup with PhoneRescue - Step 1

Restore iPhone from iTunes Backup with PhoneRescue – Step 1

Step 2. Choose the iTunes backup, which contains the lost data > Click right arrow > It will pop up a screen for choosing what kind of exact data types you would like to scan. Taking Photos as an example > Click on OK button to continue.

Restore iPhone from iTunes Backup with PhoneRescue - Step 2

Restore iPhone from iTunes Backup with PhoneRescue – Step 2

Step 3. It will start scanning all photos in iTunes backup. After finishing, select the photos you would like to recover > Click on To Device button to download them to your device directly, or To Computer button to save them to computer.

Restore iPhone from iTunes Backup with PhoneRescue - Step 3

Restore iPhone from iTunes Backup with PhoneRescue – Step 3

Method 6. Fix iTunes Not Recognizing iPhone on Windows 10 When Syncing Music

Using iTunes to sync music from computer to iPhone is a main usage of it. When iTunes doesn’t recognize your iPhone on Windows 10, how can you do this job? AnyTrans is the solution again.

iTunes music syncing only supports the songs purchased from store, while songs from other source cannot be synced. And syncing will erase your iPhone data. But with AnyTrans, you can transfer all songs on computer to iPhone, without any erasing. You can also transfer songs between iDevices, and from iPhone to computer. Download it now, and follow the steps to transfer all songs on computer to your iPhone.

How to Sync Music to iPhone with AnyTrans

Step 1. Run AnyTrans > Connect your iPhone iPad iPod to it > Scroll down to category page.

How to Sync Music to iPhone touch with AnyTrans - Step 1

How to Sync Music to iPhone touch with AnyTrans – Step 1

Step 2. Choose Music under Audio option.

How to Sync Music to iPhone with AnyTrans - Step 2

How to Sync Music to iPhone with AnyTrans – Step 2

Step 3. Now you can click  button to add music from computer to iPhone.

How to Sync Music to iPhone with AnyTrans - Step 3

How to Sync Music to iPhone with AnyTrans – Step 3

Note:

If you want to delete unwanted music, please click  button. By clicking  button, you can transfer music to iTunes. You click  button to transfer songs to computer. You can also transfer music between iOS devices by clicking  button. For better management of your music, you can change the preview mode by clicking  . If AnyTrans doesn’t load your music correctly, please click  button to refresh the page.

The Bottom Line

We know that iTunes not recognizing iPhone on Windows 10 is definitely not the only one iTunes errors you may encounter, we sincerely recommend you choose the best iTunes alternatives – AnyTrans and PhoneRescue to help you with iPhone backup, restoring, syncing, and more. And they can do better.

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