How to Fix iPhone Won't Sync with iTunes After Upgrading to iOS 10.1/10/9


Your iPad/iPod touch/iPhone cannot be synced with iTunes after updating to iOS 10/10.1/10.2/10.3, and the just released iOS 10.3.2 recently? Don't worry! Read this post to get some fixes. Also helpful for iOS 9/8/7.


July. 27, 2017


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"After updating to iOS 9.3.5, iTunes cannot sync music/photos to my iPhone 6, even if I downloaded and installed the latest iTunes 12.5.2 on my pc and recently updated to the new iOS 10.1" – One iPhone 6 plus user complained on Apple forum about iTunes sync problem in iOS 9/10.1.

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Although Apple has always been releasing iTunes to fix bugs on syncing iPhone music and playlists, and recently puts 12.5.2 to support the latest iOS 10 update, there are still some iTunes issues you may meet when syncing songs, playlists, photos or some other types of data from computer to iPhone or iPad, especially when you are one of new iPhone 7/6s users. And in this post, for fixing "iTunes won't sync" problem, we offer some basic tips below, which we think would be helpful for the solving of some iTunes sync problems in iOS 8/9, and even the new released iOS 10 and iOS 10.3.3 update.

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Tips to Fix iTunes Sync Issues in iOS 9/iOS 10/iOS 10.3.3

There are some simple tips that you can use to fix "iPhone won’t sync with iTunes after an iOS update". Now let's check the basic tips below.

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Tip 1. Change another USB cable

Tip 2. Check WIFI connection.

Tip 3. Update iTunes to the latest version.

Tip 4. Turn off iCloud Music Library and iTunes Match on iPhone: Tap Setting > Music to turn off it.

Tip 5. Turn off "Show Apple Music" on iPhone: Tap Setting > Music to turn off Apple Music.

Tip 6. Turn off "Show Apple Music" on iTunes (Computer): iTunes > Edit > Preferences > General > Turn off Show Apple Music > Click "OK".

Tip 7. (For sync error 54) Read guide to fix iTunes sync error (-54).

Tip 8. Use iTunes alternative. You can use AnyTrans to sync selected files from iTunes to iPhone. It supports iOS 10/9/8/7/6/5.

You are suggested to read our previous guide - iTunes 12 sync issues and solutions, which shows you the most common sync issues you may meet when using iTunes 12, including cannot sync music, waiting for items to copy, iPhone can't be recognized etc.

Bonus Tip: Why My iPhone Won’t Sync Music to iTunes? How to Fix

As we know, iTunes can’t sync data back to iTunes library. So if you want to sync iPhone to iTunes, you have to use some iTunes alternatives. Below we show you how to use AnyTrans to transfer selected items from iPhone to iTunes step by step. Before we start, let’s download AnyTrans free trial to computer first.

Step 1. Run AnyTrans and connect your iPhone to computer. Once your iPhone is recognized, scroll down to get the categories that you can transfer to your iTunes library.

How to Fix iTunes Won’t Sync Music to iPhone – Step 1

How to Fix iTunes Won’t Sync Music to iPhone – Step 1

Step 2. After clicking into any category, you can select items and transfer them to your iTunes library. For example, after going to Audio > Music, you can transfer selected songs from iPhone to iTunes.

How to Fix iTunes Won’t Sync Music to iPhone – Step 2

How to Fix iTunes Won’t Sync Music to iPhone – Step 2

By using the menu bar on the top right corner of the screenshot above, you can delete songs on iPhone iPad or transfer songs to iTunes/computer/another device.

After transferring, you can click iTunes icon to check whether the items are successfully moved to your iTunes library.

How to Sync iPhone Music to iTunes Library – Step 3

How to Sync iPhone Music to iTunes Library – Step 3

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The Bottom Line

If you have any workaround to fix the iPhone won’t sync with iTunes after iOS update problem, please leave a comment below to share with others. At the same time, don’t forget to download AnyTrans and try it free. And here we also list you some other iTunes syncing problems and solutions you may like:

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