How to Fix iTunes Not Syncing to iPhone/iPad/iPod

In this article, we provide you five useful methods and one bonus tip to fix iTunes not syncing songs and other data.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: Mar. 04, 2020

Although Apple has always been releasing iTunes to fix bugs on syncing iPhone music/playlists, and iTunes not playing music issues, 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 after iOS update, especially when you are one of new iPhone users.

In this post, for fixing “iPhone not syncing with iTunes” problems, we offer some basic tips, which would be helpful for solving some iTunes sync problems. This guide works with all iPhone models (including iPhone 11), and all versions of iTunes, including iTunes 12.9.5 for Mac/12.10.2 for Windows.

Further Reading:
How to Transfer Music from an iPhone, iPad or iPod to iTunes >
Fix iTunes Not Syncing All Songs/Music on iPhone/iPad/iPod >

Top 5 Methods to Fix iPhone/iPad/iPod Not Syncing with iTunes

Here are some troubleshooting tricks to fix iPhone/iPad/iPod not syncing with iTunes issue:

Method 1: Quit and Re-open iTunes while your device is connected

Method 2Check and Try a Different USB cable or Sync with Wi-Fi

If your USB cable is broken,  iTunes sync session would fail to start. Check your USB cable and try a different USB cable and resync.

If you’re on a Wi-Fi network, you can sync your device without connecting it to your computer. Click the phone icon > Tap Summary > Check the option “Sync with this iPhone over Wi-Fi”. While, If your wifi network is not available, uncheck this option and choose the next method.

Check the Button "Sync with this iPhone over Wi-Fi"

Check the Button “Sync with this iPhone over Wi-Fi”

  1. Make sure your computer and device are connected to the same network.
  2. When you sync automatically over Wi-Fi, your device uses the same sync settings you chose for syncing using a cable.

Method 3: Re-authorize this computer on iTunes

In some cases, iTunes may “forget” that your music is authorized. So you can refresh the authorization and authorize again: Click Account > Authorizations > Choose “Authorize This Computer” > Then enter your Apple ID and password. 

Authorize This Computer on iTunes

Authorize This Computer on iTunes

Method 4: Turn off iCloud Music Library and Resync

If iCloud Music Library on your iPhone/other iDevices is on, iTunes may fail to sync. Go to Setting on iPhone > Tap Music > Turn off iCloud Music Library/Sync Library.

Next, back to iTunes, Click phone icon > Choose Music > Tap “Sync Music” & “Entire music library”, then apply the music settings and recheck whether your sync session is successful.

Turn off iCloud Music Library and Resync

Turn off iCloud Music Library and Resync

This method does work for iTunes hasn’t synced music with iPhone yet. If you’ve export iTunes music to your device, disable iCloud Music Library will remove Apple Music songs from the iDevice.

Method 5: Update to the latest iTunes and iOS version

  • Go to Settings > General > Software Update to check for iOS updates.
  • Go to Apple > System Preferences > Software Update to check the latest iTunes version for Mac.
  • Open iTunes > Help > Check for Updates on Windows.

iOS 13.3 is released on Dec. 10, 2019.

The latest iTunes version for Mac is 12.9.5/12.8.2, and 12.10.2 is for Windows 10/8/7.

Bonus Tip: Use iTunes Alternative to Sync iPhone with iTunes

If you always prefer an easy and quick way to sync iTunes data to your iDevices, then you cannot miss AnyTrans for iOS. Let you transfer data between iTunes and iPhone without effort. Here are some main features of AnyTrans for iOS you may interest in:

  1. Transfer all media or selected files from iTunes library to iPhone and it will not erase any existing data on your device.
  2. Import all data or selected files from iPhone to iTunesincluding playlists, music, movies, home videos, TV shows, and podcasts.
  3. Also, you can sync your iPhone/iPad/iPod with computer and vice versa.

Here are the steps you can sync iTunes to your iPhone:

Step 1. Free download AnyTrans for iOS, install and launch it. Then connect your iPhone to the computer via USB cable.

Free Download

Free Download

* 100% Clean & Safe

Free Download * 100% Clean & Safe

Step 2. Click iTunes Library > Choose the data you want to sync > Select all or some items you need > Click Send to Device to start.

Sync iTunes to iPhone with AnyTrans for iOS

Sync iTunes to iPhone with AnyTrans for iOS

Step 3. Once transferring completed, you will see Transfer Completed Page. Then you can check the songs on your iPhone.

The Bottom Line

In this post, we introduced five basic ways for iTunes troubleshooting when your iTunes syncing session failed/iPhone won’t sync with iTunes. And another iTunes alternative, AnyTrans for iOS would be helpful the solve the issue. Also, it works for transferring data between iTunes and your iDevices. Please feel free to download AnyTrans for iOS and try it free.

Joy Taylor

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