How to Fix iTunes Waiting for Sync to Start

Encountered with iTunes waiting for sync to start problem? Go through this guide and you will get to know several solutions that can fix this issue.

By Joy Taylor | Posted on: Nov. 23, 2018, Last Updated: Sep. 09, 2019

There is no doubt that iTunes is a very helpful tool that helps iOS users to sync data between iOS device and computer. However, many iOS users have reported that they are facing iTunes stuck on waiting for sync to start error and it is causing a trouble to them. This error generally occurs when users trying to sync their iDevice to iTunes.

Here, in this guide, we have listed solutions that you can try out to come out of this annoying problem.

How to Fix iTunes Waiting for Sync to Start

Solution 1. Check USB Cable Connection

If you are using a broken cable to connect your iDevice to computer then it can make you face iTunes sync problem. Thus, check if the cable is damaged or not to fix the problem and if it is damaged then use another cable which is perfectly fine. Make sure that you are using Apple USB cable for the connection. Moreover, also check USB port on the computer and sometimes, it can also cause a problem while syncing iDevice with iTunes.

Solution 2. Check Wi-Fi Connection

Make sure that you have stable and good Wi-Fi internet connection. A bad connection can cause problems while syncing iDevice to iTunes. Try to turn on and off internet connection several times. Ensure computer and iDevice is connected with the connection.

Solution 3. Check iTunes Update

Make sure that you have updated iTunes version on your system. Otherwise, it can also be the reason for the issue and thus, check it and if an update is available then update it to resolve the problem.

Check iTunes Update on Mac:

Step 1Go to Apple Menu > Click on “System Preferences”.

Step 2Here, click on the “Software Update” to check > Install the latest iTunes version.

How to Fix iTunes Waiting for Sync to Start via Check iTunes Update on Mac

How to Fix iTunes Waiting for Sync to Start via Check iTunes Update on Mac

Check iTunes Update on Windows:

Step 1Open iTunes > Click on “Help” option.

Step 2Then, click on “Check for update” and if message prompts to install then follow the instructions.

Solution 4. Turn off iTunes Match

iTunes Match, Apple service, that let users have a cloud-based collection. If it is enabled then it can also be the reason why you are facing iTunes waiting for sync to start the problem. Thus, you need to turn it off to fix the problem.

Step 1Run iTunes on your system and then, sign-in with your Apple ID > Click on “Account” option from the menu bar > Click on “View My Account”.

Step 2Click on “Manage” from setting section to move to the next page.

How to Fix iTunes Waiting for Sync to Start via Turn off iTunes Match - Step 2

How to Fix iTunes Waiting for Sync to Start via Turn off iTunes Match – Step 2

Step 3Then, click on “Edit” button that is next to iTunes Match > Click “Cancel Subscription”.

How to Fix iTunes Waiting for Sync to Start via Turn off iTunes Match - Step 3

How to Fix iTunes Waiting for Sync to Start via Turn off iTunes Match – Step 3

Solution 5. Reboot Computer and iDevice

Next, a solution you can try is rebooting your computer and iDevice. If the problem you are facing is due to software issue then it will be fixed with rebooting.

Solution 6. Reset your iDevice Settings

Tried all the above solutions, and still, facing the problem. Then, you can reset your phone all settings and it will start your iDevice from scratch.

Open the settings app on your iDevice > Go to “General” settings” > Click on “Reset” option > Then, click on “Reset All Settings”.

How to Fix iTunes Waiting for Sync to Start via Reset All Settings

How to Fix iTunes Waiting for Sync to Start via Reset All Settings

The Bottom Line

That’s all on how to fix iTunes waiting for sync to start. We hope that our guide may help you in resolving the problem. Must share this guide other also if the problem gets resolved with the solutions we have mentioned.

Joy Taylor

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