5 Ways to Quick Fix iTunes Error 1646

The update and restore with iTunes are usually smooth, however, it’s a different story if there is iTunes error 1646 showing up? If you have no idea to fix this error, keep reading this post and you’ll get an idea about iTunes error 1646, including why does it happen and how to fix it.

By Christian Chus | Posted on: Sep. 26, 2018, Last Updated: Sep. 26, 2018
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For iOS users, you may update or restore your iPhone/iPad/iPod with iTunes. The processes are usually smooth and you just need to operate step by step, however, sometimes there may be something unfamiliar happening suddenly. For example, you may have no idea what to do if some strange error codes show up, such as iTunes error 1646. So this article will tell you some details about iTunes error 1646.

Firstly, what does it mean? it pops up when iTunes expects the devices to be in a different state, for example, to be booted into iOS rather than jumping to iBEC. So how to fix iTunes error 1646? Then you are going to learn about 5 solutions if you keep reading this post.

How to Fix iTunes Error 1646 with 5 Tips

Tip 1: Use Another USB Cable

Indeed, Apple asserts that iTunes errors 1643-1650 appear because there is something wrong with the USB connection. So the first thing you should do is to check your USB connection, such as the USB cables. Then you’d better change your USB cable if it is broken or comes from other manufacturers except for Apple.

iTunes Error 1646 - Use Another USB Cable

iTunes Error 1646 – Use Another USB Cable

Tip 2: Change USB Port

Due to the same reason as the first method, disconnect your iDevice from the USB port and plug it into another one.

Tip 3: Disconnect Other Devices

The connection between other devices and the computer may have negative effects on the communication between your iPhone and the computer. So please unplug other unnecessary devices.

Tip 4: Check Your Third-Party Security Software

Also, security software may cause the issue in the communication between your iDevice and your computer. At this time, first update your security software. If the error doesn’t disappear, see if it works by turning off or even uninstalling your security software.

iTunes Error 1646 - Check Your Security Software

iTunes Error 1646 – Check Your Security Software

Tip 5: Close Virtualization Apps

Your virtualization may cause bad influence on USB connection if it’s running. Therefore, shut down VMware and Parallels when you connect your iDevice to the computer.

iTunes Error 1646 - Close Virtualization Apps

iTunes Error 1646 – Close Virtualization Apps

Bonus Tip: Restore iOS Device with iTunes Alternative

As you know, there are kinds of error codes generated by iTunes. You have to try many different solutions as you encounter one of them. What’s worse, you have to take the risk of data erasing when you operate some of those methods. Therefore, you can restore your iOS data with an iTunes alternative. PhoneRescue for iOS is highly recommended. It’s a user-friendly data recovery tool. Within just 3 steps, you can restore almost all your iOS data completely. Moreover, it enables you to restore data from iOS device directly as well as iCloud. Why not download it and follow the steps below to have a try.

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Step 1Install it and connect your iOS device to the computer. As the interface below appears, click Recover from iTunes Backup and Next.

iTunes Error 1646 - Restore from iTunes Backup with iTunes Alternative - Step 1

iTunes Error 1646 – Restore from iTunes Backup with iTunes Alternative – Step 1

Step 2Choose an appropriate iTunes backup and types of data you want to restore.

iTunes Error 1646 - Restore from iTunes Backup with iTunes Alternative - Step 2

iTunes Error 1646 – Restore from iTunes Backup with iTunes Alternative – Step 2

Step 3Select items you want to restore > Choose recover to device or to computer.

iTunes Error 1646 - Restore from iTunes Backup with iTunes Alternative - Step 3

iTunes Error 1646 – Restore from iTunes Backup with iTunes Alternative – Step 3

The Bottom Line

You don’t have to be annoyed when you’ve known about the information about iTunes error 1646, including its causes and its solutions. Please leave your comments if you have further questions about iTunes error 1646 and PhoneRescue for iOS.

Christian Chus

Member of iMobie team. A typical Gemini. Addicted to Apple and music stuff. Always like solving issues related to iOS & Android.