How to Fix iTunes Sync Error -54

Summary

Your iPod/iPad/iPhone cannot be synced with iTunes, an unknown error (-54) occurred? Don’t worry! Read this post to know what is iTunes error (-54) and how to fix it.

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Sep. 21, 2016

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iTunes Sync Error 54: "The iPhone 6 cannot be synced. An unknown error occurred (-54)"

When using iTunes to backup, restore or sync your iPhone iPad, you may face a lot of issues, such as iTunes error 14, 50, 39 and 54. When syncing songs/pictures or something on iPhone/iPad/iPod touch with iTunes, you may encounter this iTunes sync error (-54) problem that stop you from transferring.

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You may have tried many methods online to fix this iTunes sync error, such as updating iTunes to latest version and upgrading iPhone/iPad to the newest iOS operating system. However, the "iTunes sync error 54" still can’t be fixed.

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About iTunes Sync Error (-54)

This sync error 54 is one common iTunes problem people may face when updating PC to a new Windows operating system.

And most of people think this iTunes sync error is related to authorization and administration issues - computer doesn’t permit unauthorized users to sync some data to iPhone/iPad/iPod touch. You may be the person who has no permission to modify or move the data, and the data you want to sync may be the "iTunes" folder or just some files (such as songs, pictures and movies).

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How to Fix Unknown Error (-54) about iPhone/iPad/iPod Cannot Be Synced

Sometimes fixing your iTunes sync error (-54) seems a little difficult because it is hard to find which files cause this problem. In this case, you have to sync separately to find what kind of data you can’t sync. For example, you can sync only songs to iPhone 6 or iPhone 7 to check whether the music files cause this unknown error (-54).

Of course, there are some common tips you can try to fix this error:

  • Update your iTunes to latest version, now the latest version is iTunes 12.5.1.
  • Upgrade iPhone/iPad/iPod touch to latest iOS operating system. Now you can update to iOS 10.
  • Authorize computer in iTunes.

    Open iTunes > Choose "Store" on iTunes menu and authorize your computer.

  • Change permissions of your "iTunes" folder or original files/folder.

    You can find the originals that you want to transfer to iOS device and change permission. iMore give us one example to change "Read Only" permission of "iTunes folder" to fix iTunes sync error (-54) on Window 10:

    Open Windows Explorer > Go to "Music" folder > Right Click "iTunes" folder > Properties > Uncheck "Read Only".

  • Run iTunes in administrative mode.

    Sign in to Windows as an administrator > Right click iTunes icon > Select "Properties" > Select "Compatibility" > Check to run as administrator.

  • (For Windows iTunes users) Install all available Windows update service packs. iTunes sync error may be caused by incompatible driver on your windows pc.
  • Use an iTunes alternative

    After trying solutions mentioned, if your iPhone still cannot be synced due to unknown error occurred (-54), you can try some iTunes alternative, like AnyTrans. As one of the best iTunes alternatives, AnyTrans allows you to transfer media files (like Music, Playlists, Movies, TV Shows, Podcasts, iTunes U, Audiobooks, Voice Memos, Apps, Ringtones, etc.), and won’t erase the existing data on your iPhone iPad. Click Here to Download AnyTrans >

    iTunes Alternative - Fix iTunes Sync Error (-54 )

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  • Download one registry repair tool to clean all of your PC’s registry errors. Windows computer registry errors may cause the error (-54) that some files cannot be accessed and transferred from computer to another device.

Here we also list you other iTunes syncing problems and solutions:

Some Songs Won’t Sync from iTunes to iPhone >

iTunes Won’t Sync Videos to iPhone/iPad >

How to Sync iPhone iPad to New Computer >

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