How to Fix: iTunes Error 1600

iTunes error 1600 keeps showing up when jailbreaking or restoring your device? Don’t worry. In this article we will share the best possible methods that you can use to fix iTunes error 1600.

By iMobie | Posted on: Oct. 17, 2018, Last Updated: Oct. 17, 2018

I have an iPhone XS Max and it’s not working. When I tried to fix it with restoring from my backup, occurred an error 1600 and I cant restore the iPhone. What I have to do to fix the iTunes error 1600?

iTunes Error 1600

iTunes Error 1600

The iTunes error 1600 usually shows up when the users try to jailbreak or restore the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. There are various reasons that lead to this error such as using a wrong or defected USB cable, use of an old version of iTunes, troubleshooting issues, and some others. But it is a very common iTunes problem and you don’t have to worry about it. This problem can be fixed with the help of some easy methods. Some efficient methods to resolve the issue of iTunes error 1600 are given below in this article.

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5 Tips to iTunes Error 1600

Method 1. Change USB Ports

Sometimes the problem can be caused due to bad USB connection or compatibility with the USB cable. So make sure that you are using the cable that came with the device and is totally compatible with it. The chances are only changing the USB cable might fix the iTunes error 1600.

Method 2. Use the Latest iTunes Version

Check if the latest version of iTunes is installed on your computer. If not, update to the latest iTunes version.

For Mac Users:

Launch iTunes > Click on iTunes on the top-left menu bar > Check for Updates.

For Windows Users:

Launch iTunes > Enable Help > Check for Updates on the menu bar. If you can’t see it, click on CTRL and B keys.

Method 3. Check Security Software

If the security software installed on your device can’t communicate with Apple’s update server, then iTunes error 1600 could occur. Just check your security software by following below steps.

Step 1 Inspect your security software settings and make sure connection to Apple is enabled > Make sure your device can be recognized by iTunes.

Step 2 Make sure that the time, date, and time zone are set correctly on your computer > Use your computer as administrator.

Step 3 Update to the latest version of iTunes on your computer > Make sure the security software is updated.

Method 4. Enter in Recovery Mode

According to many iPad and iPod users’ feedback, try to put device into recovery mode can easily fix the iTunes error 1600. However, this method will wipe all data on your device. If you don’t want to lose any files on device while restoring, directly move to Method 5 to make it.

Step 1 Connect your device to your Mac or PC with a Lightning to USB cable.

Step 2 > Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button and the Volume Down button until the screen turns off. Continue holding the Sleep/Wake button + Volume Down button, even after you see the Apple logo appear.

Step 3 Release the Sleep/Wake + Volume Down button once the Connect to iTunes screen appears (it’s the image of the cable and iTunes icon shown at the top of this article). The phone is now in recovery mode.

Step 4 A window pops up in iTunes offering to let you Update or Restore the phone. Click Restore.

Method 5. Restore with PhoneRescue

If all above methods fail to help you fix the iTunes error 1600, simply try the #1 iTunes alternative – PhoneRescue for iOS to restore your iPhone/iPad/iPod touch. Actually, PhoneRescue for iOS seems to be more popular among iOS users to do the restoring job, here are the reasons why:

Unlike iTunes or iCloud restore way, PhoneRescue for iOS allows users to view the backup files so that users cloud locate the right backup to restore, but not a blind full restore. It supports restoring only certain file types and users can select the files that really want to restore. More importantly, PhoneRescue for iOS doesn’t need users to erase anything on device before restoring. It keeps all data and settings safe on device. Now, let’s check how to restore iPhone/iPad/iPod touch from iTunes backup without erasing current data.

Step 1 Free Download PhoneRescue for iOS and install it on your computer firstly.

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Step 2 Connect your device to the computer via its USB cable > Choose Recover from iTunes Backup mode and click on Right Arrow to continue.

How to Restore iPhone from iTunes Backup without Data Loss – Step 2

How to Restore iPhone from iTunes Backup without Data Loss – Step 2

Step 3 Choose the backup contains the data you want to recover and click Right Arrow > Check the files categories you prefer and click on OK button to scan the backup.

How to Restore iPhone from iTunes Backup without Data Loss – Step 3

How to Restore iPhone from iTunes Backup without Data Loss – Step 3

Step 4 Preview and select data you want to restore > Click Recover to Device or Recover to Computer button on the bottom right to start the restoring process.

How to Restore iPhone from iTunes Backup without Data Loss – Step 4

How to Restore iPhone from iTunes Backup without Data Loss – Step 4

Actually, besides restore from iTunes backup, PhoneRescue for iOS also offers you another two recovery modes: from iCloud backup and from iDevice directly. To get details, simply refer to the two guides below.

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How to Restore iOS Device without Any Backup >

The Bottom Line

Now the iOS user can take a sigh of relief because they know how to fix iTunes error 1600. The above methods are the most effective ones. There are also some other methods available to fix this problem but these are recommended the most. If you find this guide useful, just share it to help more people who have encountered the same iTunes error 1600 with you.


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