5 Tips to Fix: iTunes is Currently Downloading Software for the iPhone

Received an error of “iTunes is currently downloading software for the iPhone” while trying to update or restore iPhone using iTunes? Here we’ll offer some troubleshooting tips to fix it.

By Abby Walsh | Posted on: May. 21, 2018, Last Updated: Sep. 26, 2018
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When using iTunes to update, backup, sync or restore your iPhone, you may meet the iTunes error “iTunes is downloading the software for this iPhone and will restore your iPhone when the download is complete”. It can be really annoying to meet this problem and you may want to fix this error as soon as possible.

The reasons for “iTunes is currently downloading software for the iPhone” error can be various, for example, iPhone is unable to connect to Apple server, Internet disconnection, old OS, system crash, etc. Now let’s follow this quick tip and find some useful trick to fix iTunes is currently downloading software for the iPhone error.

5 Tips to Fix iTunes is Currently Downloading Software for the iPhone

Tip 1. Update iTunes.
Firstly you can check whether your iTunes is up to date and get the latest version of iTunes on computer. On Windows, just click on Help > Check for Updates. On Mac, you can go to the App Store and check if there is an “Update” option.

Tip 2. Uninstall Third-party Apps.
If you have installed some security software on your iPhone, then it may prevent the connection with Apple server. You can try to uninstall these apps to fix iTunes is Currently Downloading Software for the iPhone problem.

Tip 3. Reset Network Settings.
If you stuck on the problem of iTunes is Currently Downloading Software for the iPhone, then resetting network settings may help. Go t to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings. This will reset Wi-Fi networks and passwords, cellular settings, and VPN and APN settings that you have made before.

Tip 4. Restore from Backup.
Sometimes restoring iPhone from an old backup could fix some iTunes errors like iTunes is Currently Downloading Software for the iPhone. Connect your iPhone to computer > open iTunes > Summary > Backups > Restore Backup.

Tip 5. Reset All Setting.
Resetting settings on your iPhone may help you fix iTunes stuck on downloading the software for this iPhone. Go to ‘Settings’ > ‘General’. Scroll down to the end of the screen and then press ‘Reset’ tab. Under ‘Reset’ option click on ‘Reset All Settings’.

Bonus Tip: How to Extract iTunes Backup to Computer Selectively

During the process of fixing iTunes is Currently Downloading Software for the iPhone problem, there are chances that you may lose some important data on iPhone. Of course you can restore an iTunes backup via iTunes, but restoring backup means wiping and replacing all iPhone data with backup content. What if you just want part of data in iTunes backup? At this time, AnyTrans for iOS is suitable for you to extract iTunes backup to computer in a selective way.

Now you can free download AnyTrans for iOS to your computer and then follow the steps to extract iTunes backup to computer selectively.

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Step 1 Run AnyTrans for iOS > connect your iPhone > go to Backup Manager page > choose the iTunes backup you want to extract > download it and click on View.

How to Extract iTunes Backup to Computer Selectively – Step 1

How to Extract iTunes Backup to Computer Selectively – Step 1

Step 2 Preview and select the data you want to extract for example photos > click To Computer button to start extracting.

How to Extract iTunes Backup to Computer Selectively – Step 2

How to Extract iTunes Backup to Computer Selectively – Step 2

The Bottom Line

As you see, it’s quite simple to fix the problem of iTunes is Currently Downloading Software for the iPhone with the tips we offered, and you can extract selected data from iTunes backup with the help of AnyTrans for iOS. In addition, it can also transfer iOS data between iDevices and computer. Just get it to your PC or Mac and start a free trial >

Abby Walsh

Member of iMobie team, an Apple fan and a horror movie lover. Always be willing to solve all kinds of Apple-related issues as well as Android's.

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