6 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.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: Jul. 21, 2020

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.

6 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’.

Tip 6. Fix iTunes is Currently Downloading Software for the iPhone with an iTunes Repair Tool

If this issue still exists after you have tried those 5 methods, we’d like to recommend an iTunes repair tool named AnyFix. Its usage suits more than 200 iTunes errors include iTunes is currently downloading software for the iPhone. You just need a few clicks to fix the issue you encountered without any data loss. And here are some sample steps to help you out.

Step 1: Download and install the latest version of AnyFix. Launch it and tap on iTunes Repair.

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Fix iTunes Errors with AnyFix

Fix iTunes Errors with AnyFix

Step 2: Choose iTunes Installation/Download/Updates Errors and tap on Fix Now.

Choose iTunes Installation/Download/Update Errors to Fix

Choose iTunes Installation/Download/Update Errors to Fix

Step 3: After completing the analyzing process, tap on Fix Now. Then, tap on Yes to give AnyFix permission.

Start to Repair

Start to Repair

Step 4: After completing the repairing process, you can tap on Open iTunes to check if the problem is resolved. If not, you can choose Deep Repair mode to fix the issue. 

Repair Completed

Repair Completed

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 is suitable for you to extract iTunes backup to computer in a selective way.

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

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Free Download * 100% Clean & Safe

Step 1. Run AnyTrans > 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. In addition, it can also transfer iOS data between iDevices and computers. Just get it to your PC or Mac and start a free trial >

Joy Taylor

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