5 Ways to Solve iTunes Error 3

iTunes error is the most common problem iOS users could face with when using iTunes. iTunes error 3 usually appears when users try to install iTunes or restore iTunes backup. Following this guide to fix your iTunes error 3 problem. We have listed some troubleshooting steps to help you to escape from the plight.

By iMobie | Posted: Aug. 08, 2018, Last Updated: Aug. 08, 2018
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During the iTunes program installation and iTunes restoration, iTunes error 3 message can appear. It shows that iTunes has encountered a problem and needs to close and you are unable to use iTunes or restore your iPhone. Why would this appear and what should we do to solve this problem? Please keep reading and check the details.

iTunes error 3 is more likely a hardware issue, and it is similar to iTunes error 1, but the causes are various from OS error to hardware issue. There are many reasons why iTunes error 3 appears, below are four of the most common reasons:

  1. Corrupt download or incomplete installation of iTunes software.
  2. Corruption in Windows registry from a recent iTunes-related software change (install or uninstall).
  3. Virus or malicious software infection that has corrupted computer operation system files or iTunes-related program files.
  4. Another program maliciously or mistakenly deleted iTunes-related files.

How to Fix iTunes Error 3

There are five methods that can fix iTunes error 3. Please try these troubleshooting steps one by one.

Method 1. Turn iPhone into DFU Mode

Reboot your PC/Mac and iPhone, and connect iPhone to computer. Turn off your iPhone. Hold the power button and home button at the same time for about 10 seconds. Release the power button and keep holding the home button till iTunes notification pop up. Click on update/restore to begin the process in DFU mode.

Method 2. Update iTunes

Updating your iTunes to the latest version. Open up the options menu and check if your iTunes is the latest version. If not, please update it to the latest version. Please keep internet connection active during the updating process. After the updating process is finished, restart iTunes and try to restore again.

Method 3. Reset Network

Go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Setting to reset iPhone network. Then try to restore iPhone with iTunes one more time.

Method 4. Check USB Port

Make sure that your USB cable, computer and network are reliable. Then try twice more to restore your iOS device.

Method 5. Close Third-Party Security Software

If you are running a third-party security software on your computer, close it. It can interfere with USB cable data transfer. Close the third-party security software and restart iTunes, try to restore your iPhone one more time.

Bonus Tip: How to Manage iOS Content with Ease

With the five methods, you may got the main point of fixing iTunes error 3. If you still have problem about iTunes error, an alternative software is recommended. AnyTrans for iOS, a convenient and helpful tool for file management and transmission in a few clicks, is the best alternative of iTunes. This is what AnyTrans for iOS enables you to do.

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