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iPhone Not Showing in iTunes : How to Fix The Issue

After Apple roles out an update for iTunes or iOS, there is a chance for your iPhone not showing in iTunes. But you need not worry, we have basic troubleshoots as well as processes that shall help you fix the error and find a quick solution to the problem.


Apple also keeps on pushing out new updates to it’s softwares, with an objective of increasing and enhancing the user experience. But sometimes these updates do cause problems. One of the major ones being iPhone not showing in iTunes.

Ever time you receive an update for iTunes or iOS, there are chances that there can be some glitch which shall prevent your iPhone to show up in iTunes. But you need not worry about anything.

We did some research and were able to find probable solutions for why iPhone wouldn’t show in iTunes. And these troubleshooting methods can help resolve your problem.

iPhone Not Showing in iTunes

Before we begin with the troubleshooting, you need to ensure that iTunes is updated to the latest version. Also, in case there are any updates pending on your iPhone, please do update iOS to the latest version.

  • Make sure your USB cable is in perfect condition, if not, try changing the cable
  • Restart your iPhone as well as your Mac/PC
  • Try changing USB ports on your computer, might be there is an issue with the port
  • Disable restrictions on your iOS device by going to Settings → General → Restrictions →Toggle OFF
  • If you are on Mac, check for latest macOS and update to the latest version of macOS
  • Completely uninstall iTunes, QuickTime, Apple Application Support, Apple Mobile Device Support, Apple Software Update and Bonjour. Then re-install iTunes, it will automatically re-install other services
  • Make sure to tap the Trust button, when you connect your iPhone to your Mac or PC

Above mentioned are some basic troubleshooting methods which should mostly help you resolve the issue. In case, these methods do not work for you, you need to get a little into the issue and try with some complex methods.

iPhone Not Showing in iTunes – Mac Solution

1. Check iTunes Services

Under this method, you’re supposed to check whether iTunes services are running properly or not.

Step 1 : Go to Spotlight and search for Activity Monitor

Step 2 : Change the view to All Processes

Step 3 : Look for iTunes Helper Services

Step 4 : If it isn’t running, try and re-install iTunes

2. Un-install iTunes via Terminal

In this method, we will be using the Terminal Window to go ahead and uninstall iTunes and later re-install it.

Step 1 : Open Terminal

Step 2 : Type the following commands one by one in the Terminal Window

  • cd /Applications
  • sudo rm -r iTunes.app

Step 3 : Head to iTunes Website and download a fresh copy of iTunes & install it

iPhone Not Showing in iTunes – Windows Solution

Here again the basic object will be the same, but the method will vary a little. That is all because of the difference between macOS and Windows.

1. Update iPhone Driver

There is a possibility that the drive which is responsible for reading the iPhone on your Windows PC turns out to be faulty. So, with this method we can easily fix the error.

Step 1 : Right Click on My Computer > Properties > Device Management

Step 2 : Right Click on Apple Mobile Device USB Driver > Update Driver Software

2. Un-install iTunes

There are chances that iTunes all-together turns out to be faulty. Or there can be a small error or glitch which isn’t allowing it to function properly. We shall try and fix it.

Step 1 : Go to Start > Control Centre

Step 2 : Head to Uninstall Software

Step 3 : Right click on iTunes and hit Uninstall

Step 4 : Go to iTunes Website and download a fresh copy

Step 5 : Install the freshly downloaded iTunes


As we know, Apple’s method of syncing an iPhone or iOS Device only via iTunes makes it a little complex to use. But with every update Apple does bring improvements and new feature. However, once the issue is resolved you would not be facing it again and again. From the above mentioned troubleshooting methods and process, one of them shall definitely work for you to resolve the error.

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Punit Khatrihttps://ideviceguide.com
Founder and Editor-in-Chief. Punit is an Apple fan boy who loves to cover all news related to Apple and it's latest devices. Constantly trying to help the general public by sharing content that makes it simple and easy for them to understand the latest technology and the updates around.


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