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iTunes Music Not Syncing to iPhone, iPad, iPod after iOS 7 Update - Top 10 Ways to Fix

Mar. 18, 2014 02:25 pm / Posted by Andrew Coffe to iOS 7 Topics
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iTunes Music Not Syncing, Stuck at "Waiting for Changes to Be Applied" and Canceling Sync

"I'm facing the same hiccup. After updating my iTunes to 11.1 and iPhone 5 to iOS 7, my music just isn't syncing. Help please!"

iTunes songs not syncing to iPhone/iPad/iPod touch on iOS 7 (including iOS 7.1)? This issue has aroused hot discussion during iOS users. When syncing iTunes music to iDevices after iOS 7 update, iTunes got stuck at "waiting for changes to be applied" but after a while or even after hours, the status moved to 'Canceling Sync'. Miserable, isn't it?

Luckily, you get many tips to fix this tough stuff. In this article, we will introduce top 10 ways for you that work effectively to solve this music not syncing after iOS 7 upgrade issue.

10 Best Ways to Fix iTunes Music Not Syncing to iPhone/iPad/iPod after iOS 7/7.1 Update

You can try one or several of the top 10 methods below to fix the iTunes can't sync songs to iOS devices after installing iOS 7. All of them work for devices including:

iPhone Including iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4
iPad Including iPad Air, iPad mini with Retina display (iPad mini 2), iPad mini, iPad with Retina display(iPad 4), The new iPad (iPad 3)
iPod Including iPod touch 5, iPod touch 4, iPod classic 6, iPod classic 5, iPod shuffle 4, iPod shuffle 3, iPod nano 7, iPod nano 6, ect.

1.Update to the Latest iTunes (iTunes 11.1 or Newer)

Make sure you update iTunes to the latest version. Windows users go to Help > Check for Updates; Mac users go to iTunes > Check for Updates.

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2.Soft Reset Your iPhone/iPad/iPod

Some users reported that they have successfully solved the iTunes not syncing music to iPhone issue with a soft reset on iPhone. In fact, a soft reset is fixing many problems associated with the iOS 7 update. Therefore, you can have a try on your device.

3.Restart iDevice and Reinstalling iTunes

Rebooting iPhone will help to settle down some issues on iPhone and reinstalling iTunes (nofollow) can also fix some iTunes error. If your iPhone is frozen, hung or have any problem in restarting, try the free way to reboot your iPhone.

iOS 7.1 Reboot

4.Add iTunes Songs into a Playlist

It seems no sense but a user posted his experience of successful fixing music not syncing after iPhone iOS 7 update and many followers also solve this problem. You can also have a go like what he said:

"I highlighted all the songs I wanted to sync, right-clicked > add to the playlist, and selected the playlist that appeared automatically with the name of my iPhone. Voila! All songs synced."

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5. Unsync and Sync Music

This works for many users. You can go to Music on iTunes, make sure the option "Sync Music" is unchecked - all options will be grayed out, and click "Apply". Then close iTunes and open iTunes again, go to enable the "Sync Music". Then you start to sync songs to your device. In some cases if you failed, click on the General tab and uncheck "Manually Manage Music".

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6. Add Songs to a Playlist and Unsync & Sync

Yes, you got it! Just combine way 3 and way 4. No kidding. This actually help lots of users solve the tracks not syncing after iOS device updating to iOS 7.

7. Disable the Auto-Lock and Password

It seems illogical, but it is actually helpful. The sync could go for a toss when your device gets locked with a passcode. When you are syncing iTunes music to your iPhone, iPod or iPod, change your device's auto-lock on Settings > General to "Never", and also disable or remove your password.

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8. Restore Your Device to Factory Settings

Connect your device and lunch iTunes > Click on Device Summary and select Restore > click Restore on the pop up message > iTunes will now restore to the latest firmware > when finished, set up your device as new, not from a backup > sync with iTunes and your music should appear on your device now.

Note: Factory settings restore will delete all contents on your iDevice. You'd better backup your iOS device with iOS Data Recovery.

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9. Export and Import iTunes Library

Open iTunes > click "File" and "Export" > export your library to your computer making sure the file directories are identical > import the list back to iTunes > go to your iDevice's settings, tap on General, Usage, Music > delete your tracks > connect your device to computer and go back to iTunes > click General and make sure the "Manage Music Manually" box is unchecked > click on Music and select the playlists you want to sync > click Apply and wait for the process to be completed.

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10. Deauthorize and Authorize Your Computer

iTunes Authotization is a basic procedure that lets Apple know your purchases are yours. Sometimes these things need to be turned off and then on again just to clear out any stale data.

Connect your device to computer and open iTunes > go to Store and select "Deauthorize this Computer" > input your Apple login > after that, click on Store again and click "Authorize this Computer" > enter your Apple login details again.

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If you have also found any other ways that are workable to fix music not syncing after iOS 7 update, share with us in your comment below.

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