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iPhone, iPad, iPod Is Not Recognized in iTunes - Free Way to Fix It Easily

Mar. 18, 2015 11:23 am / Updated by Jerry Cook to Fix iPhone Stuck
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iPhone, iPad, iPod Is Not Recognized by iTunes for Windows/Mac?

"I plug my iPhone in computer, but iTunes cannot recognize it. Updated iTunes to 11.4 but still got the same problem. Help!"

When you connect your iOS device to a Windows PC or a Mac, you may suffer this nettlesome issue: iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch is not in iTunes, no matter how many times you try to plug in. Usually, iTunes cannot recognize your iPhone or other device after jailbreak, iTunes update (such as the new iTunes 12.1 or iTunes 12 upgrade), iOS 8/iOS 8.2/iOS 7/7.1 update, device reset, software update on PC or iMac/MacBook Pro/MacBook Air/Mac Pro, or due to other reasons.

Below are the free ways to fix this iPhone/iPad/iPod does not show up in iTunes without damage and data loss. If you want to recover deleted, lost data from iOS device with iTunes, you can refer to the steps of how to use iPhone Data Recovery to recover iPhone data without backup.

How to Free Fix It When iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch In Not Recognized in iTunes?

Solution 1:Fix iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch In Not Recognized in iTunes with TunesCare

To fix iPhone, iPad, iPod not recognized by iTunes, you can give TunesCare a free try, it can help you to fix all kinds of iTunes issues completely.

Step 1: First of all, please download and install TunesCare on your computer. Then launch it.


Step 2: Then click "Repair iTunes" to improve your iTunes performance or repair your iTunes issue.


Step 3: After that, TunesCare will start to download the repairing drives for iTunes, TunesCare will automatically repair your iTunes.


When repair completed, TunesCare will prompt you that iTunes is repaired successfully and your iTunes will automatically restart.

Another solution to solve this "iPhone/iPad/iPod is not detected in iTunes" issue is to restart the device. However, this kind of restart is not simply about pressing Home and Power buttons (mostly your iPhone or other device is not seen in iTunes although you try Home & Power buttons). Instead, you need to force to reboot your device to get it work normally. We recommend ReiBoot to you, which is the free and most importantly the best professional software to reboot your iPhone, iPad, or iPod to make them run smoothly and easily recognized by iTunes on Windows 10/8.1/8/7/XP/Vista. ReiBoot will never cause data loss and damage on your device.

If you have a Mac on macos Sierra, OS X 10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7/10.6, go to the Mac version, ReiBoot for Mac, to reboot your device when iPhone, iPad, iPod is not appearing in iTunes.

Free download ReiBoot on your computer and connect your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to this computer. Double-click to run ReiBoot and you will see there are only 2 buttons on it, showed as the picture below.

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Click "Enter Recovery Mode" and "Exit Recovery Mode", then your device will be forced to reboot. Wait for several seconds until the device restarts completely. Then iTunes will recognize it.

ReiBoot fully supports all iOS devices, including the ones in the below chart.

iPhone models: iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS
iPad models: iPad Air, iPad mini 2 (iPad mini with Retina display), iPad 4 (iPad with Retina display), the new iPad (iPad 3), iPad 2, iPad 1
iPad models: iPod touch 5G, iPod touch 4G, iPod touch 3G, iPod touch 2G, iPod touch 1G

iTunes Can't Recognize iPod Classic, iPod Nano, iPod Shuffle - Tips to Fix It

 If you have an iPod classic, iPod nano, iPod shuffle, or any older model of iPod that is not an iOS device, and when you plug it in computer via a USB it is not visible in iTunes, try the following tips to fix it.

Conclusion: After you use ReiBoot to restart the iOS device, the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch is not syncing with iTunes problem will be fixed. Share it with anyone you know to help them in case they meet the same issue with their iOS device.

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