How To Get iPhone To Show Up In iTunes

Current versions of iTunes use Wifi Sync to tie together your iPhone with your computers iTunes library. But what happens when your iPhone doesn’t show up?

There are a few different fixes for this problem. Try them in order from easiest to more difficult.

Fix #1: Check Your Wifi

Let’s start with something really simple and stupid: Are both your iPhone and computer connected to the same wifi network?

Just make sure. Could save you some time.

Fix #2: Turn Wifi Off Than On Your Computer

By turning off Wifi on your Mac (or windows computer) and then turning it back on you’ll force iTunes to re-scan the network for devices.

  1. Close iTunes
  2. Turn off Wifi (on a Mac just click on the Wifi button in the upper right of your screen and then click Turn Wifi Off)
  3. Wait fifteen seconds
  4. Turn on Wifi (on a Mac just click on the Wifi button in the upper right of your screen and then click Turn Wifi On)
  5. Open iTunes

Fix #3: Turn Wifi Off Than On Your iPhone

Similar to Fix #1 except this time we’re going to force your iPhone re-scan the WiFi network.

  1. Swipe up from the bottom of your iPhone to open up the Control Centre
  2. Tap the Wifi button so it goes grey
  3. Wait fifteen seconds
  4. Tap the Wifi button again so it goes white

Now wait a few seconds (or even a minute) and then check iTunes to see if a connection was made.

Fix #4: Turn Your Computer And Your iPhone Off Than On

Self-explanatory. Turn both devices off then off.

Yes it’s a hassle. But for most of you this step will probably re-connect your devices and you’ll be able to on with your life.

Fix #5: Make Sure WiFi Sync Is Actually Enabled

  1. Connect your iPhone to your computer with the USB cable
  2. Open iTunes
  3. Click on the device in iTunes
  4. Click on the Summary button
  5. In the Options section make sure “Sync with this iPhone over Wifi”
  6. Click Apply

Disconnect the USB cable and see if WiFi syncing works

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