How to Fix iPad Won’t Sync with iTunes

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Cedric Grantham Updated on Jun 11, 2018 to iOS & Mac Topics | How-to Articles

iTunes is the frequently used way to sync iPad music, movies, TV shows, photos and more between the iTunes Library on your computer and your iPad, and vice versa. Generally speaking, the iTunes syncing process is without incident, but sometimes things will go wrong, and your iPad won't sync with iTunes. If you happen to encounter this problem, here is what you can do to fix it. And please note that this post is only aimed at resolving iPad won't sync with iTunes, if you can't sync iTunes with iPhone, please check the related post. 

Effective tips on iPad won't sync with iTunes

1. Use an iTunes alternative - EaseUS MobiMover Free

EaseUS MobiMover, the quite easy-to-use iPhone data transfer software that enables you to sync iPad's contents computer without getting stuck with the complex operations and sync problems of iTunes. With this iOS data transfer program, you are capable of transferring iPad photos, notes, music, calendars, Safari bookmark & history to the computer with simple one-click. Besides, more iPad file management solutions are integrated into, such as putting pictures and music to iPad, deleting the whole videos on iPad at a time, and move the edited contents to computer or other devices.

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Step 1. Connect iPad to your PC with a USB cable. Once connected, tap "Trust This Computer" on your device's screen. Open EaseUS MobiMover and select "Phone to PC" on the main screen. Click "Next" to start transferring data from iPad to your computer.

how to transfer files from iPad to PC - step 1

Step 2. MobiMover will read and load all the compatible files on your iPad automatically. Choose Contacts/Messages/Pictures/Audio/Video or other specific types of apps to transfer. The transferred content is kept on Desktop by default, so you need to change the default location before clicking "Transfer".

how to transfer files from iPad to PC - step 2

Step 3. MobiMover will immediately begin to transfer data from iPad to PC without iTunes. Don't interrupt the USB connection during the course. When it completes, you can open and check the transferred content. Some files, like contacts and messages, are kept as .html files, so you need to use a web browser to open such a type of file.

how to transfer files from iPad to PC - step 3

2. Update iTunes to the latest iTunes

The first fix method for iPad won't sync with iTunes is to install the latest version of iTunes. Sometimes just updating to the newest version of iTunes can resolve all the syncing problem.

3. Re-plug into your iPad with USB cable

When you connect your iPad to PC/Mac, sometimes, both the computer and iTunes may don't recognize it, and the iPad is only getting a charge. When this happens, plug off your iPad, and re-connect it to the computer again after a few seconds. If the iPad is still not recognized, try to change another USB cable.

4. Re-authorize iTunes and computer

If iPad sync fails, you may simply re-authorize the computer with iTunes.

Step 1. Open iTunes with iPad connected to the computer via USB cable.

Step 2. Click Store menu and choose Deauthorize This Computer.

Step 3. Click Store menu again and choose to Authorize This Computer.

Step 4. Enter the Apple ID and password then choose Authorize.

re-authorize the computer with itunes 

5. Force restart iPad

Force reboot is usually more effective to than standard power-off restart.

Press and hold both Sleep/Wake and Home buttons until your iPad power off and restart.

6. Restart the computer

Restarting the computer with iTunes may also resolve the iPad won't sync with iTunes problem and get things syncing again. This will work if the issue has to do with a malfunctioning daemon.

7. Wireless Syncing stops working

When the iPad and computer are on the same wireless network, wireless syncing is available. If wireless sync stops working, you need to get it re-function again.

Click Summary tab>Options>tick Sync with this iPad over Wi-Fi.

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8. iPad lower power

Make sure your iPad isn't running too low on power. If iPad battery is close to being depleted, it may cause the iPad won't sync problem.

9. Reset & restore the iPad

If you have tried all above methods, and your iPad still won't sync with iTunes, then you have to reset iPad to factory settings, directly click to the resetting iPad page to finish these operations.