How to Fix iPhone 8/iPhone X Not Connecting to iTunes

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

There are many situations in which you need iTunes to get things done. No matter you want to sync files from computer to your iPhone, back up your iPhone to computer or restore your iPhone to factory settings, you can make it with the help of iTunes. But as you may know, iTunes or your iPhone cannot always perform as you expect. One of the commonest problems that may happen when you use iTunes it “iPhone not connecting to iTunes”, which can also be described as “iPhone won't connect to iTunes” or “iPhone not showing up in iTunes”. If you are troubled by the same issue. Follow one of the 6 tips below to fix the problem “iPhone 8/iPhone X not connecting to iTunes”.

6 solutions to Fix "iPhone 8/iPhone X not connecting to iTunes"

Tip 1: Check the USB cable

If you are using a broken USB cable, which may not be so obvious, to connect your iPhone to other devices, that could be the reason why your iPhone 8 or iPhone X is not connecting to iTunes. Thus make sure you are using an official Apple cable and there is nothing wrong with it, which is also helpful in avoiding the issue "This Accessory May Not Be Supported" in iOS 11. Besides, generally, when you connect your iPhone to iTunes, there will be a prompt on your iPhone screen asking you whether to trust this computer or not, don't forget to tap on Trust to continue or the issue "iPhone 8 won't connect to iTunes" will occur.

Tip 2: Update to the latest version of iTunes

Given the compatibility of iTunes, you'd better equip your iTunes to its latest version to avoid the problem caused by the incompatibility of iTunes or the bugs in that version. Update your iTunes to its latest version and see whether the problem "iPhone 8/iPhone X won't connect to iTunes" is solved.

On Windows PC: Go to iTunes > Help > Check for Updates on your Windows PC to update your iTunes to its latest version.

On Mac: Go to App Store > Update > Install to install the new iTunes available on your Mac.

Tip 3: Update your iPhone to the latest version of iOS

The connection between your iPhone and iTunes is influenced by not only the version of iTunes but also the version of the iOS operating system. If the "iPhone 8/iPhone X not showing up in iTunes" problem happens when you have the latest version of iTunes installed, you can go to check whether the issue is due to the bugs coming with your iOS version. If so, you need to download and install the latest version of iOS, which may have improved the problems with the previous version, on your iPhone to have a try. (This tip can also be applied to solve the problem "App Store not downloading/upgrading" in iOS 11.)

Tip 4: Turn off Restrictions on iPhone

If you have turned on Restrictions on your iPhone 8 or iPhone X, that's likely to be the main contributor to the "iPhone 8/iPhone X not connecting to iTunes" problem on your device. You can turn Restrictions off and then check the connection between your iPhone and iTunes. Go to Settings > General > Restrictions to make it.

Tip 5: Reinstall iTunes on your computer

The effectiveness of this fix is reported by some users. Just uninstall iTunes from your computer and then install the latest version of it on your again. After that, connect your iPhone to your computer with a USB cable and check whether the "iPhone 8/iPhone X not connecting to iTunes" still exist.

Tip 6: Restart your iPhone

Restarting your iPhone is a common and simple way to solve problems on iPhone. It can help to cope with the problem "Cannot Connect to App Store" in iOS 11. It's no exception in this case of "iPhone 8 not connecting to iTunes". Follow one of the two methods to restart your iPhone.

How to restart iPhone 8 or iPhone X in iOS 11:

Method 1: Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button (Side button) until a slider appears, drag the slider to turn off your iPhone completely and then hold and press the same button to turn your device on.

Method 2: Go to Settings > General > Shut Down and move the slider to turn off your iPhone completely. Then press and hold the Sleep/Wake button (Side button) to turn on your iPhone.

Notes:

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Step 1: Connect your iPhone to your PC running Windows 7/8/10 with a USB cable. Tap Trust on your iPhone screen to continue. Run EaseUS MobiMover Free and go to the main screen to choose iDevice to PC to back up iPhone files in one click.

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Step 2: You can use MobiMover to back up iPhone photos, videos, movies, music, playlist, ringtones, books, contacts, messages, notes, voice memos, and more as the image shows below. You can transfer these all at one time or respectively export a specified data type.

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Step 3: Except for the flexibility to choose data to back up, MobiMover also supports you to customize the storage path for iPhone backup. You can click the Folder icon under the computer symbol to make it done.

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Step 4: After all the steps above, click Transfer to back up iPhone files to your PC right now. MobiMover will copy the iPhone files in a readable and accessible way so you can view, edit, or delete the data based on your own need.

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