8 Tips to Fix iPhone Won't Sync with iTunes after iOS 11 Update

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Nathalie Updated on Sep 12, 2018 to iPhone Data Transfer | How-to Articles

Hello, I recently updated my iPhone from iOS 10.3.3 to iOS 11. Everything's been working fine, but when I tried to sync some music from iTunes to my iPhone, it didn't work. Why can't iTunes sync music to my iPhone in iOS 11? Any idea to fix it?
If you have such a problem that iPhone won't sync with iTunes in iOS 11 or iTunes not syncing music/playlists/photos to iPhone in iOS 11, you may need some useful tips to fix the issue. Here in this article, we offer you a free alternative way (Part 2) to sync songs, photos, and more from your computer to iPhone or from your iPhone to computer easily and quickly and Eight workable tips (Part 3) to solve the problem "iPhone won't sync with iTunes after the iOS 11 update".

Part 1: Why your iPhone 8/8 Plus/X won't sync with iTunes?

The issue that iTunes not syncing songs or other files to your iPhone in iOS 11 might be caused by the following reasons:

  • The iTunes installed on your computer is not the latest version
  • Your USB cable is broken or problematic
  • There is something wrong with your network connection
  • The music settings are not correct in iTunes or on your iPhone

Part 2: Sync music/photos/videos between computer and iPhone for free

Instead of using iTunes to synchronize data between your iPhone and computer, you can use a free iTunes alternative, EaseUS MobiMover Free, to get things done effectively. With EaseUS MobiMover installed on your computer running Windows or macOS, you can:

  • Transfer files between a computer and an iOS device (iPhone or iPad running iOS 8 or later) or between two iOS devices. Whether you want to sync music to iPhone, back up iPhone photos to computer, or transfer contacts from one iPhone to another, you can do it in four steps via MobiMover.
  • Manage content on iPhone and iPad by deleting, editing, or adding items from the computer.
  • Download videos from websites, including YouTube, Vimeo, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, MySpace, Break, Dailymotion, and more, to your computer or iPhone/iPad. For example, you can download Vimeo videos to iPhone to watch offline.
What can MobiMover transfer or manage for you:

Photos: Camera Roll, Photo Library, Photo Stream, Photo Videos

Videos: Movies, TV shows, Music Videos

Audios: Music, Ringtones, Voice Memos, Audiobooks, Playlists

Others: Contacts, Notes, Messages, Voice Mails, Books, and Safari Bookmarks

Thus, when your iPhone not syncing with iTunes in iOS 11, you can try this method to transfer data between your iPhone and computer without any operation in iTunes. Follow the steps below to sync music to iPhone from computer.

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Step 1: Connect your iPhone to your computer and tap Trust This Computer on the iPhone screen to if a pop-up appears and requires. Start EaseUS MobiMover Free and select PC to iDevice to transfer music from computer to iPhone without iTunes. You can also import music from computer to your iPhone by clicking the iPhone name (EaseUS1 here) in the main interface and choosing Audio > Music.

how to transfer music from computer to iPhone without iTunes - step 1

Step 2: Then, go to your computer to find the music files or folders by clicking the more button/three dots on the top-left corner of the screen.

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Step 3: If you choose a folder that contains other file types, MobiMover will automatically select all the transferable items in it. Keep the category/categories you want to sync from computer to your iPhone selected.

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Step 4: Now, click Transfer to download music from computer to iPhone without iTunes. After the transferring, no previous media files will be wiped, which is inevitable if you choose iTunes. When the process accomplishes, go to open the Music app on your iPhone to check the added songs.

how to transfer music from computer to iPhone without iTunes - step 4

You can also transfer music from iPhone to computer using MobiMover if you need to.

Part 3: 8 fixes to iPhone won't sync with iTunes after iOS 11 update

When you have a problem like iPhone won't sync with iTunes in iOS 11 or iTunes won't sync music to iPhone in iOS 11, you can follow the seven practical solutions to have a try.

Method 1. Update your iTunes to the latest version

On Mac:

Step 1: Open the App Store on your computer.

Step 2: Click Updates to see if there are any macOS or iTunes updates available.

Step 3: Tap Install next to the updates to get the latest version of iTunes.

On PC:

Step 1: Run iTunes.

Step 2: Choose Help > Check for Updates in iTunes. (If the Check for Updates option isn't in the Help menu, this means you downloaded iTunes from the Microsoft Store. If so, your iTunes will automatically update when there is a new version available.)

Step 3: Follow the onscreen instruction to install the latest version.

Method 2. Change to another USB cable

Try another Apple cable to sync data from iTunes to your iPhone. 

Method 3. Authorize your computer

If the computer you're using is not authorized, you will fail to sync purchased music from iTunes to your iPhone. You can authorize your computer following the steps below.

On PC:

Open iTunes and go to Account > Authorizations > Authorize This Computer from the menu bar. Enter your password and then click Authorize.

On Mac:

Open iTunes and sign in with your Apple ID. Go to Account > Authorizations > Authorize This Computer from the menu bar.

Method 4. Check out the network connection

Go to read the article about Wi-Fi not working on iPhone in iOS 11 to get the complete guide on how to fix the problem.

Method 5. Turn off iCloud Music Library

Go to Settings > Music, then disable iCloud Music Library.

Method 6. Disable Show Apple Music

On iPhone:

Go to Settings > Music, then turn off Show Apple Music.

On computer:

Go to iTunes > (Edit) > Preferences > General, then uncheck the option Show Apple Music.

Method 7. Restart your computer and iPhone

This is a simple but useful tip you can try.

Method 8. Make sure you have sync music correctly

Here are the correct way to sync music from iTunes to iPhone:

Step 1: Download and install the latest version of iTunes on your computer.

Step 2: Run iTunes, go to File > Add File to Library and choose the songs you'd like to copy from computer to your iPhone.

Step 3: Click the device icon and choose Music.

Step 4: Keep the checkbox next to Sync Music selected and choose to transfer the entire music library or selected categories to your device.

Step 5: After the selection, tap Sync to start transferring music from computer to your iPhone.

If none of the tips above works to fix the iTunes won't sync with iPhone in iOS 11 issue, we highly recommend you to try EaseUS MobiMover in Part 2 to achieve your goal of syncing data between your computer and iPhone.