How to Fix Computer Not Recognizing iPhone

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I have been right where you are right now.

I am holding my iPhone in one hand while trying to search the Internet to find a way to fix my computer, not recognizing my iPhone.

And it so happens you just dropped by this page, and you’re wondering WTF I will be talking about.

Well, I’ll show you how you can make your computer recognize your iPhone so that you can connect and sync it with your iTunes or do whatever else you would like to do with it.


Here’s Why Your Computer Is Not Recognizing Your iPhone.

Now it’s kind of like Tom and Jerry.

Apple’s products that include the iPhone, iPad, MacBook don’t go undoubtedly well with Microsoft’s Windows (which your PC is running on).

Whenever we bring these two together, they don’t want to be in each other’s business, which results now and then with bugs and errors.

However, this situation is different if you bring an iPhone together with a MacBook, which Apple’s syncing process is almost seamless.

One such common bug that is frequently encountered whenever you try to connect your iPhone with a Windows PC is when it does not allow your Windows PC to detect your iPhone. That particular bug is what this guide will try and cater to help you fix it.


What you will need


Let’s dive right in!



How To Fix Computer Not Recognizing iPhone: 5 Ways


1.  Updating Apple Mobile Device USB Driver.

  1. Go ahead connect your iPhone to your PC.
  2. Open up your Search (to your bottom-left), type and open Device Manager, and Expand Universal Serial Bus controllers
  3. Under Universal Serial Bus controllers, you will see Apple Mobile Device USB Driver. Double-click it to open its Properties
  4. Go to the Driver tab and Uninstall the driver
  5. Disconnect your iPhone, and connect it again (Windows 10 will search and download the driver again)



2.  Reinstalling iTunes.

  1. Uninstall iTunes. Go to Apple’s website and install iTunes again
  2. Connect your iPhone to your PC.
  3. Open Device Manager, and expand Universal Serial Bus controllers.
  4. Under Universal Serial Bus controllers, you will see Apple Mobile Device USB Driver. Double-click it to open its Properties
  5. Go to the Driver tab and Update the driver.


3.  Update Windows.

  1. Open the Settings menu and go to Update & security > Windows Update.
  2. Click Check for updates to prompt your PC to scan for the latest updates. The update will be downloaded and installed automatically.
  3. Click Restart Now to restart your PC and complete the installation process.



4.  Trust The Computer.

  1. Connect your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to your computer or another device.
  2. Enter your passcode (if you have one) to unlock your iOS device.
  3. Tap on Trust.

Computer Not Recognizing iPhone



5.   Try a Different USB Port on Your Computer.

Since your computer is not recognizing iPhone, you can also try to connect your iPhone using any other USB ports on your computer.

We hope that this guide has helped fix your computer from not recognizing your iPhone. If you have questions, please feel free to leave a comment below, and we will love to help you out. ❤


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  1. I wish your post was the first to show up when searching for this problem. Solved easily with the first solution. Thank you so much.

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