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Best 6 Methods When iPad Won't Sync with iTunes in 2024

Jul 12, 2024 • Filed to: Mobile Repair Solutions • Proven solutions


Usually when I connect my iPad to my laptop, iTunes opens automatically or sometimes I open manually and then I can sync whatever I want. However, for the last week whenever I connect them together, my iPad starts charging instead of syncing and when I open iTunes my iPad doesn't appear. Why won't my iPad sync with iTunes

Attempt to sync iPad with iTunes, but nothing happens? It's a universal problem that puzzles many iPad users, just like you. Whatever the reason leading to iTunes sync failure, you must want to how to fix it. Here, this article aims at providing you several methods to solve the problem that iPad won't sync with iTunes.

Method 1. Disconnect Your iPad and Plug into its USB Cable Again

The situation may occurs, when you connect your iPad to computer via a USB cable, the iPad does get charged, but the computer can't read it as an external hard disk, neither does your iTunes. When this happen, you can just plug off your iPad and plug the USB cable to make the connection for the second time. If it still fails to work, you can change another USB cable and try it again.

Method 2: Reset the Router When Syncing over WiFi

Sometimes, it may be the wireless connection that gives rise to the sync failure. In the case like this, you can reset the router. Turn off the route and turn it on again.

Method 3. Update iTunes to the Latest Version

When you find that you can't sync iPad with iTunes, you'd better check whether iTunes installed is the latest one. If not, please update iTunes to the latest one. Then, sync your iPad to iTunes again. This method may fix iTunes and make it work properly.

Method 4. Re-authorize iTunes and Computer

Open iTunes and click Store. In the drop-down list, click Deauthorize This Computer... and sign in the Apple ID. When the deauthorizing is complete, click Authorize This Computer... to reauthorize it again. Or, go and find another computer. Authorize another computer and try it again. This may works.

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Method 5. Reboot or Reset Your iPad

If your iPad will not sync with iTunes, you can also try to shut down your iPad and reboot it. Then, sync iPad with iTunes. Sometimes, this may make iTunes back to work normally. If not, you can also try resetting your iPad. I have to say resetting your iPad may take your iPad under risk, for you will lose all data on it. Thus, make sure you have back up all data on iPad before resetting.

Method 6. One Click to sync iPad to iTunes

When iTunes won't sync iPad, you can try something different. Nowadays, there're many iTunes alternative tools that can sync data to iPad. Here, I recommend you the most reliable one - Dr.Fone - Phone Manager.

Download and install this tool and try it yourself. Select the right version that is compatible with your computer. Here, lets' try the Windows version.

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The following guide just shows how it can be done:

Step 1. Connect your iPad by plugging in a USB cable to your computer and launch this tool. Then click "Phone Manager".

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Step 2. In the main transfer window that shows up, click "Transfer Device Media to iTunes".

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Step 3. The tool will scan all the files in your device and display them in different file types. You need to select the desired file types and click "Start".

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Step 4. After that, all the files will be synced from your iPad to iTunes in just a while.

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