Quickly and Easily Fix iTunes Error Codes on iPhone or iPad

By Gina Barrow, Last updated: May 26, 2022

“How do I resolve the different iTunes Error Codes?”

There seem to be unlimited lists of iTunes error codes that we can possibly encounter during updating or be restoring iOS devices.

So what are these iTunes error codes for?

Apple has created these error codes as your reference to understand what seemed to be the issue with the iOS device and the iTunes.

Usually, these iTunes error codes appear when they are unable to establish a stable line of communication to Apple’s servers which makes it impossible to process your request.

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How to fix iTunes error code

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Part 1. Understanding the Different iTunes Error CodesPart 2. How to Quickly Fix iTunes Error CodesPart 3. Video Guide: How to Resolve iTunes Error Codes on iPhonePart 4. Conclusions

Part 1. Understanding the Different iTunes Error Codes

You may encounter these annoying iTunes errors codes whenever you are backing up your iOS device, updating or restoring and they just pop up without any signs.

The next time you see any of the following error codes then you are already confident that you know what may have caused the said issue.

Get familiar with the common iTunes error codes below and learn how to resolve them.

Set 1. iTunes error codes: 17, 1004, 1013, 1638, 3014, 3194, 3000, 3002, 3004, 3013, 3014, 3015, 3194, or 3200

Communication Failure

These error codes may also come along with the message: "There was a problem downloading the software," or "The device isn't eligible for the requested build." This means that there is a problem between iTunes and Apple’s servers. What you need to do next is to check if you have any issues with the internet.

Here’s what you can quickly do:

  • Check Wi-Fi on your laptop or computer. Verify the signal strength
  • Enter ‘apple.com’ onto your web browser; if you have reached a 404 page on Apple’s website then the connection is working properly. If upon entering ‘gs.apple.com’ opens up another website then you need to check the host's file or the TCP/IP filtering.
  • Power cycle the wireless modem and make sure it is plugged in properly.

Set 2. iTunes error codes: 13, 14, 1600, 1601, 1602, 1603, 1604, 1611, 1643-1650, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2009, 4000, 4005, 4013, 4014, 4016

USB Connection Problem

You will also get the error message: "invalid response," and being asked to restore again after a restore completes. These iTunes error codes are caused by loose or faulty USB connectors.

What to do:

  • Try another or new USB cables. Make sure it is original
  • Remove all other USB connections and test your own cable
  • Make sure that the USB is plugged directly into the computer
  • Restart computer

Set 3. iTunes error codes: 2, 4, 6, 9, 1000, 1611, 9006, 9807, or 9844

Security Software conflict

Some third-party security software can interfere with the communication to Apple’s update servers causing these iTunes error codes.

What to Do:

  • Set the date, time, and time zone correctly on your computer
  • Make sure you are logged in as Administrator account
  • Your anti-virus must be updated
  • Update iTunes to the latest version
  • Update computer’s operating system version
  • If still, you receive any of the error codes mentioned, then try to temporarily disable your anti-virus software by going to its own settings. You may contact your security software’s customer support if needed.

Set 4. iTunes error code: 1015

Enter DFU mode to restore

You can also see this message: "The required resource can't be found." This kind of error code is usually happening to jailbroken devices or if you have installed a beta iOS version which is not yet stable.

It also occurs to those who have tried to install older iOS. In order to fix this error code, you need to enter recovery mode or DFU mode to restore your iOS device.

But of course, this will erase your data and the only way you can get them back is to your last backup.

What to do:

  • Enter into recovery or DFU mode in order to restore your device

Dfu In 3 Steps

Enter DFU Mode to Restore

Hardware problems

This kind of issue is quite broad because you don’t know which hardware part seemed to be not working properly. You may have to undergo series of tests to determine which part is causing this trouble. A simple power cycle may not help unless you have successfully found the root cause.

What to do:

  • Check if the Mac, computer, or the iOS device is working properly
  • Restart all devices
  • Use another computer to restore or update device, if the same error occurs then it might be the iOS device that is causing the problem. You can contact Apple support.

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Restore iPhone Phone from Hardware Issue

If you have received iTunes error codes that were not listed above when you were trying to update or restore your iOS device then consider doing the following:

  • Update iTunes
  • Update Computer’s operating system
  • Plug iOS device directly to the computer without using any hubs
  • Restart all devices
  • Update security software or temporarily disable it
  • Retry doing the update and restore process

Always remember that whenever you use iTunes, check for its latest software update first and download them if there are available.

To update iTunes on Mac:

  1. Open iTunes
  2. Click iTunes from the top bar menu of the screen
  3. Under iTunes find and click ‘Check for Updates
  4. If there are available, follow the download and install instructions

Update iTunes on Windows:

  1. Open iTunes
  2. Find Help on the top bar menu
  3. Under Help click on ‘Check for Updates
  4. Follow the prompts on how to download and install.

You may also check for updates on your Mac or Windows computer before updating, restoring or even backing up your iOS devices.

Itunes Update Iphone

Update iTunes on Mac or Windows

To Update Mac:

  1. Open the App Store
  2. On the toolbar menu, click on Updates
  3. If there are available updates, click the update button then follow the prompts to download and install.

To Update Windows 10:

  1. Click the Start menu and go to Updates and Security
  2. Click on Windows Update
  3. Choose Advanced Options
  4. Select Automatic (Recommended) under Choose How Updates are Installed

Windows Update

Windows Update

Part 2. How to Quickly Fix iTunes Error Codes

If you are not familiar with all the troubleshooting methods above then you might find it hard to fix iTunes error codes. The best and quickest way to fix these kinds of errors is to use FoneDog Toolkit- iOS System Recovery.

This program aims to fix all kinds of iTunes error codes, white screen, recovery mode, black screen, blue screen, and red screen of death and much more. It also resolves issues like DFU mode, looping on start, freezing, stuck on Apple logo, stuck on Connect to iTunes screen, and so many other system issues that keep you away from using your iOS device.

FoneDog Toolkit- iOS System Recovery makes sure that your phone gets back to normal and it keeps all your data safe and secure. There are different ways to use FoneDog Toolkit- iOS System Recovery based on the exact issue you are experiencing.

For example, you encountered iTunes error codes then learn how to use FoneDog Toolkit- iOS System Recovery, below:

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Step 1. Run FoneDog Toolkit- iOS System Recovery on Your Computer

First, you must have downloaded FoneDog Toolkit- iOS System Recovery on your computer and then follow the installation procedures. Once you have successfully installed FoneDog Toolkit- iOS System Recovery, launch the program and head over to ‘iOS System Recovery’.

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Run FoneDog Toolkit- iOS System Recovery--Step1

Step 2. Plug iOS Device to the Computer

Once the program is ready on your screen, connect your iOS device to the computer and wait until it is automatically detected.


Plug iOS Device to Your Computer--Step2

Step 3. Download and Extract Firmware Package

On the next screen, you will be asked to enter the exact make and model of your iOS device in order to download and then extract the correct firmware package.

You may refer at the back of your iPhone or iPad for the model number or you may visit Apple’s official website.


Download and Extract Firmware Package on Device--Step3

Step 4. Repair in Progress

After downloading and extracting firmware, FoneDog Toolkit- iOS System Recovery will now begin the repair process which may take some time.

Once it is finished, you can see the progress on the screen and the iOS device will then restart back to its normal state.
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Repair Complete

Repairing Your Device's iTunes Error Code--Step4

In just a few and simple steps, you have fixed annoying iTunes error codes on your phone without doing too many complexities. Remember that when you use FoneDog Toolkit- iOS System Recovery, you must be aware of the following:

  • If your device is jailbroken, then it will be back to its non-jail broken status
  • If the device is unlocked, it will be locked
  • You will get the latest iOS software update after the repair

The best thing with FoneDog Toolkit- iOS System Recovery is that it does not cause any data loss at all. It only fixes system issues without affecting your phone data.

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Part 3. Video Guide: How to Resolve iTunes Error Codes on iPhone

Part 4. Conclusions

Whatever kinds of iTunes error codes you are experiencing right now, all you need to remember is to use FoneDog Toolkit- iOS System Recovery to make your life easier. All these error codes could be caused by any of the following: Hardware, Software, USB-related, Connection issues, and iTunes.

If any of these is affected then you will expect that you will receive any of the codes mentioned above. Even if your phone is crashing, freezing, rebooting all the time, stuck on Apple screen, etc… these all can be resolved by FoneDog Toolkit- iOS System Recovery.

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Was a Technical Specialist for a while, troubleshooting Smartphone and Software-related issues until a writing stint caught my attention.

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