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Fix iPhone Not Connecting to Computer PC/Mac [Tips & Solutions]

How to Fix iPhone Not Connecting to Computer (incl. Windows 10) Problem? – Tips & Solutions.

Q: When I connect iPhone to computer, my computer doesn't recognize my iPhone and the iPhone is not showing up on computer at all. I use a PC running on Windows 10/11. What's wrong? How to fix iPhone not connecting to computer problem? I urgently need to export some precious photos and recorded 4K videos in my iPhone to computer hard drive to release some space for my iPhone. Help please.

To transfer files like photos or music between iPhone and computer, normally people will do it by connecting iPhone to computer via USB together with using iTunes or other iPhone transfer programs. But some of you may encounter iPhone not connecting to computer successfully problem in the first step. Find what measures you can take to let your iPhone appear on computer smoothly.

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Part 1: Fix iPhone Not Connecting to Computer Problem

Basic steps you can take to deal with computer not recognizing iPhone:

iPhone not connecting to computer
  1. Unplug and connect your iPhone to computer for several times. Because sometimes the connection may be in loose/bad contact.
  2. Plug out the iPhone and reboot your computer.
  3. Check whether your iPhone is turned on. Try to restart the iPhone and it may fix some glitches.
  4. Remove old iTunes and go to download and install the latest version of iTunes.
  5. If you see a "Trust this Computer" alert, unlock your iPhone and tap "Trust".
  6. Use one of USB ports on the back of your computer. If it doesn't work, try each USB port of computer to see if one works.
  7. Try another new USB cord, since sometimes the cable may have been damaged and go kaput, which may also cause your iPhone not showing up on computer. Better use original Apple USB cable.
  8. Connect your iPhone with another computer to see if it is working well. The USB port on your computer may have been damaged.
  9. Sometimes, the real problem lies in the OS, for example your brand-new Windows 10. Here is a fix of "Windows 10 not recognizing iPhone".

Part 2: Best Tool for Transferring Photos/Music/Videos Between iPhone and Computer

Even if the iPhone not connecting to computer problem is perfectly solved, you may also face the dilemma of iTunes not recognizing your iPhone or unable to sync media between computer and iPhone with iTunes. Besides, using iTunes to sync music from computer to iPhone, it will delete all your iPhone original music, songs, playlists, ringtones. Thus, is there any reliable way to help sync music from computer to iPhone without iTunes? Still, what if I want to import photos from iPhone to computer to release the iPhone space? Except iTunes, any other stellar similar program can perfectly achieve these? Lucky for you, WinX MediaTrans can help you fulfill all of these iPhone transfer and backup needs flawlessly without iTunes.

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Estrella H.

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Estrella H. is a senior editor at Digiarty covering all the latest tech in mobile industry for the better part of the first four years, from iPhone, Samsung to other innovative gadgets. And now she's been dived into data backup and management to keep data safe on mobile devices in the recent three years. Outside the tech, she is a songwriter and loves hip-hop.

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