How To Fix iPhone not Connecting to Windows 11/10 PC

Does your iPhone fail to connect to your Windows PC? Well, yes, this can be annoying. Now and then, we tend to connect our phones to your PC, be it transferring photos, videos, and other files or restoring your phone’s data. Right? But what if your Windows device is unable to detect your iPhone? Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered!


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So, if your Windows PC fails to recognize your iPhone, you can easily resolve this issue on your own by following a few workarounds. Some of the most common reasons you may face this issue include outdated drivers, outdated versions of iTunes, faulty connections, etc.

Here are a few general troubleshooting tips that you can perform before digging into Settings:

  • Make sure that your iPhone is unlocked and turned ON.
  • Reboot your iPhone and Windows PC.
  • Install the latest version of iOS on your device.
  • Remove all the other external devices apart from your iPhone.
  • Update the iTunes app on Windows.

You can try these above-listed hacks and if you are still unable to connect your iPhone to your Windows PC, let’s move to our next section.

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iPhone Fails to Connect on Windows? Here’s the Fix!

Solution 1: Check the USB Cable


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A faulty USB cable is one of the most common reasons why your Windows PC might not be able to detect your iPhone. So, inspect the USB cable closely and see if it’s damaged or broken. If you notice any cuts or if the cable is in a defected, replace it right away. Also, make sure that you use Apple-certified USB cables only, as using non-Apple cables can mess with your device’s performance.

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Solution 2: Check the USB Ports/ Switch Ports

If the USB ports on your Windows PC are misconfigured or not working properly, your device may fail to recognize your iPhone. We’re sure your device must be equipped with multiple ports; hence try switching ports and see if this hack works in fixing the issue.

Solution 3: Update the iTunes App on Windows


Using an outdated version of the iTunes app can also trigger the “iPhone not connecting to Windows” issue. The good thing is that you can easily update the iTunes app by visiting the Microsoft Store. Here’s what you need to do:

Launch the Microsoft Store app on your Windows 11/10 PC.

Select the “Library” section from the left menu pane.

Hit on the “Get Updates” button.


If any update is available for the iTunes app, Windows will notify. Upgrade the iTunes app to the latest version. Reconnect your iPhone to your laptop and check if the issue was resolved.

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Solution 4: Repair the iTunes App

Launch the Settings app on your Windows PC. Switch to the “Apps” section from the left menu pane.

In the list of installed applications, look for iTunes. Tap on the three-dot icon placed next to it and select “Advanced Options.”


Hit on the “Repair” button so that Windows can fix the underlying issues and repair the iTunes app.

After repairing the app, reboot your device and reconnect your iPhone to check if the issue persists.

Solution 5: Update Drivers

Press the Windows + R key combination to open the Run dialog box. Type “Devmgmt.msc” and hit Enter to launch the Device Manager app.


Tap on “Portable Devices.” Right-click on your iPhone and select “Update Driver” to manually update the drivers.


Once your device installs the latest version of portable device drivers, reconnect your iPhone and see if your Windows PC can recognize the iOS device.


Tired of manually keeping track of outdated and missing drivers? We might have a useful suggestion for you. Download and install the Smart Driver Care utility tool on your Windows PC. Smart Driver Care is one of the best driver updater software for Windows that automatically scans your device to hunt outdated/corrupt/missing device drivers. You can update all the outdated drivers for improved PC performance in just one click.

Solution 6: Update Windows

Launch the Settings app, and select “Windows Update.”

Hit on the “Check for Updates” button.


If any update is available for your device, upgrade your Windows PC right away! After updating the OS, reconnect your iPhone and check if you’re still facing any issues.

Also read: How to Fix an iPhone That Won’t Turn On?


Here are a few simple methods to fix the “iPhone not connecting to Windows” issue. We hope these methods help you establish a successful connection between your iPhone and PC. Let us know which method did the trick. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section. Follow us on social media – FacebookInstagram and YouTube.

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