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If you encountered the “iTunes is waiting for Windows update to install the driver for this iPhone” error, it sounds like you need some help getting your computer to recognize your iPhone.

itunes is waiting for windows update to install the driver for this iphone

In most cases this issue arises after Windows or Apple software updates. Fortunately, there are some ways you can try to fix it and make iTunes recognized iPhone again.

iTunes is waiting for Windows update to install driver for this iPhone

  1. Upgrade to the latest iOS version.

  2. Upgrading to the latest iOS or iPadOS version provides security updates and bug fixes. Therefore, it can help fix the “iTunes is waiting for Windows update to install the driver for this iPhone” issue.

    To check and install the latest updates, go to Settings > General > Software Updates. Download and install the latest update once it is available.

    Check out the Apple support article on how to customize automatic iOS updates.

  3. Uninstall and reinstall iTunes on your PC.

  4. Try installing iTunes Classic (not Microsoft Store version). For your convenience, follow the link to download iTunes from the browser.

    Another method to fix the issue is by manually updating the iTunes version on your device via Apple Software Update App. Open this app to see if any iTunes latest update is available for your Windows computer:

    itunes latest update

  5. Make sure you click Trust if asked.

  6. Trust this computer to connect to itunes

  7. Do not use a USB hub.

  8. Connect the iPhone directly to your computer. Also, use a different USB port on the PC. For desktops with USB connectors on the front and on the back, try with one of the back connectors.

  9. Disable the Restriction on your iPhone.

  10. Open Settings > Screen Time > Content & Privacy Restrictions > Disable it.

Now your Apple device is supposed to be recognized correctly by iTunes.

If you’re still still unable to connect to iTunes, keep on reading.

The iOS drivers are automatically installed when you install iTunes, but in some cases the drivers may become non-functioning resulting in iTunes not recognizing iPhone.

To troubleshoot this problem, you need to reshuffle Apple drivers – use CopyTrans Drivers Installer (free).

Advantages of CopyTrans Drivers Installer:

✔️ Updates and reinstalls drivers within one app;
✔️ Keeps iTunes library intact;
✔️ Compatible with all iOS devices;
✔️ Quick, easy, and free.

Free download

Watch our YouTube tutorial or follow the text guide below.

YouTube video guide

Step-by-step guide

Here is how to fix the “iTunes is waiting for Windows update to install the driver for this iPhone” error using CopyTrans Drivers Installer:

  1. Download and install CopyTrans Drivers Installer. Download CopyTrans Drivers Installer
  2. Extract CopyTrans Drivers Installer from the ZIP file.
  3. Run the program. Read and accept the License agreement by clicking the I accept button. ctdi license agreement ios drivers
  4. Uninstall iTunes and any other Apple related software for CopyTrans Drivers Installer to download the drivers correctly by clicking the Uninstall button. Don’t worry, your iTunes library won’t be affected. ctdi uninstall itunes drivers
    💡 TIP: If you just wish to uninstall iTunes and any other Apple related software, click Back or close the app. ctdi install itunes from computer
  5. Click the Install button to start the installation process. ctdi install drivers to recognise apple device
  6. CopyTrans Drivers Installer requires an Internet connection to download the drivers. Make sure you let the program through your firewall. If your Internet connection uses a proxy, you can configure proxy settings in CopyTrans Drivers Installer manually.
    💡 TIP: If you want to control the installation process, click You can click here to select the drivers manually instead.
  7. The drivers were successfully installed on your PC. fix itunes could not connect to this iphone. you do not have permission. using ctdi

⚡ If you don’t like your experience with iTunes, there is always an alternative. There are several third party programs that do most of what iTunes does, if not more. One of these may do the job for you:

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Transfer iPhone photos to the PC and back

  • Transfer photos and videos from iPhone to PC
  • Move photos and videos from PC to iPhone
  • Create and edit iPad albums
  • Organize photos and preserve album structure
  • Keep EXIF data intact
  • JPG, HEIC, MOV, Live photos
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Manage iPhone contacts, messages, notes, and calendars on your PC

  • Transfer contacts from one iPhone to another
  • Back up your messages to a PC
  • Manage your iPhone and iCloud calendars
  • Save your iPhone notes to the computer
Download and try for free!
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Back up your iPhone to the PC without iTunes

  • Back up and restore iPhone without iTunes
  • Restore iPhone data selectively
  • Restore WhatsApp without iCloud
  • Transfer iOS apps to new iPhone
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The above-mentioned solutions will help you to troubleshoot the “iTunes is waiting for Windows update to install driver for this iPhone” error so that you can seamlessly connect your Apple device to iTunes without any hassle.

CopyTrans Drivers Installer is the safest and quickest way we know. Did you fix it in a different way? Why not tell us in the comments section below? We’ll be happy to add the solution to the list.

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Karina is our tech support specialist who is 25% singer (in the shower), 25% athlete (just bought her first sneakers), 48% mathematician and 100% dog lover.