[Updated: Sept 20, 2016]: It’s reported that some iPhone 6 users got this iTunes sync problem after updating to iOS 10 recently. And we have updated this post to offer you some new tips
“Upgrade to iOS 10, my iPhone won’t sync music and playlists with iTunes, and even after I upgraded my iTunes to iTunes 12.5.1” – one iPhone 6 user questioned on iPhone forum about “iTunes can’t sync”.In this September, 2016, you may face the same iOS problem when syncing iTunes music library to your iPhone or iPad/iPod after updating to iOS 10 final version or coming iOS 10.x.x.
Although, Apple always release new version of iTunes to fix coming iTunes bugs and sync problems (recently, Apple released iTunes 12.5.1 to better support iOS 10 updates, the problems never be completely fixed. So what if you get this kind of iTunes issue and cannot sync data from iTunes to your iPhone 6 or other iOS devices, how can you fix it?
How to fix “can’t sync music to iPhone, iPad, iPod” problems in iOS 9 and iOS 10
After collecting from a few forums, we listed the solutions as below:
Solution 1. Sync again after turning off iCloud Music on your iPhone.
Tap “Setting” on iPhone > “Music” > Turn off “iCloud Music Library”.
Note: this method is not available for Windows vista.
Solution 2. Sync after turning off iTunes Match on iPhone.
- Make sure that you don’t have iTunes Match enabled in Settings > Music.
- Plug in your iPhone, iPad or iPod and launch iTunes.
- Click your device icon at the top of the iTunes window.
- Select Music in the side navigation panel.
- Uncheck Sync Music option in the right panel and then click Apply or Sync.
- Once the sync is complete, recheck the box for Sync Music and hit Apply or Sync again.
- Unplug your iPhone or iPad and see if your music is back.
Solution 3. Sync after turning off Show Apple Music.
- Reset iPhone 5 by holding “Power” and “Home”.
- iPhone > Setting > Music > Turn off “Show Apple Music”
- iTunes 12.2 > Edit > Preferences > General > Uncheck “Show Apple Music” > OK
Solution 4. Authorize your computer for iTunes app
- Run iTunes
- On iTunes menu, select Store item and click “Authorize This Computer…”
Solution 5. Uncheck “Read Only” of iTunes folder (For Windows users)
If you are one of windows users who meet this iTunes sync issue, you can check whether the permission property of your “iTunes” folder or the data you plan to sync is “Read Only”. If you checked “Read Only”, you cannot transfer or edit the file but only read it.
Open Windows Explorer > Music > iTunes, right click this folder and go to Properties, and uncheck “Read Only”.
Solution 6. Use iTunes Alternatives.
If you still cannot use iTunes to sync iPhone iPad, you can look for help from some iTunes alternatives, such as AnyTrans, to share songs, movies and pictures across all of your Apple devices. It’s said that it also helps sync your selected files from iPhone to iTunes.
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