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iTunes iPhone Driver Not Installed – How to Fix

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Written by Kelly Houstan

A while back, When connecting my iPhone 11 to Windows 10, I encountered the iTunes driver not installed issue on the system. Because it was the first time I got an error such as “driver not installed for iTunes”, I decided to look up all the possible solutions. In no time, I realized that how common the issue is and many users even encounter problems such as iTunes is waiting for a Windows update to install the driver. Well, in this guide, I finally decided to give solutions for these iTunes drivers for Windows 10 issues in detail. Just read this article to know all about iTunes iPhone Driver Not Installed – How to Fix.

iTunes iPhone Driver Not Installed – How to Fix

This error might appear whenever you guys install the desktop version of iTunes. However, it’s far less likely. If you do happen in order to see this error when running the desktop version, then this same fix should work.

Many times, when connecting an iPhone or just opening the iTunes, we actually get the iTunes or iPhone driver not installed promptly on Windows 10. In this case, I would definitely recommend you the following suggestions in order to resolve the iTunes driver not installed Windows 10 error actually.

Disconnect & Reconnect

Just disconnect your iPhone from your PC. Connect it again. If iTunes opens, close it. Windows Update should search for and then install the correct drivers. If it doesn’t, you have to force Windows in order to install the correct drivers. It’s not that hard.

Manually Install iPhone Driver

Just connect your iPhone to your PC. Then open the Device Manager through typing Device Manager in the Windows search bar.

Now you have to expand the Portable Devices group of devices. Just look for Apple iPhone and right-click it. Choose ‘Update driver’ from the context menu. In the menu that pops up, you guys have to choose the ‘Search automatically for updated driver software option. Just permit Windows update in order to search for the driver and install it.

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When the driver is installed, close Device Manager and open iTunes. This time, it ought to be able to detect your iPhone actually. The ‘The Driver Required For This iPhone Is Not Installed’ error should no longer appear now.

Install iTunes from the Microsoft Store

If you guys are planning to install iTunes on your Windows, then just consider downloading it from the Microsoft Store rather than Apple’s website. This is because the Microsoft Store version of iTunes is actually a non-bloated application that is optimized for Windows. In case you guys already have iTunes installed, then just uninstall it first.

Now, head to the Start menu and visit the Microsoft Store on your computer as well. Just look for iTunes from here and then install it on your Windows 10 system. If you guys have already downloaded iTunes from the Microsoft Store, then you guys can just update it from here as well. This would most likely fix the iTunes driver not installed issue actually.

Ways to Solve the “iTunes is Waiting for Windows Update to Install the Driver for this iPhone” Error?

Many times, even after starting the update, users get the “iTunes is waiting for Windows update to install the drive” error prompt on the system as well. In this case, I would recommend the following 3 solutions in order to fix this iTunes driver stuck on update problem.

Update Windows Firmware

As the prompt suggests, the problem might also happen if you are running an outdated firmware on your PC. For this, you guys can just head to your system’s Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update. Or then you have to look for Windows Update in the search option from the taskbar as well.

This will then open the Windows update settings on your system. From here, you guys can just check for updates and follow a simple click-through process in order to update your Windows firmware.

Update the iTunes version

Another reason for getting the “iTunes is waiting for Windows update to install the driver for this iPhone” is basically using an outdated iTunes version. Apart from the iTunes app, you guys can also go to the search bar and look for Apple Software Update as well. After finding the correct app, just open it on your Windows too.

Here, you can also see the latest iTunes version that is available for update. Just check it from here and tap on the “Install” button in order to get the update. Afterward, restart your PC and check if it fixes the iTunes driver for Windows 10 issues as well.

Install the iTunes Driver Manually | iTunes iPhone driver not installed

There could be many other internal conflicts in the system that is causing the “iTunes is waiting for Windows update to install the driver” problem. In order to avoid this, you can just consider to install the update on your own. In order to do this, just open the Explorer and enter the following string in the address bar:

%ProgramFiles%\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\Drivers

Now, you can just choose the “usbaapl64.inf” file, right-tap, and then select to install the iTunes driver on Windows 10 manually.

Best iTunes Alternative to Backup and Restore your iPhone

A lot of users encounter unwanted errors such as the iTunes driver not installed while using the application. Because using iTunes can be a bit complicated, you can also consider MobileTrans as its ideal alternative.

  • Using MobileTrans – Backup, you guys can take the whole back up of your iOS or Android device to the system.
  • If you guys want, you can also choose what you want to backup to your system in order to save time.
  • You can backup your pictures, videos, music, contacts, call logs, notes, and so much more than that.
  • Furthermore, MobileTrans – Restore can also help you to restore an existing MobileTrans or iTunes backup to your phone.
  • You can also even restore an iTunes backup to an iOS or Android device without even using iTunes (or encountering compatibility issues).

Because MobileTrans is extremely user-friendly, you don’t need any prior technical knowledge in order to backup/restore your device. Here’s how you can use MobileTrans – Backup to save your data to your PC along with a single tap.


Well, That is all from my side. If you want to know more about this article or have any queries. Then feel free to ask me anything in the comments section below.

Have a Good Day!

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