iTunes is Waiting For Windows Update To Install The Driver For This iPhone



If I plug my iPhone into a computer, the last thing I want to see is a long list of problems. Just recently, I was using my iPhone when I saw the message “iTunes is waiting for Windows Update to load the driver for this iPhone.”

Method 1: Make Windows updates

The first step in fixing the “iTunes is Waiting for Windows Update…” problem is, naturally, to instal the latest Windows updates. Turn off your computer’s Bluetooth and unplug your iPhone.

iTunes is Waiting For Windows Update To Install The Driver For This iPhone

Step 1: In order to run Windows Update, type “windows update” into the search box located in the taskbar, and then click Open.

Step 2: Pick up the most recent version by selecting the Update Now button. Windows Update will automatically download and instal newer updates if they become available. If an optional update requires installation, you’ll see a “Install” button.

If prompted, restart your PC and then open iTunes. If you still get the problem message when you connect your iPhone to iTunes, try restarting your computer. If that’s the case, read on.

Method 2: Changes And Update to iTunes

If Windows updates aren’t solving the problem, then you should update iTunes. If you want to avoid any issues, it’s best to stick to the most recent release.

iTunes Desktop Version

Step 1: Put “apple software update” into the taskbar search box and hit Enter. When you open Apple Software Update, it will check for updates automatically.

Step 2: Select the updates that need to be installed, and then hit the Install button. Proceed with the on-screen prompts to finish updating iTunes.

As long as you’re updating your Apple software, you might as well update iCloud and other related apps while you’re at it.

iTunes Windows Store Version

Step 1: Get to the Windows Store from the start menu. Select Downloads and Updates by clicking the ellipsis icon (three dots) in the Windows Store window’s upper right corner.

Step 2: Click the Download button next to iTunes to check for available updates.

You should make sure the problem is fixed after updating iTunes.

Method 3: Manually Reinstall The Drivers

If the problem persists after updating Windows and iTunes, you may need to reinstall the drivers manually. Connect your iPhone to the computer and close iTunes if it opens automatically before continuing with the remedy appropriate to your version of iTunes.

iTunes Desktop Version

Step 1: Activate Windows Explorer. Then, at the top of the File Explorer window, paste the following path from here into the address bar, and then confirm by clicking OK:

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

Step 2: To instal the driver, choose the usbaapl64.inf file (or usbaapl.inf if you’re running a 32-bit version of iTunes) using your right mouse button.

iTunes Windows Store Version

Step 1: In the taskbar search box, type “device management,” and then click the Open button.

Step 2: The Portable Devices menu item should be expanded. To remove the iPhone, select it, then click the corresponding Uninstall Device option in the context menu.

The Apple iPhone won’t be included under “Portable Devices” anymore. Rest assured, it will be returned to you. Wrap up your Device Manager session.

Step 3: The computer has to be restarted. Upon returning to the desktop, lock your iPhone and close iTunes if it appears.

Step 4: Start up Device Manager again. If you expand the heading “Portable Devices” once more, you’ll notice the Apple iPhone listed under it. As I told you! Once again, right-click it, but this time select Update Driver from the menu that appears.

Step 5: You can have Windows look for updated drivers automatically if you want. When the update process is complete (or if there are no available updates), select Close.

First, you need to disconnect your iPhone from your computer, then restart it. After this, you should never see the “iTunes Is Waiting for Windows Update…” message again.


Using one of the aforementioned workarounds, you should be able to successfully sync your iPhone with your computer. Most likely, you won’t see the “iTunes is waiting for Windows Update to instal the driver for this iPhone” warning again.

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