If iPad won’t show up on iTunes, then you don’t need to worry because we’ve shared a good number of troubleshooting solutions that can help you out of this situation.

Start with the Easy Way Out: Fix “iTunes Not Detecting iPad”

If the obvious tips fail to fix your iTunes, or you don’t want to waste time on manual trying, run iMyFone TunesFix to easily fix this “iTunes not detecting iPad” issue.

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Step 1: Open TunesFix and it will automatically detect your iTunes and its necessary components. If your iTunes is damaged, TunesFix will show you the specific error.

Step 2: If your iTunes is complete, you will be brought to the home interface. Select “Repair iTunes Connect Issues”.

TunesFix screenshot

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TunesFix screenshot

Take the Obvious Tips to Fix “iTunes Not Detecting iPad”

There are some obvious solutions that most users may try first. Check below to see you have tried it or not. If not, try it first. But if the problem persists, then you can follow other methods.

1 Force Restart iPhone

Many iPad users are complaining that it freezes often and something undetected by iTunes. But force restarting your iPad can help you when iTunes does not recognize iPad. It will also make a frozen iPad come back to life again.

Step 1: Press and hold the Power and Home button together for about 10 seconds.
Step 2: Release your hold when Apple logo appears on your iPad screen.

Force Restart

2 Restart Computer

If force restarting your iPad Pro does not solve the undetected iPad issues, then close your programs, save your works and restart your PC. We are including this option in the list of solutions to “iPad doesn’t show up on iTunes” because you may have been using your PC for too long a time, hence there is a need for a restart. Once your PC has restarted, your iPad should appear on iTunes.

3 Make Sure Your iTunes is Up to Date

Here are the steps to update your iTunes software:

  • On Mac: Launch iTunes and click on the following tabs “iTunes > Check for Updates”. Then install the latest version of iTunes by following the onscreen guide.
  • On Windows: Launch iTunes and click on the following tabs “Help > Check for Updates”. Then install the latest version of iTunes by following the onscreen guide.
Update iTunes

4 Try Another USB Cable or Port

Could it be that your lightning cable is not original? If you purchased your iPad as a second hand or bought a new lightning cable from a small store, then you need to try another USB cable to see if that is the problem why your iPad is undetected by iTunes.

You should also try using another USB port other than the one your iPad cable is plugged into.

5 Respond to “Trust This Computer”

When you plug in your iPad to a computer for the first time, it will require you to trust the computer before giving you access to all its data and files. Sometimes, if you’re not quick in trusting the computer, this notification may go. So, plug in your iPad and check for this notification before looking out for your iPad icon on iTunes menu bar.

Trust This Computer

Other Possible Solutions to "iTunes Not Recognizing iPad"

We believe by now the problem should have been rectified. But if you don’t want to buy, here are still other free ways you can try. But it should take you so much time.

1 Reset Location and Privacy Settings on iPad

If you ever mistakenly pressed “Don’t Trust” in time past, your iPad won’t show up in iTunes, and the message won’t pop up again when you connect your iPad. Here is a way to fix it.

Step 1: Since the “Trust this Computer” is stored in “Location and Privacy Setting” on your iPad, you have to reset it by going to “Settings > General > Reset > Reset Location & Privacy”.
Step 2: Plug in your iPad to your computer, the trust your computer.

Reset location

2 Update Apple’s Windows Drivers

If the Apple drivers on your Windows PC can’t recognize your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch anymore, then the drivers need to be updated or reinstalled.

Step 1: Close your iTunes and plug your iPad into your computer.

Step 2: Press “Windows” key and “Pause” key at the same time and choose “Device Manager”.

Step 3: Search for your iOS device under “Portable Devices” by right-clicking on it and choose “Update Driver Software”.

Device manager

Step 4: Click “Browse My Computer for Driver Software > Let Me Pick From a list of Device Driver on My Computer > Have Disk.

Step 5: On the “Install from Disk” window click the Browse button. Navigate to C:\Program Files\Common File\Apple\Mobile Device. Support\Drivers\usbaapl64.inf. Double-click the usbaapl64.inf file to select it, then click OK in the “Install from Disk window”.

Your Apple’s Windows drivers will automatically reinstall, and your device will be recognized by iTunes.