What is iTunes Error 3?

iTunes error 3 occurs when you are trying to restore your iDevice via iTunes. Sometimes the error occurs even when you are trying to restore your iDevice using the recovery mode. The problem can get even worse if your iDevice freezes during the error as there is not much you can do in that situation. According to some users, the error seems to be related to a hardware issue in the iDevice. And if the error is not occurring due to a hardware issue, then there are some ways to get rid of error 3 for good so you can conveniently restore your iDevice via iTunes.

How to Fix iTunes Error 3

Following are some ways to fix iTunes error 3:

1. Use iMyFone TunesFix

iMyFone TunesFix is a reliable iTunes repairing tool which is capable of fixing all kinds of iTunes problems and errors, including error 3. You will simply need to download, install, and run the tool and it will automatically detect the issue in your iTunes after scanning it. Any problem related to iTunes can be fixed via the Repair button of TunesFix. And if for some reason the error is not detected via automatic scanning, then you have an option to try other manual modes as well.

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Steps to Fix the Issue:

Step 1: Launch iMyFone TunesFix on your computer. If iTunes error 3 is detected via the automatic scanning of TunesFix, then fix it via the Repair button.

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Step 2: If the error is not detected via the automatic scanning, then it is recommended that you click on Fix Other iTunes Problems mode from the home screen of the software.

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Step 3: Now click on the Repair button displayed on the next screen. TunesFix will start the iTunes repairing process. Internet connection may be required so it is recommended that you keep your internet stable during the entire repairing process.

2. Other Solutions

Following are some other solutions you can try:

a.Restart iTunes

A simple restart of iTunes will probably fix the issue as some users had success with it. It is recommended that you close iTunes, unplug your iDevice from your computer and then plug it back in, and after that reopen iTunes and try to restore your iDevice. It is likely that the error 3 will not occur after these steps. If the problem persists, then it is recommended that you restart both your computer and your iDevice and then repeat the above-mentioned steps.

b.Try Another USB Cable

Make sure that your USB cable is properly working. It would be a good idea to try another USB cable to connect your iDevice to your computer and then try the restore process. If the problem persists, then it is recommended that you try different USB ports of your computer when plugging in your iDevice.

c.Update iTunes

iTunes updates bring various bug fixes and new features. It is likely that the problem will be solved after you update iTunes to the latest version. Updating iTunes is quite easy so it is definitely worth a try.

Follow these instructions to update iTunes:

1. Launch iTunes on your computer.
2. Navigate to Help > Check for Updates section.
3. Now iTunes will check for available updates. If an update is found, then follow the on-screen instructions to update iTunes to the latest version.

d.Disable Antivirus Software

Sometimes antivirus and security softwares conflict with iTunes and prevent it from communicating with Apple update servers. So, it would be a good idea to temporarily disable the antivirus or any other security software before attempting to restore your iDevice via iTunes. You can re-enable them once your iDevice is successfully restored.


iTunes error 3 can be really annoying as it prevents you from restoring your iDevice via iTunes. Fortunately, there are a few solutions you can try to get rid of this error for good. It is recommended that you try to fix the error via TunesFix before trying the other manual solutions. This is because iMyFone TunesFix can save you a lot of time and effort when repairing such issues.

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