iPhone Stuck on Connect to iTunes? Here Are the Solutions (iOS 12 included)!

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The iPhone can get stuck on the "Connect to iTunes" screen which can be a very big problem since you are unable to use the device in any way. When this happens, you can't gain access to the iPhone. There could be lots of reasons why this can happen and they include the latest iOS 12/11.4 update that went wrong, a jailbreak procedure that didn't go quite as planned and other reasons. In this article, we share with you 5 various ways to fix this problem and have your iPhone working normally again even your iPhone is running iOS 12/11 or later.

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5 Methods to Fix iPhone Stuck on "Connect to iTunes" Screen

1. What May Cause the Connect to iTunes Error?

Among others, the following may be the main reasons why your iPhone/iPad/iPod is stuck on the Connect to iTunes Screen:

1. Failed iOS Update

The iTunes logo may appear on the screen of your iOS devices when your ongoing iOS update to iOS 12/11.4 is terminated and failed. This may happen when your iPhone has a low battery life and you have not connect it to a charging cable.

2. Failed Factory Restore

When a regular factory settings restore goes wrong on your iPhone, it could happen that your iPhone will be stuck on the Connect to iTunes screen.

3. Failed Jailbreak

A jailbroken iPhone may bring you much fun, but jailbreaking itself may not for the fact that it goes wrong very easily, especially when you do some unproper operations.

4. Hardware Damage If you have dropped your iPhone or get your iPhone overheating,

2. Force iPhone out of Connect to iTunes with Soft Reset

Try to force restart or soft reset your iPhone is a common way to fix many iOS issues including the connect to iTunes screen. Here is how to conduct a force restart on different iPhone models:

1. Force Restart iPhone iPhone 6s Plus or Earlier

By pressing and holding both wake/sleep and Home buttons simultaneously for at least ten seconds, until you see the Apple logo is displayed on the screen. This should help to remove the iPhone stuck on connect to iTunes issue. If the screen still appears faulty, you have to reinstall the OS on your phone.

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2. Force Resart iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

Since the home button of iPhone 7 series can't be actually pressed down, Apple changed its way of iPhone force restart. Hold both Volume Down and Power concurrently to start the force restart process on iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

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3. Force Restart iPhone 8 or Later

Quickly push in and release the Volume Up button; then do the same on the Volume down button; press and hold down the side button until you see the apple logo. Don't let go if you see the "slide to power off" screen.

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3. Fix iPhone Stuck on Connect to iTunes without Data Loss

If force restarting doesn't fix the problem, we recommend that you try a third party tool. iMyFone Fixppo can be helpful in fixing various iOS related issues. It also works perfectly with the latest iOS 12/11.4. Here are some of its features that make it outstanding.

iMyFone Fixppo iOS Repair Tool (iOS 12/11.4 Supported)

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Key Features:

  • It can help you get a device out of the black screen, white screen , frozen on Apple logo and many other problems without the risk of data loss.
  • With the independently developed technology, iMyFone Fixppo performs better than iTunes. It is a good iTunes alternative which can bypass iTunes error 4013, error 9, error 21 and so on.
  • The feature of this program is one of the features of iMyFone D-Back which was recommended by Cult of Mac, and Makeuseof.
  • It has a free feature - one click to enter or exit recovery mode. You can try this free feature to fix your iPhone stuck on 'Connect to iTunes' screen.
  • It is easy to use and you can do it by yourself.

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Method 1. Fix iPhone Stuck on Connect to iTunes with One Click (Free)

The step is very easy. Just click "Enter/Exit Recovery Mode" on the home page of the program. Then click "Next" on the next screen.

choose Enter/Exit Recovery Mode on the Home page

Now you can click the button "Exit Recovery Mode".

click Exit Recovery Mode

Wait a short while, you device will get back to normal.

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Method 2. Use Standard Mode to Fix iPhone Stuck on Connect to iTunes

If the above method doesn't work, you can try the other feature of iMyFone Fixppo - Standard Mode. This feature will fix the problem without data loss.

Step 1: Connect Your iPhone to Computer

Open the iMyFone Fixppo from your desktop. Now using the USB cable connect your iPhone and computer and then choose the "Standard Mode" from the home screen.

Choose the Standard mode

Step 2: Initiate Downloading of Firmware

The software is programmed to automatically identify your iPhone. To fix your phone, iMyFone Fixppo will install the latest iOS version on your iPhone using their innovative technology. The program identifies your device and offers the latest and compatible version of OS required for your phone. All you have to do is press "Download" after the firmware is provided.

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It will take some time for the firmware to be downloaded so you have to be patient. After the downloading, the program will verifying the firmware and extract the software automatically.

wait for the download

Step 3: Make Your iPhone Functional

When everything is ready, you just need to click "Start", and iMyFone Fixppo will start running the repair process to make your iPhone working again. You iPhone will be booted after repairing to make it functional. You can now use your iPhone with all data preserved accurately.

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Next time when you unfortunately meet such a problem when upgrading to iOS 12/11.4 or later, or in other situations, you can choose iMyFone Fixppo to help you out. Download the iMyFone Repair Tool for iOS System to give it a shot.

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4. Reinstall iOS to Bypass Connect to iTunes (Data Lost)

To unfreeze your iPhone from Connect to iTunes screen, you can also reinstall iOS using iTunes. Please kindly note that you will lost all the data and settings on your iPhone. This is usually the last method to fix the iOS issues. Follow these simple steps to completely reinstall iOS:

Step 1: Establish a connection between iPhone and computer using the USB cable that is provided with your device. If iTunes can't recognize your iPhone, try to uninstall it and reinstall the lastest version. Then your iPhone will be detected in recovery mode and you will be offered with 2 option on the screen.

 Reinstall iOS on iPhone

Step 2: Now just click on Restore iPhone which will start a clean installation of your iOS. Your personal data and settings will be lost. Your iPhone will restarted after restoring.

5. Check Hardware at Apple Store

If none of the above tips work, hardware problem could be the reason that causes your iPhone stuck on connect to iTunes screen. We recommend that you make an appointment with Apple and check the hardware at Apple store.

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Note: Before fixing this kind of iPhone problem, please make a backup of your iPhone selectively or fully.