5 Solutions on How to Fix iPhone Error 4013 When Restoring

The iPhone error 4013 disallows iTunes from updating / restoring your iPhone. "Error 4013" can be caused by some factors. These includes:


  • Downloading a corrupt file or not completing the installation of iTunes software.
  • Virus infection that has damaged the window.
  • Corruption that emanates from a window registry of a recent iTunes related software change.

iPhone restore error 4013 can be a slightly serious problems although there are very convenient ways to fix this problem.

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How to Fix iPhone Error 4013

Solution 1: Try an Alternative for iTunes

iMyFone TunesMate is the best alternative for iTunes which provides an extremely convenient way for you to restore you media files and thereby fixing any case of Error 4013. The features of the iMyFone TunesMate which enables it restore media files are:

  • It gives you an opportunity to back up and restore any iTunes media files you want at any time.
  • Directly transfer media files without iTunes.
  • It moves files without having a fear of your data been deleted unknowingly.
  • iMyFone TuneMates can rebuild iTunes Library from your iPhone.
  • It automatically converts some incompatible files to compatible when you are transferring music.

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1Restoring Media Files from iTunes

Step 1: Launch iMyFone TunesMate on your computer and use a USB cable to connect your iPhone.

Step 2: Click on "Transfer iTunes Media to iDevice." It will scan all the media files from iTunes and show them in a list.


Step 3: All your media files will be automatically highlighted, you can deselect those you do not want to transfer. Then click on the Transfer button.


2Restoring Media Files from Computer

Step 1: Launch iMyFone TunesMate on your computer and use a USB cable to connect your iPhone/iPad/iPod.

Step 2: Click on the media file type(Music/Videos/Photos) you want to transfer.


Step 3: Click on Add>Add File to select media files from your computer.


Step 4: Then click Open to start transfer.


Solution 2: Updating iTunes

Sometimes you might encounter this error when your iTunes need an update. It may be that you have not updated your iTunes to the latest version or perhaps it has been corrupted and this may be what is causing the iTunes error 4013. In this case, you should update your iTunes to the latest version.

To do so, on your iTunes go to Help, then check for updates. If there is a new version available, download it, this will most likely fix the problem.


Solution 3: Resetting All Settings

If the first two solutions don't help you in fixing the trouble, you may consider resetting all settings on your iPhone. Although this method puts you at risk of data loss, you can back up your data to iCloud.

Although this method puts you at risk of data loss you can back up your data to iCloud. To reset all settings follow these steps:

Step 1: Restart your iPhone.

Step 2: Tap on settings, then go to General > Reset and click on Reset All Settings.

Solution 4: Clearing up Space

Sometimes, an iPhone error 4013 occurs when there isn't sufficient space on your device for a new update. So be sure to make enough room to avoid this error.

To clear up space by reinstall apps which are taking up most space , follow these steps:

Step 1: Go General Settings, select Storage & iCloud Usage,

Step 2: Then click on Manage Storage, you will see the list of apps and space that has been occupied.

Manage Storage

Step 3: Clean up space by deleting these apps and reinstalling them.

Doing this may not get rid of the caches at once but repeating it will go a long way in clearing your storage space.

Solution 5: Factory Resetting

To solve this error, you can also try factory resetting of your device.

Here are steps to fix iPhone error 4013 through factory resetting:

Step 1: Ensure you back up your iPhone.

Step 2: Go to phone "Settings" > "General" > "Reset".

Step 3: Click on the "Erase All Content and Settings."

Factory Reset iPhone

Step 4: Enter your password.

Step 5: Tap on "Erase iPhone."

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