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How to Recover Empty iTunes Library After iTunes Update

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Tata Davis

September 7, 2017 (Updated: November 3, 2017)• Filed to: iTunes Issues

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Why is my iTunes library empty after update ? It’s a common problem you may meet after you upgrade your iTunes to a new version. You may find all of your songs and artworks are gone from your iTunes library, which would be a horrible thing. Actually, don’t be worried, if you have met it! There are two solutions to fix this problem and we also give your one method to rebuild your iTunes library from iPhone and iPod.

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Two Methods to Recover iTunes Library

How to Recover from Your iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch 

The best and most effective way to restore your iTunes library from your iOS devices is to use a third-party application known as iMyFone iOS Manager . This software is good at restoring your iTunes library from one and more iOS devices. To crown it all, it can restore your iTunes library with just a click and minimal hassle. If you’ve been struggling with iTunes, then consider a file manager like iMyFone TunesMate.

Here are the Features of iMyFone TunesMate.

  • iMyFone TunesMate offers you 100% successful sync between iPhone and iTunes, with no risk of data loss, it won’t erase any original data on iPhone while transferring.
  • Both purchased and non-purchased music can be transferred with iMyFone Tunesmate freely.
  • Multi-way sync feature is available with iMyFone TunesMate. You can either sync your iTunes media library to iPhone, or from iPhone to iTunes, or from PC to iPhone, or from iPhone to PC.
  • Rebuild your iTunes library by simply transferring files from iPhone/iPad to iTunes, to get back your lost iOS files like music, photos, videos, etc.

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11-Click to Restore iTunes Library from iPod/iPad/iPhone

Step 1: Connect your iPod/iPad/iPhone to computer and launch iMyFone TunesMate.

Step 2: Click “Transfer iDevice Media to iTunes” on the home interface. Click “Start” to search the files.


Step 3: Ensure the media types you want to restore are properly checked, and click “Start” again for the files to copy, then click “Complete” and you are done.


2Restore iTunes Library Selectively from iPod/iPad/iPhone

You can also export your media files(Music/Videos/Photos) to iTunes Selectively.

Step 1: As before, plug in your device to your PC and launch iMyFone TunesMate.


Step 2: Click on the “Music”(or Videos / Photos) tab at the top of interface. Check the items you want transferred. Click "Export" and choose “Export to iTunes”, and the playlist with all music in it will definitely be restored in iTunes library.


How to Recover iTunes Library from the Last Version of iTunes

Before you follow the steps below, ensure that you have the latest version of iTunes.

Step 1: Quit iTunes.

Step 2: Go to the iTunes folder that has the iTunes library files:

Mac: From the menu bar at the top of your computer screen, select Go > Home. Open the Music folder, and then open the iTunes folder.

Windows: Navigate to \Users\username\Music\iTunes\.


Step 3: Drag the iTunes file straight to your Desktop. open the former iTunes Libraries folder in the iTunes folder,

Step 4: Locate the file named iTunes Library YYYY/MM/DD where YYYY/MM/DD is the iTunes was updated by you (Year-Month-Day).

Step 5: Perhaps you didn’t see a previous iTunes Libraries or a recent YYYY/MM/DD file, your iTunes Library file might be in a custom location. Look for the previous iTunes Libraries on your computer to find the most recent YYYY-MM-DD, then proceed with step 6.

Step 6: Chose the file, then press Ctrl + C (Windows) or Cmd + C (Mac).

Step 7: Press Alt + Up arrow (Windows) or Cmd + Up arrow (Mac).

Step 8: Press Ctrl + V (Windows) or Cmd + V (Mac).

Step 9: Copy the YYYY-MM-DD file into your iTunes folder. Rename the copied "iTunes” (without the quotation marks).

Step 10: Hold down the Shift key (Windows) or the Option key (Mac) and open iTunes.

Step 11: Select iTunes Library, click Choose Library. Point iTunes to the file you renamed in step 9.


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