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If You See iTunes Error -54, Here Is the Fix!

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Aaron Donald

June 29, 2017 (Updated: July 14, 2020)• Filed to: Transfer iPhone Media

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There are a lot of problems that you can potentially face when you’re trying to sync or back up your iPhone on iTunes. Some of these can be various annoying errors, including iTunes error -54. You may have faced this error when you tried to sync last, and now you’re wondering what it means. Let’s go over the causes and solutions for error -54, and what you might do to fix the root of the problem.

Why You Keep Getting iTunes Error (-54)?

There are lots potential causes for iTunes sync unknown error -54, but it all comes down to a permissions problem. Somewhere down the line of the technology that you’re using, there is a process that doesn’t have the correct permissions. How does this error suddenly pop up when everything was working fine before? This can occur for a number of reasons:

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  • You upgraded apps on your iOS device. This can cause a variety of temporary incompatibilities. Keep vigilant whenever you update.
  • iOS failed to update correctly. Maybe iOS tried to update, but somehow this update was corrupted.
  • You haven’t updated iTunes. To keep iTunes running at its best, you need to update it regularly.
  • iTunes failed to update, or the update is corrupt.
  • A virus or malicious program damaged your system. If you use Windows, you should always run an anti-virus. Malicious software can corrupt your system, and will usually affect more applications than just iTunes.

8 Tips to Fix iTunes Sync Error -54

Here are some tips that you can use to troubleshoot error 54 iTunes and get iTunes to work again after iTunes error -54:

Tip 1: Authorize Computer in iTunes

This is especially relevant if you just got a new computer. To authorize it, go to “Store” in iTunes and iTunes should ask you to put in your Apple ID and authorize the computer if it is not authorized already.

Tip 2: iTunes Is Up to Date

Needless to say, things work better when they are up to date. Make sure that your iTunes is the latest version.

Tip 3: iTunes Folder Should Have Correct Permissions

If for some reason the iTunes folder on your hard drive lacks the correct permissions, then iTunes cannot write to it, which means your sync may not work. Find your iTunes folder—it should be in your “Music” folder—and right click it, then choose “Properties.” Make sure that the box next to “Read Only” is not checked. If it is, then uncheck it.

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Tip 4: All the Media Is In the iTunes Folder

Sometimes a sync can fail for a variety of reasons if the music and videos in your library are spread all over your system. Try moving them all to your iTunes folder and see if that helps get rid of the sync error.

Tip 5: Check for a Virus

Viruses and malware can mess up a lot of things on your computer, and you might not even notice them until something stops working—like the syncing function on iTunes. If you keep getting an error, try scanning for a virus with anti-virus software. Quarantine and delete it if you find one.

Tip 6: Run iTunes as an Administrator

Sometimes the reason for the permissions problem is that you simply don’t have permission as a user to sync your files. Try signing in as an administrator and see if you can sync then.

Tip 7: Upgrade iOS

iOS can also act funny if it hasn’t been upgraded in a long time. Try to update to the latest version you can and see if that helps.

Tip 8: Use iTunes Alternative to Sync Data

Finally, if all else fails and you can’t get it to work at all, then consider using an iTunes alternative sync your data instead. Such a good alternative is iMyFone TunesMate which is an all-in-one solution to do what iTunes can or cannot. It has iTunes key features to transfer, manage, sync, back up and restore --- all while bypassing many of iTunes’ restrictions.

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Key Features:

  • Sync files to iPhone from computer/iTunes without losing any data.
  • Sync iPhone files to iTunes library or computer or external hard drive.
  • Back up iPhone files and data, and restore backups to iPhone anytime.
  • Manage iPhone/iTunes library by adding, deleting, editing, transferring, etc.
  • Support to sync music, movies, playlists, podcasts, audiobooks, TV shows, photos, etc.
  • Share files between unlimited iDevices, even devices with a different Apple ID.
  • TunesMate is regarded as a perfect iTunes alternative by lots of users and well-known media.

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Steps to Sync Files to from iTunes to iPhone:

  1. Launch iMyFone TunesMate on your computer and connect your iDevice.
  2. Click on “Transfer iTunes Media to iDevice” tab on TunesMate.
  3. Check the files that you want to sync and click on “Transfer” to begin.

A Trick to Fix iTunes Error -54 on a Windows 10 Computer

Sometimes, you may face this error after upgrading Windows 10. In that case, try this solution and see if it finally works:

1. Go to “Start > File Explorer.”
2. Go to your Music folder.
3. Find your iTunes folder and right click it. Go to “Properties.”

4. As described earlier, uncheck the box next to “Read-Only” if it is checked.
5. Click on “Apply” and then “OK” to save the settings.
6. When it asks you to confirm, tick the bubble next to “Apply changes to this folder, subfolder, and files,” then click “OK.”
7. Go to the Security tab in Properties.
8. Click on System, and make sure that the box under “Allow” is ticked for “Full Control.” If not, then tick the box and click “OK.”

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