Have you tried to update to iOS 10, only to be faced with an iTunes Error 53. Fear not because you are not alone. This is one of the most common problems faced when people attempt to upgrade their iOS device to a new firmware and, luckily there is an easy way to solve the problem. The error will normally appear when you are updating or restoring your iPhone and iTunes is running. You will normally see something along the lines of “The iPhone could not be restored. An unknown error occurred (53)“.
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What Causes iTunes Error 53 ?
This error has been linked to a security feature, particularly on the latest iPhones with the Touch ID Home button, in specific, when the Touch ID button has been replaced because of a fault. Some people have unfortunately found that on an iPhone 6 where the Touch ID button has been restored, their iPhone has encountered the error and subsequently been bricked, or rendered useless. The error tends to occur during an update to a newer firmware and it isn’t always on a Touch ID device.
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How to Fix iTunes Error 53 :
There are 6 different solutions to this issue:
- Clean Your Registry Files
Whenever you install/install programs, a small part of them is left behind and these can interfere with the program you are trying to use, in this case, iTunes. Cleaning your registry will stop that from happening and will also speed up your PC.
- Clear out the Junk
Cache files tend to build up, every time you download and install programs or visit websites. These should be cleared out on a regular basis to ensure your PC is running at peak performance and there’s nothing to interfere with iTunes. After clearing your cache, restart your PC, connect back up to iTunes and try again.
- Update Windows
This is perhaps the most logical fix. Whenever Microsoft this there is a problem with Windows, it will issue an update so it is vital that you install all of the essential updates on a regular basis. Download and install any that are waiting and then trying iTunes again, to see if the error has been resolved.
- Update your PC Drivers
Out of date or corrupted device drivers may be a cause of the iTunes error 53. Ensure that all of your device drivers are fully up to date before trying to update or restore your iPhone through iTunes again.
- Uninstall and Reinstall iTunes
Sometimes, the only thing that will help is to remove iTunes altogether, and then reinstall it. Restart your PC and see if the error has gone
- Use your Original Touch ID Button When Restoring
Remember that replacing your Touch ID button can cause problems. If you still have the original one, use it when you are updating or restoring your iPhone or iPad.
- Update the iOS Firmware
Apple has provided a fix for this issue, provided you previously updated your device to iOS 9.2.1 or later. If you didn’t, you need to do so before you attempt to update to iOS 10. You can force install the firmware by downloading it to your computer first and then installing using iTunes and the IPSW method.
If none of the above works, your iPhone will need to be returned to Apple for repair.
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