Fix iPhone Stuck on ‘Connect to iTunes’ Screen After iOS 12 Update

Have you ever faced any kind of problems on accessing your iPhone/iPad after upgrading to iOS 12? If you are an iPhone user then I think that there are several kind of errors that you have to come across, right?

This is somewhere true also and a kind of frustration that obviously no user wants to come across.

We all iPhone users want to access our phone without any problem but there are something that always exist and users experience different kind of errors on their phones.

Here I am talking about iPhone stuck on “Connect to iTunes” screen that seems a big issue after updating your device to iOS 12.

This problem completely stops you from accessing your device in any way. So in this blog post, today we will discuss about iPhone stuck on “Connect to iTunes” screen and the best possible ways to get rid of it.

You don’t have to worry about the error as I will show you best ways to fix the error and its easier than you think. Because I have tried out all the methods that I have mentioned below and want you to follow them carefully.

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So let us start…

About iPhone Stuck with Connect to iTunes screen

Generally, many of iPhone users have already experienced this problem where their phone stuck on “Connect to iTunes” screen problem. This stops them from using their phone and somewhere bit difficult to get out of it soon.

The reasons for such error occurs when users fails to jailbreak their iPhone accurately. Even when you try to upgrade your device to any latest version such as iOS 12 but unfortunately, something goes wrong.

Some other reasons can also lead to such problem and so its time to bring out the frustration completely and solve the error as soon as possible.

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User experience

“I plugged my iPhone 6S to iTunes on my computer one day to ready updating the newest iOS 11, and it worked fine until an unknown error popped up mid update so I pressed cancel and unplugged my iPhone but on my iPhone it just told me to plug my phone into iTunes but every time I plug it.My phone is now stuck on “Connect to iTunes screen“after iOS 11 beta upgrade. I can turn it on and off and reset it but it is still stuck on the screen.Who can help me out of this loop? Much thanks!”


What are the causes that leads “Connect to iTunes” Error?

Few reasons you already noted previously and here are again some of the common reasons that can occur and lead to such unwanted situations. Not on;y iPhone users but even iPad/iPod Touch users can experience such problem.

Failed iOS update– When you are hurry to upgrade your device to iOS 12 or any other latest version but goes wrong somewhere then iTunes logo may appear. Especially, when your iPhone is not fully charged and having low battery, that time it is possible to come across such error.

Jailbreak failed– Many users just love to jailbreak their phone but sometimes this can really put you in big problem. Going wrong way by doing some, improper operations can lead to a big issue.

Factory restore failed– Many times a regular factory settings restore may go wrong on iPhone and the result will be that your iPhone stuck on connect to iTunes screen

Damage in hardware– Sometimes, either you drop your device accidentally or the hardware gets damaged due to overheating or something else then the problem is sure to occur.

After going through the common causes that can lead to the above error on your iPhone, now I am sure you are looking to know about the methods that will help you to solve the error.

So let us begin with the solutions…

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How to fix iPhone stuck on “Connect to iTunes” screen after iOS 12 update

There are different methods that are tested properly and have shown positive results to get rid of the error. So its better to go through each of them once and solve the unwanted error immediately.

Method 1: Force restart iPhone to get rid of the error

Doing force restart or soft reset on iPhone is one of the easiest and best solutions to fix several iPhone issues like connect to iTunes problem. So know the force restart process of different iPhone models:

For iPhone 6S/6S Plus or older version

Press and hold Wake/Sleep and Home button for ten seconds until Apple logo appears on the screen. After this, your phone starts normally and the error you were coming across will be resolved.

For iPhone 7/7 Plus

If you know about iPhone 7 then the Home button is not pressed down and so the process of force restart is changed. You have to hold both Volume Down and Power button together to force restart your iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.

For iPhone 8/8 Plus/X/XR/XS/XS Max

Immediately push and release Volume Up button, then press Volume Down button and after that press and hold down the side button until Apple logo appears.

Doing this process will help you to get rid of the error you are coming across, but if you still face the same situation then move to next method.

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Method 2: Reinstall iOS to fix iPhone stuck on ‘connect to iTunes’ screen

When the above method does not fix the error then try to re-install the iOS of your iPhone. To do this, ensure your computer is having the latest version of iTunes.

NOTE– Going through this method will erase all your data from your phone, so make sure you backup all essential data in safe place.

Step 1: First, connect your iPhone to PC via USB cable. After this put your phone in recovery mode where you will get a message saying, “There’s a problem with the iPhone [your device name] that requires it to be updated or restored“.

Step 2: Now tap on “Update” to begin the re-installation of iOS and don’t worry about data loss. Ensure not to tap on “Restore” because this will not install iOS on iPhone.

Step 3: Now check if the problem still exists. If so then move to next method

Method 3: Use TinyUmbrella to fix the iPhone error

TinyUmbrella is a popular hybrid tool that is basically used to fix iPhone stuck on iTunes screen error. Though many times it does not show you best results but you should give a try once. Follow the steps below to move ahead:

Step 1: First, download TinyUmbrella from official website on Windows or Mac (

Step 2: Connect your iPhone to system and launch TinyUmbrella

Step 3: Now you can see your device is detected automatically

Step 4: Its time to tap on “Exit Recovery” button and wait for sometime until TinyUmbrella fixes your phone

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Method 4: Fix iPhone stuck with “Connect to iTunes” screen without data loss

When the above methods don’t work for you then the last option left is using a powerful tool to get out of the situation. As I have promised you to give you the best way to deal with such error, so here it is for you.

Using iOS System Repair is one of the easiest and best tool that will help you to get rid of any iPhone issues and problems. This professional tool easily fixes iPhone stuck on “Connect to iTunes” screen.

This tool is designed for iOS errors and it solves any kind of error like iPhone stuck on recovery mode, iPhone stuck on black screen/white screen, iPhone stuck on Apple logo, jailbreak issues etc.

It works effectively for iOS devices (iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch) and supports every iOS versions (iOS 12 supported). So now, there is nothing to worry about, simply Download iOS System Repair and fix iPhone stuck with “Connect to iTunes” screen.

Steps to follow to resolve iPhone error

Step 1: Connect your iOS device

First launch iOS System Recovery and then select ‘Repair’ option

After that, connect your iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch) to your PC via USB cable. When the software detects your device then click on “Start” to continue the process.

After that, it will display the device information like model name, system version, baseband version etc and then click on Next to continue.

Step 2: Boot your iOS device in DFU mode

If you face problem in your iOS device that it is not functioning normally then the software will remind you to boot the device in DFU mode. After that follow the instructions to boot your idevice in DFU mode.

  • First power off your iPhone
  • Press and hold Volume down button and power button all together for 10 seconds
  • Now release the power button but hold Volume down button until DFU mode comes on the device

Steps to boot other devices in DFU mode:

  1. Switch off your iPhone.
  2. After that press and hold, the Power button and Home button together for 10 seconds.
  3. Now release the Power button but hold the Home button until the device is in DFU mode.

Step 3: Select and download the firmware

If you want a successful recovery then select the correct model and firmware and after that click on Download.

As the firmware is large so it may take some time to download completely. In between, you make sure that network is good. If you face any trouble in downloading firmware then you can simply click on Copy to download the firmware from Apple official site and select to restore download firmware.

Step 4: Fix iOS to normal status

After the download is finished, click on “Fix Now” to begin repairing your iOS and make your device to work normally again.

At last, when the entire process completes, your iOS devices will restart into normal mode as usual. If the device does not boot normally then click on Try Again to start the process.

BONUS TIPS- Other ways to solve “Connect to iTunes” screen on iPhone

When your iPhone stuck on the above error mentioned then apart from the above methods that I have discussed, you can also follow the below tips to get rid of the error. They are:

  • Update OS X
  • Try to unplug extra USB devices
  • Update iTunes
  • Either update, disable or remove your PCs security software


This is the situation that might occur to any iOS users and so, you and other users should be careful of such unwanted situations. The most disgusting situation is data loss that nobody want to face.

I would simply suggest you to always backup all your crucial data in safe place so that whenever you come across any kind of errors, then you can handle it in better way.

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