Bugs and minor hiccups are to be expected with all major releases, specially if they are of the magnitude of an entire operating system. iOS 8.3 made a very good first impression, with users immediately taking to the new Emoji layout. Just a few days on though, it turned out that everything was not all rosy. Users started complaining about Touch ID problems, and there was even talk of reverting to iOS 8.2 for the time being. Another chronic genre of problems that has plagued many previous iOS version are iTunes sync issues. With iOS 8.3 (and iOS 8.2 before it) a lot of users saw iTunes 12 playing unpleasant tricks on their iPhone. If you are one of them, read on and see how you can resolve all the iTunes sync issues hounding your iDevice right now.
iTunes sync issues aren’t just limited to hindering users from moving their data between devices. These errors can make parts of your data disappear after you have updated to iOS 8.3, or you might have problems with recovering in-app purchases.
Before you get into some complicated steps to fix any recurring iTunes sync issues, make sure you have the latest version of iTunes installed on your PC or Mac. Currently, iTunes 12 is the most recent software by Apple, and can be downloaded by heading to the link at the end of this post.
Once you have ensured that your iTunes version is compatible with iOS 8, but the issues persist, here is what you can do to fix them.
- The problems are not likely to be with iTunes, and you have to fix the syncing options of your iDevice. This can be done by connecting the iPhone with iTunes, and right-clicking the device’s icon within iTunes.
- From the resulting menu, uncheck both Wi-Fi syncing and automatic syncing options. This might sound like making the problem worse, but it really does fix iTunes sync issues for most users so please bear with us.
- Make sure you actually apply the changes made in the previous step.
- Restart your device while still connected to iTunes.
- Kill iTunes.
- Restart iTunes, and re-enable both options disabled in step 2.
iTunes should now start syncing your iOS 8.3 device as it normally does, but if it doesn’t, you might have no alternative except reverting to iOS 8.2. Good luck!