"Hi, I upgraded to Windows 10 a couple weeks ago. It was not a smooth transition, but with HP help they were able to get it running just fine. However, I just connected my iphone 5S and Itunes didn't open automatically or recognize the phone. Then I download the iTunes alternative-Leawo iTransfer to help me finish transfer works, but I found that it doesn't recognize my iPhone, either. HELP!"

If you have recently upgraded to Microsoft Windows 10 operating system and found that iTunes no longer detected your iPhone, you are not the only one. Many users are reportedly complaining about "iTunes not recognizing iPhone in Windows 10" issue following the Windows 10 upgrade. Some Leawo iTransfer users also report the issue of the software not recognizing iPhone in Windows 10 computers. That's because the software scans and gets files from both iTunes and iPhone to help users transfer files between iTunes, computers and iPhone. Therefore, if your iTunes does not recognize iPhone in Windows 10, the software can't work well. No worries. In this post we are going to tell you how to fix iTunes not recognizing iPhone in Windows 10 computers. Once you solve the iTunes issue, Leawo iTransfer can also recognize your iPhone well.

Part 1: What Causes "iTunes Not Recognizing iPhone in Windows 10"

The problems to cause iTunes not recognizing iPhone in Windows 10 can be various. You can refer to the following aspects to check and fix this issue.
1. Maybe your iTunes version is outdated and you need to update it to the latest version to ensure it to work normally.

2. Maybe there is something wrong with the USB cord you are using. You can change a new cable to have a try.

3. Maybe your computer system needs to update. You can check out your Windows system and access to new updates to handle this issue.

4. Maybe your iPhone system version needs to be updated. You can go to “General” tab on iPhone to check for iOS updating and follow the on-screen instructions to make it.

If you fail to settle iTunes not recognizing iPhone in Windows 10 by trying the 4 methods shown above, you can continue to read Part 2 to help you to realize your goal.

Part 2: How to Fix iTunes Not Recognizing iPhone in Windows 10

Before You Begin:

  • Make sure that you have the button Trust this computer on your iPhone when connecting to your PC.
  • Make sure that you have installed all Windows updates. This is to make sure that your computer device drivers are up to date.
  • Make sure your iPhone USB cable works well.
  • Make sure your iOS device is turned on.
  • Make sure you have the latest version of iTunes installed.
  • Now, the following solution may help you fix the iTunes issue if you found that your iTunes does not recognize iPhone in Windows 10 computer.

    Step 1. Connect your iPhone to computer and wait for some time until the device is recognised.

    Step 2. Right-click "Computer", Go to "Device Manager". Then expand category "Universal Serial Bus controllers" and locate "Apple Mobile Device USB Driver".

    Step 3. Right-click "Apple Mobile Device USB Driver" and click "Update Driver Software". On the pop-out window, choose "Browse my computer for driver software".

    Step 4. Then choose "Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer".

    Step 5. Click "Have Disk…" button.

    Step 6. Click "Browse".

    Step 7. Navigate to "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\Drivers". Then double-click the usbaapl file. If you have a 64-bit version of Windows, this file will be called usbaapl64.

    If you don’t see usbaapl64 here or if there isn’t a Drivers folder, look in "C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\Drivers".

    Then you need to install the driver for your Windows 10. After installing, unplug your iPhone, then reconnect it using USB cable. Open your iTunes and see if your iPhone can be detected or recognized by iTunes.

    Part 3: Top 3 iTunes Alternatives

    If you are fed up with iTunes, you can resort to other iTunes alternatives to assist you, such as Leawo iTransfer, Foobar, MusicBee and etc. The following paragraphs will introduce you these three tools in detail.

    3.1 Leawo iTransfer

    Leawo iTransfer is a powerful iPad, iPod and iPhone transfer program which makes the data transfers among iOS devices, iTunes and PCs incredibly easy, and it also helps backup iPhone, iPad and iPod data to computer. With the iPhone/iPad/iPod software, all popular files like apps, music, videos, SMS, contacts, and so on can be transferred in lossless quality.

    This professional iPod/iPad/iPhone transfer software is regarded as one of the best iTunes alternatives, but it does more than iTunes does. No matter where you get the files, the data transfers of the iOS devices can be easily done without the synchronization of iTunes.


    Leawo iTransfer 

    ☉ Transfer files among iOS devices, iTunes and PCs with ease.
    ☉ Transfer up to 14 kinds of data and files without iTunes.
    ☉ Support the latest iOS devices like iPhone X, iPhone XR, etc.
    ☉ Play back, view, and delete data and files on iOS devices.

    Step 1. Insert iPhone into PC

    Run the program on your computer and then connect iPhone with computer with proper USB cord. Leawo iTransfer will automatically detect your device and show its info in the right part of the interface.


    Step 2. View iPhone Contacts
    Hit on the iPhone icon and then tap on the file category under the menu of “LIBRARY” that you desire to transfer to computer from iPhone. Here I would like to take contacts for instance. Hit “Contacts” and you will see your contacts on iPhone in the right part of the window.


    Step 3. Export Contacts to Computer
    Select the contact items and then click on “Export” to send iPhone contacts to computer. In the pop-up panel, select a folder on computer to save the exported iPhone contacts in the format of VCF.


    With a few clicks, you can access your iPhone files on computer with the assistance of Leawo iTransfer at ease. Its powerful functions have attracted numerous users all over the world to make use of it to deal with various transfer issues.

    3.2 Foobar

    Foobar is an amazing audio player, which can be used on iDevices and computer to play music instead of iTunes. It can support various audio formats, including MP3, MP4, AAC, Vorbis, Opus, FLAC, WavPack, WAV, AIFF, and Musepack. The gapless playback of it will amuse music lovers to a great degree. It is also equipped with the feature of ReplayGain support to realize the goal of automatic playback volume adjustment. Users can also playback and download songs from UPnP media servers. Its skin files can be customized, which is quite user-friendly.


    3.3 MusicBee

    MusicBee is a famous music management tool and audio player, which enables users to manage, find and play songs on computer and mobile devices conveniently. The UI design of it is nice and you can use it to create a playlist and play it anywhere you prefer. It is also available for you to share the current music to your friends via Mail, iMessage, Facebook, and Twitter. It can also build the playlist by choosing your favorite songs from your music library on iPad.


    Part 4: Comparision among iTransfer, foobar, and MusicBee






    a) Transfer 12 kinds of files among iTunes, computer, and iDevices safely
    b) Manage the playlists of the iOS devices and iTunes without limits

    a) Play audios on mobile devices and computer
    b) Support the format of  MP3, MP4, AAC, Vorbis, Opus, FLAC, WavPack, WAV, AIFF, and Musepack
    c) Adjust playback volume automatically

    a)  Manage and play audios on devices
    b) Create a playlist for music enjoyment
    c) Sync music collection with devices







    Customized skin

    Nice design


    Windows and Mac

    Mobile devices of  Android and iOS,  Windows

    Win7/ Win8/ Win10,  iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch with  iOS 8.0 or later

    As you can see, Leawo iTransfer is the best file manager and transfer tool for you to choose when you encounter diverse transfer issues. If you desire to find a good music player on your devices and computer, Foobar and MusicBee may assist you much better. You need to apply proper software to deal with different cases in your daily life. It is really sensible for you to download and install Leawo iTransfer in case some annoying transfer issues happen or you desire to back up your files for later use.