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Mac Not Recognizing iPhone: Fix It With Easy Tricks

Sometimes the Apple device users may face abrupt trouble such as Mac not recognizing iPhone. Due to this problem, it becomes difficult to sync work-related photos and documents between the Mac laptop And iPhone. When you are in this situation, the most difficult thing is to arrange applications in the iPhone’s home screen with the help of iTunes. The problem might appear due to confliction between various application softwares. If you are dealing with this kind of situation, then this guide is for you. Here, we are going to discuss some of the efficient solutions that can help you to get rid of the issue.

Efficient Solution to Fix Mac doesn’t Recognize iPhone Issue

Here, we going to discuss some easy and efficient solutions that can help you to resolve the problem with your iOS device. Go through the steps which are written in the following part of the article and fix the problem on your own.

Method 1: Check for iOS Device in the System Information Menu

If you are dealing with the problem Mac not recognizing iPhone, then you can follow the steps which are mentioned below.

Step 1

At first, disconnect the iPhone from the host and then, connect it with the VMware Mac OS X. After that, open the System Information or you can open the System Report from the VMware Mac OS X and check whether any iPhone iOS device is showing or not.  

Step 2

After, completing the steps which are mentioned before now, click on the Apple icon on the iOS device. And then, go to the upper left corner of Mac OS X and click on the System Report option, on the Mac OS information window.

Step 3

Once you are done with all the steps, then a pop-up will appear on your screen, showing the Apple window. Then, move on to the Hardware section. Go to the USB port which is located in the left panel of the Mac screen. There you can find a list of iOS device.  After that, check if there are any iPhone or any iOS devices located at the right side of the screen or not. If not, then keep reading the article to get more solutions.

Method 2: Uninstall the Third-party Security Software

The error may occur due to a problem within any third-party security software. So, if you are dealing with this kind of issue, then you must try to uninstall the software. This might help you to get rid of the situation. Follow the easy and simple steps which are mentioned below to get rid of the situation.

  1. At first, you have to find out the Finder option. Then, click on it.
  2. After that, go to the Applications from Mac OS X.
  3. Then, right-click on the software in Applications option.
  4. Then, click on the “Move to Trash” option to complete the task

Method 3: Connect iPhone with VMware Mac OS X via USB 2.0 Port

If you all the steps which are mentioned above in this article, fail to resolve the problem, then you can try this step which can help you to fix the issue with Mac doesn’t recognize iPhone. Go through the steps to fix the problem.

  1. At first, you need to Power Off the Mac.
  2. After that, you need to right-click on the screen and click on the Settings option from the Context menu.
  3. At the next step, move on to the Virtual Machine Settings window option and then, click on the USB Controller and then, convert the USB compatibility to USB 2.0. And then, click on the OK button to save the changes.
  4. At the next step, turn on the Mac OS X in Virtual Machine and then, you need to connect your iPhone with the host.
  5. After, completing all the steps which are mentioned here, move on to the VMware menu from the system. And then, click on the VM option.
  6. Then, select the ‘Removable Devices’ and then, click on the Apple iPhone option. After that, click on the Connect (Disconnect from Host) option.

After that, disconnect your iPhone from the host and then, connect it with the Mac OS X, Apple iPhone this will be verified automatically by iTunes on Mac OS X. Then, restore iPhone data from the iTunes backup. And check if the problem is resolved or not.


Hope, this article has helped you to fix the problem with Mac not recognizing iPhone. If you need more information related to the iOS device, then you can visit our official website. Here you will get more tech-related articles and information.