My iPhone keeps connecting and disconnecting from Mac! Fix

For one reason or another, you may need to connect your iPhone with your Mac. Unfortunately, this may be hindered sometimes when your iPhone keeps connecting and disconnecting from your Mac or fails to connect completely.

Luckily, we have solutions to this problem, in case you find yourself in this situation. Read below to find what causes this issue and how to fix it.

What makes your iPhone keep connecting and disconnecting from Mac?

Well, there are a number of things that may interrupt the connection between your iPhone and your Mac. It happens when:

  1. You are using a faulty USB cable
  2. Your iPhone or Mac has technical issues
  3. You are running on an outdated software
  4. Software issues with your Mac

Troubleshooting an iPhone that keeps disconnecting from a Mac

Having looked at the possible reasons why your iPhone may not connect with Mac, here comes a number of fixes for the same. Now that you cannot be certain what the real cause is, we advise that you try the fixes below. Remember to only try one at a time until the issue is fixed.

1. Try a different USB cable

A faulty USB cable can’t establish a stable connection between your iPhone and Mac. As such, you are likely to encounter issues with your iPhone connecting and disconnecting from Mac.

To fix it, try using a different USB cable to see if it works. If it does, then the one you were using is faulty. If it doesn’t work, try the next fix.

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2. Restart you Mac and iPhone

Sometimes it could be a technical issue with your iPhone or Mac that is causing the problem. In that case, you have to restart your iPhone and Mac.  Try connecting them again to see the problem is fixed.

3. Update the software of your iPhone and Mac

If there is a major bug in your iPhone or Mac software, you will have issues with connecting your devices. Major bugs can be fixed by updating system software. So, update both your iPhone and Mac software and try again

4. Uninstall and reinstall macOS

Reinstalling the macOS will help you fix all the software issues on your Mac. This may fix the connection issues. Below is how to do it:

  • Go to the Apple menu
  • Click on the restart
  • While your Mac is restarting, press and hold the Command + R keys until macOS utility appears on the screen.
  • Choose Reinstall macOS
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to reinstall the macOS.

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5. Reset NVRAM or PRAM on your Mac.

This can also help fix the problem. To do this:

  • Unplug your device
  • Turn off your Mac
  • Turn on your Mac and quickly press and hold Option + Command +P + R keys for about 20 seconds. Release them when you hear a startup sound.

6. Reset location and privacy settings

If all the above don’t work, try resetting the location and privacy settings. Below is how.

Disconnect your device from Mac

  • Go to Settings
  • Tap on General
  • Select Reset
  • Tap on Reset Location & Privacy


That is all we had about fixing the iPhone keeps connecting and disconnecting from Mac. We hope one of them fixes the issue. If you have anything to share about the same, please do so in the comments section below.

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