“iTunes can’t connect. You don’t have permission error?” Fix!

Many iPhone users encounter the error “iTunes could not connect to this iPhone. You do not have permission.” This happens when one is trying to connect their iPhone to a computer.

The iTunes permission error usually pops up when the computer fails to recognize your iPhone. Luckily, this article will show you how to fix the error.

To fix the “iTunes could not connect to this iPhone. You don’t have permission” error:

1. Restart your computer and iPhone

Technical problems with your devices are known to interrupt most operations. So, it could be the technical issues that are causing the error.

To fix this, you have to restart both your iPhone and computer to fix any technical problems. Reconnect the devices thereafter to see if the error is fixed.

2. Update your iOS and iTunes

Sometimes, running on outdated iOS and iTunes versions can lead to the error. Here, you should try checking for the new iOS and iTunes versions and install them.

To update iTunes:

  • Go to the Start menu
  • Search Apple Software update
  • Click o it to open
  • Check for an iTunes update, if so, click on it to install.

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3. Try another USB cable

When the USB cable you are using to connect your devices is faulty, the error will occur. You need to fix this by trying a different USB cable to see if it works.

When using a different cable, make sure to select one that is compatible with your iOS device.

4. Disable restrictions on your iPhone

Some iPhone users do set parental controls on their phones. This can also lead to the error preventing from successfully connecting your devices. To fix, disable the restrictions. To do so:

  • Go to Settings on your iPhone
  • Choose Screen Time
  • Tap on Content & Privacy Restrictions option
  • Disable it.

5. Trust the computer

When you have not trusted the computer, mostly when connecting for the first time, the error will occur. To fix, you have to ‘trust’ the computer first.

Before you ‘trust’ your computer, you have to reset location and privacy settings. Be warned that this action will remove all your trust settings for any device your phone has been connected to. It also resets the location settings of individual applications.

To do it:

Disconnect your iPhone from the computer

  • Open Settings on your iPhone
  • Tap on General
  • Tap Reset
  • Tap Reset Location & Privacy


  • Reconnect your iPhone to the computer.
  • A pop-up asking whether to trust the computer will appear.
  • Tap on Trust

6. Try another USB port

Issues with the USB port you are connecting to can also cause the error. To fix this, you should connect to another USB port, especially one that supports USB 3.0 connectivity.

In addition, you need to disconnect any extra peripheral devices from your computer excluding the attached keyboard or mouse. This should only be done temporarily until you finish your work.

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Fixed iTunes permission error?

I hope that with the methods above you will be able to fix the iTunes permission error. Just try them one by one until you fix the problem. If you have a different method to fix it, please share in the comments section below.