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How to Troubleshoot and Fix iTunes Error 50?

Generally, iTunes error 50 occurs when you attempt to sync your device with iTunes or download a file from iTunes. This error is not only related to iTunes but also might occur due to several reasons. You might have connected your iPhone to a faulty port of your PC or the port is unable to support your device. As a result, you might encounter this error. The SIM card of your iPhone might conflict with iTunes and cause this error. A network connection is also an important factor for restoring your device with iTunes. Improper download or installation of iTunes might be another cause of this problem. The Firewall or antivirus settings installed on your PC might interrupt the restoration process and can ultimately lead to this error. Finally, inappropriate Registry settings is another probable reason behind the occurrence of this error.

Methods to Eliminate iTunes Error 50 Effectively:

We have discussed some of the easy tricks to eliminate this error 50 manually.

Method 1: Change the USB Port

To check whether the problem is occurring due to a faulty port, connect your iPhone to another USB port. Then, turn on both the device as well as the computer and launch iTunes. You would be able to restore your device with iTunes if the USB port was faulty.

Method 2: Remove the SIM Card

Take out the SIM card from your iPhone and restart your device. Then, connect it to a PC and open iTunes. After that, try to sync the device without the SIM card and check whether it is working or not.

Method 3: Test the Network Connection

  1. At first, connect your iPhone to a PC through a USB cable.
  2. Click on the Start menu and open the Settings app on your computer.
  3. Choose Ethernet on the Settings window and navigate to the ‘Network and Sharing Center.’ This feature of Windows helps you to check the status of the network you are using.
  4. Click on the corresponding icon next to the ‘Connection’ menu.
  5. There will be an icon of ethernet cable plug if your PC is using an ethernet connection.
  6. On the other hand, you will find five bars if your PC is accessing a wireless connection.
  7. Click on the ‘Details’ tab to let Windows display all the details of your network connection.

Method 4: Check Firewall and Antivirus Settings

  1. Click on the Windows icon and search for Control Panel if it isn’t available there.
  2. Now, click on ‘System and Security’ option on the Control Panel window.
  3. Then, choose the Windows Firewall to access the Firewall panel.
  4. You will find a green checkmark if your PC is running Windows Firewall.
  5. Click on ‘Allow a program or feature through Windows Firewall’ link on the left panel of the window.
  6. As the Allowed Programs panel appears, tap the ‘Change Settings’ button.
  7. Find iTunes from the list of installed programs and hit the ‘Remove’ button.
  8. Click ‘Yes’ to confirm the removal of this application.
  9. Then, choose ‘Add a program’ and tap the ‘Browse’ button.
  10. First, click the ‘Add’ button and then the ‘OK’ button to close the ‘Allowed Programs’ panel.

Now, look at the steps of how to check the antivirus settings.

  1. Go to the Start button and open the Action Center.
  2. Select Control Panel and choose ‘Review your computer’s status’ under the ‘System and Security’ menu.
  3. Click the drop-down arrow to expand the ‘Security’ section.
  4. If Windows fails to detect your antivirus, then search for it under the ‘Virus Protection’ menu.
  5. If Windows is still unable to display your antivirus software, then enter the software name in the search box.
  6. After that, check the notification area of the taskbar for the antivirus program icon.
  7. Click the antivirus icon and choose the ‘Disable’ option to temporarily disable the antivirus.
  8. Now, try to restore your iPhone with iTunes and hope that you are not going to face iTunes error 50 again.

Method 5: Uninstall and then Reinstall iTunes

  1. Connect your iPhone to your PC and make sure that the PC can recognize the device.
  2. Go to the Control Panel, click the ‘Startup’ menu and choose ‘Programs.’
  3. Then, select ‘Uninstall programs’ from the drop-down menu and locate iTunes from the list of available programs.
  4. Right-click on iTunes and select the ‘Uninstall’ option again.
  5. Uninstall all the iTunes related programs like QuickTime, Bonjour, Apple Software Update, Apple mobile device support in order to uninstall iTunes correctly.
  6. Go to ‘My Computer’ and open the Local Disk(C:).
  7. Check whether this drive contains the shortcut folders of iTunes.
  8. If so, then select all of them and tap the ‘Delete’ button to uninstall them as well.
  9. After completing this process, reboot your PC to start it fresh.
  10. Launch a web browser on your PC and visit Apple’s official website.
  11. Download the free iTunes installer and wait until the download gets completed.
  12. When prompted, select a location on the hard drive to save the installer.
  13. Once the download is over, double-click on the installer to run it on your PC.
  14. The installer opens as a dialog box so tap the ‘Next’ button frequently until you access the terms and agreement page.
  15. Go through the terms and agreement and click on the ‘Next’ option to continue.
  16. Choose installation options if you like to make iTunes the default language, audio player, and destination of the folder.
  17. Check ‘Open iTunes after the installer exists’ box and click on the ‘Finish’ button.
  18. Restart the system to finalize the installation process and open iTunes after the computer reboots.

After trying out this procedure, hope that the iTunes error 50 has been resolved.

Method 6: Clear Out the Windows Registry

It is a bit lengthy process thus we have divided into many parts. Windows Registry is the repository of information about every process, settings, and applications on your PC. Hence, you need to be highly cautious while clearing the Registry. Otherwise, a wrong entry might make your computer entirely unresponsive. The process we have discussed below is the safest way of cleaning the Registry. So let’s have a look at the steps of carrying out this task.

Step 1: Uninstall the Unnecessary Programs

Open the settings app and choose ‘Apps.’ Then, select a program that you would like to remove and choose ‘Uninstall.’ Follow the uninstall prompts coming up on the computer’s screen to complete this process.

Step 2: Backup the Registry

  1. Go to the Start menu. Type ‘regedit’ in the search box and press ‘Enter.’
  2. As the Registry Editor opens, click the ‘File’ menu and choose ‘Export’ from its submenu.
  3. Enter a name for the Registry backup and check the ‘All’ box on the left panel of the window.
  4. Tap the ‘Save’ button and give Registry some time to finish the exporting.
  5. Don’t worry if the Registry Editor freezes a few times in the midst of the process.

Step 3: Enter the Safe Mode

  1. Click the Windows icon and then on the Power icon.
  2. When the popup menu appears, press and hold the ‘Shift’ key and choose ‘Restart.’
  3. Release the ‘Shift’ key once the computer screen turns blue.
  4. Choose the ‘Troubleshooting’ option and select ‘Advanced Options.’
  5. Click the ‘Startup Settings’ and select ‘Restart’ at the bottom of the screen.
  6. Press the key present just next to the ‘Safe Mode with Networking’ prompt to enter the Safe Mode.

Step 4: Clean the Registry

  1. Click on the Start menu and enter ‘regedit’ in the search box to launch the Registry Editor.
  2. Click on the ‘Yes’ option on the popup to open the Registry Editor program.
  3. Navigate to ‘HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE’ link and expand the Software folder in it.
  4. The folder contains the list of all the folders related to the installed programs on your PC.
  5. Locate a folder that matches the name of a program that you don’t use any more.
  6. Right-click the particular folder and choose ‘Delete’ from the drop-down menu.
  7. Click ‘Yes’ on the popup to confirm the deletion of the registry entry.
  8. If there is more than one unused program, then follow the same process to uninstall them as well.
  9. Once you have deleted all those programs, close the Registry Editor and restart the PC.
  10. Launch iTunes and try to sync your device with it to ensure that the iTunes error 50 is resolved.

Hope, we are able to help you regarding how to fix iTunes error 50. If none of the solutions work with your device, then reach out to a professional to check the technical glitches and remove it as soon as possible with the expert solutions.