How To Fix “Software Update Is Required to Connect to iPhone” Error

Your Mac is running MacOS 10.12 and higher version, but when you connect your iPhone to it for synchronization, there is a message saying “a software update is required to connect to your iPhone.” I’m sure this issue is annoying to you, but you first have to know how it causes. After that, you can something to make sure such notifications no longer appear.

You will see this notification when there is the difference between the iOS version on your iPhone and MacOS on your Mac. For instance, your iPhone is running on the latest iOS version like iOS 12, but your Mac is still running on the old MacOS build, then your Mac will not support your iPhone connection, and synchronization with iTunes between your iPhone and your Mac is impossible. As a result, you will see the message, alerting â€?Software Update Is Required to Connect to Your iPhone.’  In contrast, if both your device are running on the latest versions of iOS and MacOS, there will not be any issues, and you can complete your tasks with ease.

In this post, we would like to show you two methods to fix â€?Software Update Is Required to Connect to Your iPhone’ issue on your device. Let’s see!

How to Fix “Software Update Is Required to Connect to iPhone” Error

Method 1: Update iOS on Your iPhone

First, you need to know how to sync your iPhone with iTunes again. The process is extremely simple and straightforward. If you see a notification prompting to update your iOS, you simply click on “Install” to update the software. It will then update your Mac, and once done, you can connect it with your iPhone for synchronization.

Method 2: Update Your MacOS

There is another way to help you always keep your Mac updated. To do so, you need to open up the Mac App Store, move to the “Updates” tab, and then update your system to the latest version. Your Mac system will start installing the update, and hopefully, there will no longer be any error notification.

Also see: How To Fix iMessages Out of Order On iPhone/iPad

What To Do If The Update Can’t Be Installed

Sometimes you cannot install the updates due to software update options, there is a message “Installation failed – Can’t install the software since it is not currently available from the software update server” appearing on the screen, and it might be difficult to update your system. In such cases, you should not panic; instead you can concentrate on some useful solutions. Your iPhone might be running on a developer beta or public beta software, which requires you to make your iPhone supported for new updates. If your iPhone is running on the beta software, you will not be able to update your Operating system version.


As your phone runs on iOS beta, so you need to install Xcode beta on your Mac as well. After that, you can start syncing your iPhone with iTunes again. You can follow below steps to install the Xcode Beta on your Mac. While these steps will take considerable time, you can complete the process without difficulty. You don’t need to be a programmer to understand the following steps.

How to Install Xcode Beta on Your MacOS

Xcode can be downloaded from App Store for free. It is an integrated development environment for Mac app developers. To do so:

  • First, you need to visit the link, to the beta version of Xcode. Remember to provide your Apple ID.
  • After that, you will see a list. Simply select the latest Xcode beta, and click on “Download” button. The download will start in a second.
  • Once you have successfully downloaded Xcode, you will get an XIP compressed file with a large size. Now, uncompress the file.
  • After you extract the file, there will be an application file that is twice the size of the compress file. The “Xcode-beta” app will be available after completion of the extraction process.
  • Next, simply double click on “Xcode-beta” app, and you will see “install additional required components.” Simply, click on “Install” to start the installation process.
  • One thing you should note that you must close iTunes before continuing to perform further processes.
  • Now, you need to write your password in the required field, submit it and wiat for a few seconds.
  • You will then be welcomed with “Welcome to Xcode” window on your Mac, which indicates that you have done all of the work.
  • Next, simply quit Xcode app and open the iTunes. You will now see that your iPhone can now sync and play music or do other tasks in iTunes

These are methods that you can follow to fix the â€?Software Update Is Required to Connect to Your iPhone’ error. You should keep the Xcode installed on your Mac as you might need it anytime. Once your device receives the stable release of the installed beta version, you can uninstall Xcode from your Mac.

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