How to fix iTunes error 53, failed to restore or update on iPhone XS/XS Max

Generally, error codes are the symbol that leads to specific problems on certain programs as well operating system. Each of these error codes usually comes with error messages, prompting a quick description of the problem and sometimes quick solutions to the problem. So, it’s advised to read every error message you see when using a program on your computer.

Highlighted in this post is an iTunes error code 53 that usually occurs when restoring or updating an iPhone XS/XS Max using iTunes on a Windows computer. Find out what triggers this error and how to get rid of it.

How to fix iTunes error 53 when restoring iPhone XS/XS Max

Before getting started, you should check that your computer is running on iTunes version that is compatible with iOS 12. Additionally, make sure that there is a sign of damage to the Lightning cable you are using. Apart from that, you should also check the USB ports and make sure that they’re still functional.  After you’ve had all that checked, close iTunes, and other programs running on your computer. Then give it a try and check if it still appears the same error code 53. If it still happens, you should proceed with these subsequent solutions.

Solution 1: Restart iTunes and your computer

Computers also encounter random software glitches. Once it happens, some programs might not work properly as they usually do. To let you know, there are usually error messages and codes displayed on the screen when you attempt to use a program. One of them is the error code 53 in iTunes. To fix these software glitches having triggered iTunes to prompt this error code when you try restoring or updating your iPhone XS, you should first force close iTunes and then restart your computer. To do so, you need to open Windows Task Manager to see a list of all running apps on your computer. After that, choose iTunes and click on the End Process section. This will forcibly end or close the program. Once done, restart your computer.

For those who don’t know, here is how to close iTunes and other running applications on a Windows computer:

  1. Press and hold the CTRL + ALT + DELETE keys at once to openWindows Security 
  2. In the Windows Security screen, click on Task Manager/Start Task Manager to launch Windows Task Manager app.
  3. Open Applications tab from Windows Task Manager screen.
  4. Highlight iTunes app to close it.
  5. Click on End Task button and confirm your action.
  6. Once done, open Processes tab and then close other programs that you think are causing troubles. Remember not to close system programs like System, or explorer.exe.

To fix startup programs from possible triggers, use System Configuration Utility feature to prevent these programs from opening up during startup. Here’s how to do so:

  1. Click on Start button and search for RUN.
  2. Type MSCONFIG in the textbox and then click on OK button. This will open the System Configuration Utility
  3. On this screen, click on Startup tab and then remove the checkmark next to each program that you don’t want to open automatically during the Windows startup.

After you have made these changes, reboot your computer and then try connecting your iPhone to the computer and check if the iTunes error code 53 is already gone.

Solution 2: Reset all settings on your iPhone

Another suggested solution you should try is performing a settings reset on your iPhone. The process will not affect any saved information so you don’t need to back up your data. All customized settings will be restored to the default values. Any problem related to invalid settings will be also cleared out in the process. Here’s how to do so:

  1. Open Settings app from your Home screen.
  2. Tap on General > Reset.
  3. Choose Reset all settings option
  4. When prompted, enter your passcode to continue.
  5. Tap on the popup to confirm a settings reset.

After the reset, your iPhone will automatically reboot. Wait until your device boots up and enable wireless features that you want to use on your phone.

Solution 3: Update iTunes and your computer software.

Updates usually include patches to fix issues and resolve errors on a program or application. Thus, installing new updates for iTunes and for Windows operating system can potentially get rid of the error as well as fix the problem with iTunes. To check for and install new updates for iTunes, you can refer to these steps:

  1. Launch iTunes on your computer.
  2. Click on Help from the menu bar.
  3. Click on Check for Updates button

Now, simply follow the rest of the onscreen instructions to install the latest iTunes version.

To check for and update your Windows OS to the latest version released by Microsoft. Simply follow these steps below:

  1. Click on Start button from the taskbar.
  2. Type “update” in the search box and then hit Enter key on the keyboard. This will prompt Windows to search for the new update.
  3. If you see Windows Update box, choose Install Updates

Once you install new updates, reboot your computer to apply the recent changes as well as get rid of errant files.

Also read: How to fix iTunes error 3194 when restoring iPhone X, XS, XS Max

Solution 4: Uninstall iTunes then reinstall it on your Windows computer.

If iTunes continues to act up and fails to work properly, there is a chance that it has been corrupted and no longer functional. To help the program work properly again, you should reinstall iTunes. However, you need to uninstall it first. If this is what’s occurring with iTunes program, here is what to do next.

  1. Remove or uninstall iTunes app from your computer.
  2. Once done, you need to download the latest iTunes version for your computer.
  3. Follow the rest of the onscreen instructions to start installing iTunes.

Generally, computer programs will be fixed after reinstalling them, so iTunes should also be working properly then. After you’re done installing iTunes software, reboot your computer one again. After that, try to plugging your iPhone XS/XS Max to your computer, open iTunes and check if everything is already working properly. If iTunes still appears the error code 53 even after you reinstall it on your computer, then there are more complex problems triggering the error, which could be with the computer system or iTunes itself.