iTunes is the most popular media player especially within the iPhone community. It’s got a sleek design, simple to use, and makes purchasing music ever-so-easy. Recently there have been many reports from customers who upgraded their iPhone 6 to iOS 8 receive the dreaded error 53 in iTunes while trying to restore from backup.
Many sources we found say error 53 on your iPhone is hardware related and even the apple folks don’t even know what it is. It’s usually due to hardware failure on the touch id sensor. However, there were also cases report where it is not a hardware issue and users were able to overcome issues with a couple of different methods. I’ve listed them below.
Fix iPhone 6 Error 53
1. Use Recovery Mode
Some users have reported that when using recovery mode, they were able to bypass the dreaded error 53 and restore their device from iTunes. Follow these steps and see if it works for you:
- Turn off your device and leave it off.
- Get out the USB and plug it into a computer with iTunes.
- While you are holding down the home button on your iPhone 6, plug in the other end of the USB cable to your iPhone 6. Keep holding down that button until you see the “Connect to iTunes” screen.
- When you see that screen, stop pressing the home button. If you don’t see this screen, repeat steps 1 to 3.
- You should now see on your computer that iTunes has detected a device in recovery mode. You can either restore to factory settings, or if you have backed up your iPhone 6 to iTunes, then you can recover from that backup.
Or visit the apple site on using recovery mode.
2. Fix the home button
If you are feeling up to tinkering with some of the hardware, here is a video that has favorable votes in the youtube community. Almost 200 people liked this video while only 20 people disliked it. Looking at the comments, it seems that this solution is a good one.
3. Apple Store
We hope you don’t have to get to this step, however when all else fails, you can go to the apple store. Even tho there have been many reports of people saying the Apple folks don’t have a clue when it comes to this error, I’m sure they will have more success than you will on your own. Worst case scenario, you might get a new phone.