By Nick / Last Updated August 7, 2020

What to do when iTunes backup session failed?

I would like to backup my iPhone X (64GB) to computer, but was told that iTunes could not backup the iPhone because the backup session failed. It’s so weird and I never have this problem before. Can you give me some advice?

- Question from Apple Community

iTunes Backup Session Failed

iTunes could be used to backup or migrate the whole iPhone so that it is chosen by most of iPhone users. Backing up iPhone to computer or transfer data to another iPhone with iTunes only requires one click but the whole process is actually cannot be controlled by you.

You can select data to export or transfer and there are no official tools for you when iTunes reports all kinds of errors. What should you do when you have such problems?

Possible causes of failed iTunes backup:
● If the iTunes backup failed when you are backing up iPhone, most likely it is caused by the system glitches or the incompatibility of the old backups.
● If you cannot sync or restore iPhone, it is possibly caused by the incompatibility between the present iOS and the old backups or the iPhone backup is corrupt.

The following content would show you how to fix the problem of iTunes backup failed in every way.

Before you try any method, you should restart both iPhone and computer. Sometimes you would find the problem has been solved by rebooting. Besides, you should make sure the connection is stable. It means you need to connect iPhone to computer with a USB cable of good quality and check the USB ports on PC are in good condition. The last thing, make sure you have enough space in C Drive, or you would be bothered by another problem that your iPhone backup failed for not enough space on computer.

Solution 1: Update or Reinstall iTunes

Because the iTunes client on your computer is out of date, it might let iTunes backup session fail. iTunes might not be able to recognize the latest components on iPhone. You need to check update in iTunes.

● If you downloaded iTunes from the Microsoft Store, usually iTunes would update itself if the new version is released. You could also go to Microsoft Store and clickDownloads and updates to check when it was updated last time.

Microsoft Store Update

● If you downloaded iTunes from Apple's website, you should open iTunes > clickHelp in the toolbar > select Check for Updates.

iTunes Check For Updates

Solution 2: Clear old backup or encrypt this backup

Your old backups might cause iTunes backup session failed, because iTunes would refer to some data from those backups, like whether the backup is encrypted. If you have checked “Encrypt local backup” last time, you need to check it this time as well to avoid that iTunes thinks your privacy being violated. You could also find old backups on computer to delete them.

Find iTunes backup location on computer:
● If you installed iTunes from Microsoft Store, you could find it at C:\Users\YourUserName\Apple\MobileSync\Backup.
● If you downloaded iTunes from Apple’s site, it should be at C:\Users\YourUserName]\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup.

iTunes backup location

Tip: There might be useful data, you could use iTunes backup browser to see what’s in it.

iTunes Encrypt Local Backup

Solution 3: Reset lockdown folder

Most issues about iTunes backup are caused by incompatibility and violating privacy. You could reset the lockdown folder to solve the privacy issues. The lockdown folder on computer saves the certificate from your device to let iTunes read your iPhone. Resetting the iTunes Lockdown Folder would grant permission to this PC again.

Step 1. Quit iTunes and disconnect iPhone from computer.
Step 2. Find iTunes lockdown folder at C:\ProgramData\Apple\Lockdown. The folder of ProgramData should be hidden by system. You should clickView in the top menu bar and then check Hidden items to show the folder.
Step 3. Delete everything in this folder and close the window.
Step 4. Launch iTunes, connect iPhone to computer with USB cable, and tap “Trust” on it.
Step 5. Now you could try using iTunes to backup your iPhone again.

iTunes Lockdown Folder

Solution 4: Disable antivirus on computer

Some users have reported the issue of Malwarebytes blocking iTunes. It makes user cannot backup or restore iPhone. Therefore, if your iTunes backup failed, disable the antirust on your computer for a while until you finish the backup with iTunes.


Solution 5: Repair iTunes by third party software

Apple doesn’t give any advice or give any tools to help repair iTunes issues. If you need to immediately backup your iPhone with iTunes, you could get the professional fix tool from other suppliers. Tenorshare TunesCare is a simple but useful iTunes pal.

You could quickly repair iTunes with it. If you use the trial version, you could only select Fix iTunes Sync Problems. If it doesn’t solve the issue, you need to pay for the pro version to select Fix All iTunes Issues.

Tenorshare Tunes Care

Solution 6: Extract iTunes backup data via third-party software

You might need to fix corrupt iPhone backup if you keep receiving the warning that iTunes could not restore the iPhone because the backup session failed. To extract data from that broken folder, you need a professional tool.

dr.fone could help you view your iTunes backup and restore that backup to iPhone. You don’t have to wipe any data on iPhone but select data from in that backup to transfer to iPhone. It is very powerful but not free.

dr.fone View iTunes backup


iTunes backup session failed issues could happen during iPhone backup or restore. This passage tells you the possible causes of iTunes backup error and give you the comprehensive solutions to fix it.

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