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Using iTunes is a funny business, sometimes it works a charm and sometimes, duh! Last week I backed up my iPhone just to have a recent backup in case of any mishap and undoubtedly everything was flawless. But yesterday when I tried transferring recently added music on my Mac to iPhone using iTunes, this is what I saw – iTunes Cannot Read the Contents of the iPhone, go to the summary tab in iPhone preferences and click restore to restore this iPhone to factory settings. Excuse me, why the hell in this planet would I restore my iPhone to factory settings?

I knew this happened because an iTunes control or preferences file has somehow gotten corrupted on my device, so no way I was going to restore it. In case you too faced the same issue while using iTunes, trust me it’s definitely not your fault. Nevermind, I’ll share couple of methods with you, just follow any of them and you’ll surely able to Fix iTunes Cannot Read the Contents of the iPhone. Mark my words, don’t restore your iPhone, it’s not at all necessary to fix this error. 

How To Fix iTunes Cannot Read the Contents of the iPhone

Method 1 : Fix iTunes Cannot Read the Contents of the iPhone :

The simplest thing you could do to fix your iPhone without restoring is :

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  1. Just delete one song from your playlist.
  2. Restart your iPhone.
  3. Connect your iPhone to desktop via lightning cable, launch iTunes in case it doesn’t open automatically.
  4. Check if the error persists, if it doesn’t, don’t forget to share your views in comment section and if it does, head over to the next method.

Method 2 : Fix iTunes Cannot Read the Contents of the iPhone :

This method will delete all songs from your iPhone music library, I’ll recommend you to transfer music from iPhone to Computer before proceeding further. Rate of success is 100% for this method, follow me blindly and thank me later 🙂

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Step 1 : Download and install iFunbox on your respective desktop operating system. [Windows | Mac]

Step 2 : Once installation phase is done, launch iFunbox. Don’t forget to quit iTunes before proceeding further.

Step 3 : Now connect your iPhone to desktop via lightning cable. In the iFunbox window, from left side pane, select Raw File System -> Var -> Mobile -> Media -> iTunes_Control -> iTunes.

How To Fix iTunes Cannot Read the Contents of the iPhone

Step 4 : There you’ll see three files namely, iTunesCDB, iTunesControl and iTunesPrefs. In subsequent steps, we’ll rename these files, make sure you are not touching any other file.

How To Fix iTunes Cannot Read the Contents of the iPhone

Step 5 : Select iTunesCDB, right click on it and select Rename. You’ll see a dialogue box to rename this file, please add any alphabet at the end of iTunesCDB. For example, rename this file name to iTunesCDBx (see the screenshot for details). Rename iTunesControl and iTunesPrefs similarly by adding x at the end of file names.

Step 6 : Tap on Refresh at the top menubar of iFunbox window and disconnect iPhone from your desktop.

How To Fix iTunes Cannot Read the Contents of the iPhone

Step 7 : Launch iTunes, reconnect your iPhone to desktop and check if error persists. Surely it’ll not.

Voila! You have successfully fixed iTunes Cannot Read the Contents of the iPhone, go to the summary tab in iPhone preferences and click restore to restore this iPhone to factory settings. 

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