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3 Effective Solutions to Fix iPhone Error 56

Q1: iPhone 7, iOS update fails, error code 56.

"iOS update crashes after updating firmware. iPhone can not update or restore now, just stays on the Connect to iTunes screen." -- From Apple Forum

Q2: iPhone 6, Unknown Error 56, RED iTunes logo, stuck in recovery mode, won't restore, iOS 9 - 9.3.2 update fail!

"I started the update process on my iPhone 6, and before the update was complete, I'd say 80% or so along the way, the phone goes into recovery mode, displaying a red iTunes logo with a cable on the screen. I tried all the suggestions out there and even googled and youtubed to try and find a solution with no luck. I even did a few searches on this forum as this is the place I usually come to get most of my answers." -- From Apple Forum

An iPhone Error 56, also called iTunes Error 56, usually happens when Apple users update or restore their iOS devices with iTunes. When this error appears, you might get the message from iTunes, saying that "iPhone (iOS device) cannot be updated. An unknown error occurred 56" or "Software Update Failed: An error occurred while downloading iOS 9.3.2". And your iPhone might stuck on the screen with an iTunes logo and it does not respond to any of your gestures on the screen. Anyway, having the iPhone Error 56 is always bothersome, but there are also solutions to fix the iPhone Error. Just read on to learn the way on how to fix iPhone Error 56.

Solution 1. Fix iPhone Error 56 by Updating iTunes

Solution 2. How to Fix iPhone Error 56 without Data Lost (Must Read)

Solution 3. Guide to Fix iPhone Error 56 with DFU Mode (Data Lost)

Solution 1. Fix iPhone Error 56 by Updating iTunes

If you are running an outdated iTunes on your computer or Mac when you are updating or restoring your iPhone, it stands a good chance for you to have the iTunes Error 56. So the first method you should try to fix the issue is to update your iTunes and get a latest iTunes on your computer or Mac.

Here is the guide:

Step 1. First of all, you might run the iTunes app on your computer or Mac.

Step 2. When you can see the main interface of iTunes, click "Help" and then "Check for Updates" on the top of iTunes window.

Step 3. Then you might check if there is an available latest iTunes version. If yes, simply download it and install it on your computer.

Step 4. Finally, you can connect your iPhone to PC to check if the issue has been fixed.

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Solution 2. How to Fix iPhone Error 56 without Data Lost (Must Read)

If you are worried about losing data when fixing the iTunes Error 56 issue on your iPhone, you can totally rely on the professional third-party software - System Recovery for iOS. With this program, you can easily fix different types of system issues on iPhone/iPad/iPod without the need to worry about data lost. In fact, you can use this powerful software to fix problems like iPhone Error 1/3/6/27/56, iPhone stuck on Apple logo, iPhone stuck on recovery mode, iPhone blue/red/black/white screen of death and etc.

You might download the software for free with the download icons as blow. Install the right version on your computer and then follow the steps to fix your iPhone Error 56 issue.

Here is the guide:

Step 1. Launch the software on your computer and link your iPhone to PC with a USB cable. Then switch to "More tool" > "iOS System Recovery" option on the interface.

choose ios recovery mode

Step 2. Then your iPhone might be automatically detected by the software and the software might detect the problem of your iPhone and show the issue, like Error 56, Stuck on Apple logo, Recovery mode, Blue screen of death and etc. Simply hit the "Start" button to go on.

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Step 3. Finally, you might check the information of your iPhone. If it is right, just hit the "Repair" button to fix the iPhone Error 56 issue. If not, just select the right one and then hit the "Repair" option to begin the fixing process.

To fix iTunes Error 56 issue, the software might detect the current iOS version of your iPhone and then download and install the latest firmware on your iDevice.

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Solution 3. Guide to Fix iPhone Error 56 with DFU Mode (Data Lost)

You might have heard that you can use the DFU Mode to fix your iPhone Error 56 issue. But please note that once you enable the DFU Mode, you have to erase all data and settings on your iOS device. So please ensure that you have created a backup of your important files on your iPhone. And if unluckily you have lost your important data like contacts, messages and etc. you can also rely on the MobiKin Doctor for iOS to get back the lost data.

Anyway, let's start to fix your iPhone Error 56 issue with DFU Mode now.

Here is the guide:

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to computer with a USB cable, then iTunes might automatically launch on PC. If not, just run it manually.

Step 2. Then take out your iPhone and long press the Home button and also then Sleep/Wake button at least 10 seconds at the same time.

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Step 3. After that, you might release the Sleep/Wake button, and repress the Home button. At this time, you might receive a message from iTunes, telling you that "iTunes has detected an iPhone in recovery mode."

itunes detects iphone

Step 4. After getting the message, you might release the Home button and you might see your iPhone goes black. If not, try again to enable DFU Mode. Once you have successfully enter the DFU Mode, you can restore your iPhone to fix the iPhone Error 56 issue.

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Note: For an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, you might press the Volume Down button instead of the Home button for there is not a real Home button on iPhone 7 series any more. And the other steps are the same.

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