Syncing your iPod phone is not always a smooth one-go process. Error messages and crop up and unknown problems can spring to the surface in the otherwise simple process. Most of the times, these error messages tagged with numbers are difficult to understand. The problem could be simple to amend only if you grasp the right underlying cause.
Furthermore, the list of suggestions and ideas can be challenging to understand. At times, the list is so huge that one can spend hours sifting through them. Before working your way through any solution, ensure that the resource you are consulting is trustworthy and easy to understand. A few tips and tricks have been listed below in an attempt to simplify this process.
1. Back Up Before You Try Anything
Creating backup files is very important as data loss due to system failure is quite common. One of the best channels for doing this is iTunes which creates a backup of settings and other data on iPhone and iPod touch. An iPhone or iPod backup is also crucial. One of the biggest advantages of doing this is that in case of a breakdown, settings can be restored in no time and files can be transferred easily to other devices. You can store this data safely on an externals storage device likes CDs and pen drives.
2. Restore and update
The easiest way to take care of a sync problem is to restore and update the iPod. Most of the times, this will take care of the hitch and it is a solution recommended by ITunes. So, before looking for other solutions always give this one a try. Just connect the iPod and open the iTunes application after which you have to only select the ‘Check for updates’ button to verify if the software on the phone is the latest.
3. Beware of Applications which Change Computer Appearance
There are many softwares that change the appearance of settings, skin, themes, desktop front and background on your device. These are usually third party softwares which do not work well with iTunes and it is best to remove or delete them.
4. Deselect Music Sync / Deselect Voice Memo Sync
There are a number of sync checkboxes, try deselecting a few like the Voice Memo or Music Sync options before you attempt to sync the iPod again. After manually deselecting the option, you must click on the apply button and then choose sync option to complete the command.
5. Try Syncing with a New Admin Account
Sometimes just opening a new admin account can resolve the hiccup. Sometimes, a corrupt file or faulty program in the library comes in way of syncing the iPod. When you open a new account, a new library opens up in iTunes eliminating the problem.
6. Run Disc Utility / Repair Disc / Error Checking
At times the IPod needs to have its disc repaired. For this, program the device to ‘enable disc use’, close down iTunes and then eject the device. Thereafter, reconnect again and run the Disc Utility / Repair Disc option.
7. Fix Digital Signing of windows Drivers
If the message ‘iPod could not be restored and 'an unknown error occurred’ is flashing, then firstly check for virus and try to restore the iPod. If this fails, then disconnect iPod and shut iTunes. All lines beginning with regsvr32 should be copied from the edit menu and pasted in notepad. Save the file on the desktop with the name appleipod.bat. After this double click on the file, it will open and then get deleted. Now, reconnect the iPod and try to sync it again.
8. Verify MobileMe Settings
Ensure that the MobileMe contacts, calendar data and password are correct. Then select ‘fetch new data’ when the internet is working and the push button is turned on.
9. Corrupt Files and Hardware Conflicts
Damaged MP3 music files, photos, etc. on the device can also disrupt the sync process. Try to locate the file causing the impairment and delete it.
10. It could also be iTunes
The reason for the snag could be improper functioning of iTunes. There could be numerous errors like virus, internet filtering software, inefficient iTunes account, etc. which should be isolated and fixed.