Why won’t iTunes open?

Your favourite artist has just released their new album and you can’t wait to go on to iTunes to purchase it and listen to it from start to finish. However, when you go to open the app up you find that it’s refusing to play ball and won’t open up. This is unfortunately a situation that many people face on a regular basis and always at the most annoying time.

If you’re looking for a fix for this problem then the good news is that you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we are going to look at the different reasons why iTunes sometimes doesn’t open and look at the most straightforward ways for you to get the app back up and running.

Why won’t iTunes open? – On Windows

The most common instance when iTunes refuses to open on Windows is immediately after a new update has taken place. This can either be a windows update or an iTunes update. If this is the case, then there are few things that we would recommend doing:

  1. Restart your computer. This will prompt your operating system to complete any outstanding updates.
  2. Delete iTunes and reinstall the app in its new version.

Another thing that you might want to do if you are still facing issues is to delete the iTunes library. If the library is faulty then the iTunes simply will not not open. To delete your iTunes library, please follow these steps:

  1. Head to C:\Users(your PC name)\Music\ iTunes Library
  2. Right click on the iTunes Music Library.xml and iTunes Library.itl files and select delete.
  3. Once you’ve deleted the iTunes library, launch the iTunes app again and a new library will be created.

If iTunes still isn’t working on your windows computer after trying these fixes, then get in touch with Apple support, who should be able to assist further. You can generally have the same issues with other apps on your iPhone – both Apple Music and the iTunes app can have issues.

Why won’t iTunes open? On mobile

The issues around iTunes not opening on a mobile device are less iTunes-specific than the issues surrounding iTunes on windows, but issues all the same. These problems are more related to apps in general – let’s take a look at the most straightforward ways to fix them:

Hard reset

Performing a hard reset of the iTunes app will remove any bugs that are preventing the app from loading up properly. There are number of different ways in which you can perform a hard reset:

  1. Force close the app down. To do this on an iOS device, swipe up from your phone’s home screen. This will bring up a screen showing every app that is currently running on your phone. To force the app to close down, swipe up on it. Now, you’re free to restart iTunes from scratch, hopefully overriding any of the bugs that were preventing it from previously opening.
  2. Delete the app and reinstall it. To do this on an iOS device, hold down on the iTunes icon on your phone’s home screen and select ‘remove app’. Now, head to the app store and redownload a new version of the app on to your phone.
  3. Restart your phone. Only perform this suggestion if the previous two methods don’t work. This is a method that will work if it’s your phone, rather than the app, that is playing up. To turn your iOS device off, press the button on the upper right hand side of your phone at the same time as the upper volume button. Once you’ve swiped to turn the phone off from the subsequent screen, hold the same two buttons again to fire your phone back up.

Connectivity

Another issue that may be causing the iTunes app to not work on your phone is related to connectivity. You need an internet connection for iTunes to function properly so make sure your phone’s settings reflect this. If you are wanting to connect via Wi-Fi then go to settings and then Wi-Fi and ensure that there is a tick next to one of your available networks.

If you are wanting to connect via mobile data then go back to settings but this time select ‘mobile data’. Please ensure that the bar next to mobile data is slid over to green and that there is a 3G, 4G, or 5G icon on your phone’s header – this will mean that you are connected.

Conclusion

It goes without saying at this point that if you find the iTunes app not loading up properly then you are going to be left feeling incredibly frustrated. We hope that by following all of our suggestions above that you can get it back up and running in no time, regardless of whether you are using the platform on a desktop computer/laptop or a mobile device.

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