Removing and Reinstalling the Apple Mobile Device Service on the Mac
If iTunes won't recognize the iPad or iPhone on the Mac after you've checked the connection as described earlier in this tutorial, try removing and reinstalling the Apple Mobile Device Service. Follow these steps:
- Disconnect the iPad or iPhone from the Mac.
- Click the desktop to activate the Finder, and then choose Go | Applications from the menu bar to display the Applications folder.
- CTRL-click or right-click the iTunes icon, and then click Move To Trash on the context menu to move iTunes to the Trash.
- In the Devices list in the Finder window, click the Mac's hard disk to display its contents.
- Double-click the System folder, then the Library folder, and then the Extensions folder to navigate to the /System/Library/Extensions/ folder.
- CTRL-click or right-click the AppleMobileDeviceSupport.kext file, and then click Move To Trash on the context menu to move the file to the Trash.
- Click the Mac's hard disk again to display its contents.
- Double-click the Library folder, and then the Receipts folder, to display the contents of the /Library/Receipts/ folder.
- If you find a file named AppleMobileDeviceSupport.pkg, CTRL-click it or rightclick it, and then choose Move To Trash to put this file in the Trash as well.
- Hold down OPTION and choose Apple | Restart to restart the Mac.
- Log back in as usual.
Now open your browser, go to www.apple.com/itunes/download/. Download the iTunes distribution file for Mac OS X, and follow through the prompts to install it. When the installation is complete, try connecting the iPad or iPhone again.
In this tutorial:
- Troubleshooting iPad and iPhone
- Blank Screen on the iPad or iPhone
- Forcing a Frozen App to Close
- Restoring an iPad or iPhone
- Updating the iPad or iPhone with the Latest Firmware
- Troubleshooting Problems Connecting to Wireless Networks
- Fixing the Problem When Wi-Fi Connects but Can't Access the Internet
- Dealing with Charging Issues
- Dealing with Problems Connecting to iTunes
- Checking the USB Cable the Connection Is Using
- Closing Down the iTunes-Related Services in Windows
- Removing and Reinstalling iTunes and the Related Software on Windows
- Removing and Reinstalling the Apple Mobile Device Service on the Mac
- Squeezing the Most Battery Life Out of the iPad and iPhone
- Choosing Settings for Better Battery Life
- Turning Off Bluetooth
- Replacing the Battery on an iPad or iPhone