Apple Mobile Device Support is an application that usually downloads alongside iTunes on a Windows computer, allowing you to sync your Apple product to a Windows device.
This syncing allows you to back up your device and transfer music and photos between devices. In addition, you will know it stops working if your computer fails to recognize when your Apple device is plugged in.
Here are some tips for Apple Mobile Device Support and downloading on Windows 10 if Windows cannot start the Apple Mobile Device Service on your local computer.
Fix: Apple Mobile Device Support Won’t Install
It can be frustrating when technology doesn’t work the way it is supposed to work. However, if Apple Mobile Device Support will not install, there are a few things you can try.
1: Checking the Connection of the Apple Device
Ensure your iPhone, iPad, or iPod is connected to the computer. Plug your phone into your Windows computer using your phone’s charging cord. Plug the USB into the computer.
If it does not automatically connect, you might need to unplug it and plug it back in. You could also try to use a different cord to ensure the cord is not causing the issues.
If the cord was not the issue, try the next solution.
2: Reinstalling the Apple Mobile Device USB Driver
To reinstall Apple Mobile Device Support, you need to uninstall and reinstall iTunes. Follow these steps to uninstall and reinstall iTunes and all related applications.
If you are worried about losing your iTunes library, back up your iTunes to an external drive before attempting this.
To uninstall Apple Mobile Device Support, uninstall iTunes and all related applications in this order: iTunes, Apple Software Update, Apple Mobile Device Support, Bonjour, Apple Application Support 32-bit, then Apple Application Support 64-bit.
Then check to ensure all components are uninstalled. Empty your Recycle Bin after this step and reinstall iTunes on your computer.
After reinstalling iTunes, plug in your Apple device to see if the issue is fixed. If not, continue to the next solution.
3: Restarting the Apple Mobile Device Service
The final solution is to restart the Apple Mobile Device Service. To do this, follow these steps:
- First, unplug any connected devices and close out of iTunes.
- Next, press the Windows key and the “R” key on your keyboard simultaneously.
- Type “services.msc” in the available window and click “Ok.”
- Find “Apple Mobile Device Service” and right-click it.
- Select “Properties,” locate “Startup Type,” and change it to “Automatic”
- Change “Service Status” to “Stop”
- Once the status shows that it has stopped, change the status back to “Start”
- Select “Ok” and restart your computer
After restarting your Apple Mobile Device Service, plug in the device again to see if the issue resolves.
Apple Mobile Device Service Failed To Start, Error 1053
Error 1053 says, “Windows could not start the Apple Mobile Device Service on Local Computer. Error 1053: The service did not respond to the start or control request in a timely fashion.”
There are a few ways to fix this problem.
First, restart your computer and the device you are trying to connect. Unplug your Apple device from the computer before restarting them. Once both have restarted, plug the device back into the computer to see if the issue is fixed.
If not, try Solution 3 and restart the Apple Mobile Device Support. After you have completed these steps, plug your device back in and check if that fixed the issue.
If the issue is not fixed, continue to Solution 2 and check your device to see if the problem is resolved.
Windows Could Not Start the Apple Mobile Device Service on the Local Computer
If your Apple Mobile Device Service is missing, your files may have been corrupted. To fix this, follow these steps:
- Update your Windows computer and log in as Administrator.
- Hit the “Start” menu and type “cmd.exe.” Right-click, then click “Run as Administrator.”
- Type “sfc /scannow” in the prompt window, then hit Enter.
- Your computer will look for corrupted files and fix them.
Finally, plug your device in again to see if it works. Otherwise, you may need to try solution 2 again and restart your computer afterward.
The Apple Mobile Device Service on the Local Computer Started Then Stopped
If you get this error, follow the below steps:
- Open Windows Control Panel, or settings, then open “Device Manager.”
- Check “Universal Serial Bus Controllers,” “Imaging Devices,” “Portable Devices,” or “Other Devices” to find “Apple Mobile Device USB Driver.”
- Right-click on “Apple Mobile Device USB Driver” and click “Update Driver Software.”
- Select “Browse My Computer for Driver Software”
Find the Program File:
- Scroll through your files until you find either “C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\Drivers” or “C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\Drivers.”
- Select “Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer.”
- Select “Apple Mobile Device USB Driver,” then “Next,” and “Close.”
- Exit “Device Manager” and Control Panel.
Once finished, plug your device in again. If it connects, you should hear a noise telling you that it has connected. Make sure you install the Apple Mobile Device Service support properly.
Apple Mobile Device Support Won’t Install Windows 10
Have you noticed Apple Mobile Device Support won’t install on Windows 10? Or does Windows 10 not recognize iPhone? Don’t worry! This common issue should be fixed by uninstalling your current iTunes and downloading it directly from Apple.
Apple Mobile Device Support Won’t Install With iTunes
If iTunes won’t install Apple Mobile Device Support, follow the steps outlined in “Windows Could Not Start the Apple Mobile Device Service on the Local Computer.” This should download the application separately from iTunes.
Apple Mobile Device Support Won’t Install 64
If your Apple Mobile Device Support won’t install correctly, try uninstalling your current version following the steps outlined in “Solution 2.” Then, download the older version of iTunes (64-bit). Sometimes, this version works better, even for Apple Mobile Device Support on Windows 11.
How Do I Install Apple Mobile Device Support?
Apple Mobile Device Support should download with the installation of iTunes. It should work from there. However, if it does not, use the solutions above to fix your problem.
How Do I Manually Install the Apple Mobile Device USB Driver?
To manually install the Apple Mobile Device USB Driver separately from iTunes, follow the steps outlined in the “Windows Could Not Start the Apple Mobile Device Service on the Local Computer” section. Following these steps should download the driver and fix your problem.
Is Apple Mobile Device Support Necessary?
Apple Mobile Device Support is important if you have an Apple device that you want to connect your phone to in any way. The application allows you to back up your iPhone, iPod, or iPad to your Windows computer. It also allows you to transfer music and photos between devices.
If you don’t have an iPhone or if these things are not important to you, then Apple Mobile Device Support is not necessary for the function of the computer.
How Do I Get Rid of Apple Mobile Device Support?
When you download iTunes on your Windows computer, a lot of extra applications are downloaded alongside it.
If you don’t want to connect your iTunes to a mobile device, delete Apple Mobile Device Support by following these steps:
- Open the Control Panel, type “appwiz.cpl,” then hit “Enter.”
- Look through the list of installed programs until you find “Apple Mobile Device Support.”
- Right-click on “Apple Mobile Device Support.”
- Click “Uninstall” and follow the instructions that are on your screen.
Technology can be confusing. When it does not work, it can cause many issues and frustrations. We hope this article made it easier for you to understand these issues and take care of them.
Frequently Asked Questions
Try disconnecting your Apple device and restarting your computer. Update the device and reinstall iTunes, then restart it and reconnect.
1. First, press the Windows key and “X,” then select “Device Manager.”
2. Navigate to Universal Serial Bus devices and right-click the Apple USB Device, then select the Update Driver.
3. Then select “Search Automatically For Drivers,” so your computer searches for driver updates.
1. Search for the connected device, right-click the device name, and choose “Update Driver.”
2. Then, Select “Search Automatically For Updated Driver Software.”
3. After Installation, go to “Settings,” then “Update & Security,” and check Windows Update for any updates.
1. Ensure a checkmark is on “CDs, DVDs, and iOS Devices.”
2. Press and hold the Option key, choose System Information from the menu, and select “USB.”
3. Install the latest update if you see your Apple device under the USB Device Tree.
You do not usually need to download the Apple mobile device USB Driver as it automatically installs with iTunes on your computer. It is located in C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Devices\Support\Drivers.