A Device Attached to The System is Not Functioning – How to fix it


Many Windows users who on an iOS device (iPhone or iPad), complained about the message saying “A device attached to the system is not functioning”. The message shows up when the iPhone or iPad is connected to a Windows PC. If you have the same issue, keep reading. We are going to share several solutions on how to fix it.

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How to fix the error “A Device Attached to The System is Not Functioning”

When you see this error message, it means there is some sort of connectivity issue, and there are several ways to get rid of it.

Try a different cable and different port

Before moving any further, try another USB port. If you still see the error message, try using another USB cable.

Restart your PC and your iOS device

The connectivity issue may occur due to some glitch in the system on the iOS device or the PC. So, it is advisable to restart your computer and your iPhone or iPad. A restart can fix a variety of minor bugs and glitches, so make sure to give it a try.

Enable Keep originals for Photos

Many users fixed the error by enabling the “Keep originals” option in Photos. Here is how you can do that.

  • Navigate to Settings and tap Photos
  • Scroll down until you reach the “Keep originals” option
  • Select it

Update iTunes

It is important to have the latest version of iTunes on your PC. To update it, open iTunes, click on Help in the top bar, and then click Check for Updates.

Update iOS

We always point out the importance of having the latest iOS version. It will bring a variety of new things, but it will also bring big fixes and security improvements. To update the software on your iOS device, go to Settings > General > Software update. Tap Download and Install.

Reset Location and Privacy on your iOS device

This can fix the issue as well. Open Settings, then go to General > Reset and tap on Reset Location & Privacy. Try connecting your iOS device to a PC all over again.