How to Fix The Contents of the iPhone could not be read in Finder

Are you seeing an error message while trying to connect an iPhone running iOS 16 with a Mac using Lightning to USB cable? “The Contents of the iPhone could not be read” message keeps popping up on your screen during connection including on iTunes and Windows computer? Here are a few patches. 

Inefficient connectivity of iPhone with Finder results in the inactivity of some paramount buttons on Finder interface like the update button grayed out, no backup button which leaves out the restore command that enables the user to revert iPhone back to factory settings.

“The Contents of the iPhone could not be read” issue has been reported by users having difficulty connecting iPhone with Finder and likely on iTunes and Windows computer which is expected to be a glitch or both devices being in a bad state due to long time utilization without refreshing.

How to fix The Contents of the iPhone could not be read in Finder

Finder is a preload computer application which serves as default file manager and graphical user interface shell and happens to be available on all Macintosh operating systems (Mac). As a preload and grand computer application on Mac, Finder will be at your glance right after starting up your PC, it helps in finding and personalizing your documents, media, folders, and other files.

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How to Fix The Contents of the iPhone could not be read in Finder

iPhone and Finder / PC connectivity issues might be a result of a glitch as mentioned above whereas troubleshooting this particular issue is undemanding as there doesn’t seem to be a clear fix yet. Here are steps you can try out for fixing “The Contents of the iPhone could not be read” in Finder on your PC.

1. Reboot Both Devices

To reboot responding iPhone

  • Unplug iPhone from computer.
  • Since your iPhone is responding long press the power button until it shows the shutdown bar. 
  • Swipe to shut it down and power it back after some time. 

To reboot unresponsive iPhone

  • Press and quickly release the volume up button.
  • Press and quickly release the volume down button.
  • Long press the power button until the Apple logo appears.
  • When the Apple logo appears, release the power button.

Rebooting Mac. For responsive PCs navigate to the Apple menu then restart. For unresponsive cases, you’ll have to press and hold the power button on your Mac until it shuts down automatically. After a moment, press the power button again to start your Mac.

2. Update to Latest Software

Check out the current software version for both devices and look out for updates if it’s not up to date. How to do that;

To check for updates on Mac, Navigate to the Apple menu, select System Preferences, then click Software Update to check for any available latest software. 

Checking for updates on iPhone. Launch iPhone Settings stroll and locate General then tap Software Update, update your software to the latest version if any is available.

3. Check and Switch Bad Cable

Folded bad USB to Lightning cable

Make a proper check on the USB to Lightning cable you’re using in connecting your iPhone with your computer, is it MFi certified? Try testing out different iPhone with the same cable you’re using, if the error persists you might likely need to switch USB to Lightning cable. If it doesn’t, meaning the USB to Lightning cable is okay.

4. Restore iPhone

Restore iPhone option in Mac Finder

With no other option than the Restore command staring you, if you have your iPhone backup you can go for restoring your iPhone as you won’t lose any data by installing the software on your device.

To do this, select to restore your iPhone from saved backup, follow the prompt to start the reinstallation process which will definitely fix your issue. 

Hope you’ve managed to solve “The Contents of the iPhone could not be read” error message in Finder when trying to connect your iPhone?

Having issues or more appealing affixes to solve this particular problem? Communicate your feedback with us in the comment section.

Related: Still facing some issues running the latest iOS 16, learn about the effective way to revert from iOS 16 to iOS 15 without loosing your data.  

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