A device attached to the system is not functioning is the most common error iPhone users are getting while connecting the iPhone with the PC.
If you don’t have a MacBook or iMac and use the Windows PC then most probably you might also get the error. This error occurs when you connect your iPhone with your Windows PC via USB to Lightning cable.
This error message shows when you try to transfer the file files between your PC and iPhone. While Copying the files, the Widows will prompt you an error message like this.
Due to this issue, people not able to transfer their data from the iPhone to their PC. It makes things more worse that you can’t save the files on your computer and free some space on your iPhone.
There may be other errors that you might have faced with your iOS device such as the Apple ID disabled issue or if your iPhone diagnosed with the virus. But if you’re both Windows and iOS user then you may also get this error message that says “A device attached to the system is not functioning” since you bought the iPhone.
So, in this guide here are various solutions to resolve this issue and it makes your iPhone and Windows PC allow you to copy the files.
Before you fix this, first understand why this error comes during copying files and folders?
When you transfer the data from your iPhone to your Windows PC. The iPhone suddenly stopped or something conflicts the connection between your iOS device and computer.
Compatibility of iPhone with the Windows 10 OS is not so good as compared to the macOS. Sometimes Windows not able to recognize the iOS that you connected via cable. So it shows the device is not functioning.
There may be some possible reasons why it stopped working during file transfer.
1. Your USB cable may have a defect.
2. Your PC’s USB port not working properly or it loses.
3. iPhone is not connected to your PC due to the absence of drivers on your PC.
Now you got an idea about this error, so without further ado… Lets fix this!
How to fix “A device attached to the System is not functioning” while copying files?
I found that my cable is conflicting the connection between my iPhone and my PC, so replace my cable and now it’s working normally. So your reason might be different from mine, thus here are 4 solutions that could solve your issue. So try each method in case the one didn’t work for you.
1. Reconnect your iPhone
In many numerous cases, reconnecting the iPhone to your PC may solve this issue. If something was conflicting this during transferring files and later stopped working. Reconnecting the iPhone with your PC can resolve the issue.
2. Restart your PC
Resetting the computer may fix this issue. As some processes running in the background might conflicting with this error and preventing the connection between your iPhone and PC. So reboot your PC connect your iPhone through USB lightning cable and check if its working or not.
There is numerous case that your PC is causing the errors. I personally don’t prefer the Windows operating system as it’s not that efficient and optimized like macOS. So I would prefer you to use macOS and it makes the connection easier to your iPhone.
3. Check your USB Lightning Cable
Like in my case, my cable has defected from the lightning port side. There was a small cut in the wire due to this I wasn’t able to connect my device to my PC. So I replace my cable with the new one and now it’s working normally.
If your family member also has an iPhone then try to use their cable to connect your iPhone with PC and check if it’s working. If it works then its time to get a new cable or use their cable unless they won’t mind it’s totally up to you.
4. Updating Driver
Most of the cases if your PC drivers are outdated, then you might face this problem. All drivers must be up to date in order to connect any device with your computer. For old hardware, it may be the reason that the manufacturer no longer releasing the updates for the driver.
Be sure your drivers and Windows are up-to-date to avoid such conflicts while connecting the device with your PC. To assure that your system is up to date.
Check Windows update
- Open Settings >> Update & Security
- Now, in the WIndows update section, there you’ll see the Check for updates button.
- Click on that!
- If new updates are available, it will automatically start downloading the necessary updates and security patches for Windows 10
This is how you can update your Windows 10 PC.
Check Updates for Drivers
- Open Run by pressing (Win + R)
- Type devmgmt.msc and hit enter!
- Now Windows Device manager windows will open.
- There you’ll see the devices and hardware that are not updated to the latest drivers or requiring the driver to work properly.
- Right click on driver and select the Update drivers
- Now select the first option that says “Search automatically for updated driver software” this will download the required driver from the internet.
Once all drivers are installed, reboot your PC and try to reconnect your iPhone and check if it works.
So, this wraps our guide to solve a device that attached to the system that is not functioning error in Windows 10. I hope this guide helps you to fix this issue. If none of the methods worked for you, then we recommend you use the macOS if you already own an iPhone then there’s no harm buying a Macbook.
You should adopt the Apple ecosystem it makes your life easier using the devices. You will never face such creepy issues again. Unline Windows macOS is specially designed for keeping the best compatibility with other Apple devices. So you should try the Apple ecosystem.
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