Fixing the “Connect to iTunes to use Push Notifications” alert in iOS 7.0.3


Ever since updating to iOS 7.0.3, my iPhone kept telling me to “Connect to iTunes to use Push Notifications”. Connecting to iTunes did just nothing: the notice kept popping up. Additionally iMessage and FaceTime didn’t work anymore, really annoying.

Above that the notice forced some apps in a loop as an app would lose and regain focus with that dialog showing (Dropbox with a passcode for example would get stuck in such a loop). Not that handy.

To fix this, follow these steps (on your iDevice):

  1. Go to “Settings” → “iTunes & App Store” and log out of your account.
  2. Restart your iDevice.
  3. Go to “Settings” → “iTunes & App Store” and login again.

That should do it (at least it did for me).

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182 Responses to Fixing the “Connect to iTunes to use Push Notifications” alert in iOS 7.0.3

  1. Anders Löfgren says:

    It did not for me

    • Rabih says:

      tx a lot. it worked.

    • Josh P says:

      I am on my iPhone 4 on the latest ios and after disconnecting me from my wifi and signing me out of the youtube app I signed back into both and keep getting this popup I hit OK but it keeps happening over,and ovER,and OVER!!!!!!!!! I tried this fix and it STILL WONT WORK!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Claire says:

    It worked! Thank you!

  3. savant says:

    not work for me

  4. Neil says:

    It worked for me 🙂

  5. manthan says:

    Not worket in iphone 3gs

  6. Alois Ed. Mac says:

    Damn, it really work, i stop receiving the pop-up from Youtube app

  7. Thom.D says:

    It worked for me too! Many thanks!

  8. SARA says:

    It worked for me ! Many thanks!

  9. Be cool says:

    Not working for me but If you have a jailbroken device go to cydia and install ‘pushfix’ to find the source go to : cydia-home-add more packages and sources ,you find many sources add this source ‘iphonemodding’ it works for 100% if not you realy need to restore you device 🙂

  10. Peter Tajthy says:

    Worked like a charm!
    In fact, it even speeded up most of my apps and reduced the crashes I was also experiencing.
    I do not know what this issue affected (and how), but this is now solved.

  11. aRiyano says:

    Worked for me to…..Thanks bro……..

  12. Brandon says:

    Thank you so much so helpful

  13. medo says:

    than you so much brother,,it works for me too……wow

  14. Sue M. says:

    Yes, this worked for me, THANK YOU so very much! It’s been so very frustrating to get these messages when I log into Facebook and Pinterest on my iPhone. Hopefully this also corrects the problem I’ve been having sending imessages.

  15. kaif says:

    just restart your mobile no need to log in log out.

  16. Levi says:

    Thanks,worked for me!

  17. Laura says:

    Not worked for me, getting really annoyed with it now, i have tried allsorts including this

  18. Dianne says:

    The fix worked! Thanks!

  19. ayman says:

    not working for me (iphone 4 ios 7.1.2 ) hacktivated please help i can’t get into my dropbox

  20. winxgill says:

    thank you be cool

  21. Michael says:

    WOW i cant believed that worked. i thought it would have been way more complicated to fix. Thanks!

  22. Hailey says:

    didn’t work for my iphone 4s! I’ve tried everything, from resetting all network settings, to restoring the iphone and nothing has worked!

    • SirPeet says:

      I have fixed the problem on my iPhone 4S yesterday. No reset, additional software or anything. Just a simple setting… I posted the solution on the page. Please check it out and let me know if it also works for you.

  23. SirPeet says:

    I was able to solve this “connect to iTunes to use push notifications” problem in iOS8 after trying a lot, but not resetting and restoring my iPhone 4S. The action that gave me a solution was switching off Background App Refresh (under Settings –> General). Later on, I could switch the function on again. The problem did not return.

  24. Kevin says:

    Worked for me as well! Thank you!

  25. Kristi says:

    It worked! It worked! I was sure I’d be going to the Apple store tomorrow-ugh. It fixed the error message that was keeping me out of all apps, and it fixed my texts not going through. Thank you soooo much!

  26. Friday says:

    Worked perfectly for me. Thanks!

  27. Tamam says:

    thank you

  28. Edwin says:

    Worked for me but took a few times

  29. Karl says:

    It worked also on the iPad

  30. Dr Roger R Dawson says:

    It worked for me too – thanks

  31. Ed says:

    Yay – All is well in the world again! Worked great!

    Thanks and Happy Holidays!

  32. Eve says:

    It worked for me…thank you so much

  33. Celia says:

    thanks a million- your fix worked!! That drove me crazy for a week!!

  34. Richard says:

    Excellent..worked for me. Thanks

  35. Dlgash says:

    Yes it did work for me, thanks a lot.

  36. Skyler says:

    Didn’t work

  37. Mina Farouk says:

    Worked with me 🙂

  38. vahid says:

    thank you… it worked for me too

  39. Kirsty19 says:

    This hasn’t worked and I’ve tried everything! 🙁 has anyone else got anymore suggestions? I’m getting annoyed now!

  40. James says:

    Worked for me too.
    Thank you!

  41. roar says:

    it worked. thanks 😀

  42. Eleni Simou says:

    did not work for me either….
    have restarted me iphone also
    any other idea?

  43. Gymrat007 says:

    It worked on my IPad! You MUST remember to restart your device! Thank you so very much for the fix! So easy!!

  44. Tausha Redic says:

    Finally…a fix that worked!!!! Thank you so much!!!!!!!

  45. mikylace says:

    holy sh´´´´ it works just fine! 😀

  46. J says:

    Works! Thanks (on iOS 8)

  47. Nikolas says:

    It worked! Thanks!!

  48. thanks for the help says:

    this worked for me

  49. Wonderful! says:

    Worked OK for me, just updated to ios 8.1.3 and the annoying stuff started. This was a fast and simple solution for which I thank you 🙂

  50. Diane Forrest says:

    Thank you very much. This did work for my iPad.

  51. Travis says:

    Worked for me

  52. sid says:

    problem still occurs in my iphone 4 ios 7.1.2 plzzz anyone give me a solution

  53. Javier says:

    Ir worked for me in iOS 7.1.2! Thank You! 🙂

  54. fernando says:

    yeah it worked
    thank you

  55. Isaac says:

    Thank you

  56. Haiza says:

    OMG..this actually work…thanks.

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  58. Anil Kumar says:

    connect to i tune to use push notifications
    whatsapp notifications may include alerts sound and icon badges

  59. jan says:

    Finally worked. Thank you for this solution. It was extremely annoying!

    Some warning though: the first two times the solution did not work. Then i tried the one from SirPeet (November 19, 2014 at 9:42 pm) which didnt seem to work either. Then i tried zlody’s solution (February 13, 2015 at 2:51 pm) which also didnt seem to work.

    Then i started over a couple of times with Bramus’ solution followed by SirPeet’s and Zlody’s. And suddenly…..succes!!!

    So the moral of this story is to try a couple of times before giving up. The given solutions might not work at once.

    Btw….when it finally worked i received a notification asking me if i was sure i wanted iMessage on cause my network provider might charge me for that. Weird because i didnt touch iMessage (as far as i know). I was only alternating between the solutions above.

    Now, im dont know if the iMessage thingy has anything to do with the push-notifications problem but if the given solutions dont work you might try to fiddle around with iMessage a bit. Could well be related.

  60. Justin says:

    Thank you, worked a treat 🙂

  61. Julie says:

    Perfect! Many thanks….thought I was going to have to call my 22 year old for help, again!

  62. Alee says:

    Thanks, it worked!

  63. Simon says:

    It works for me 🙂 find ‘push fix’ add this source ‘iphonemodding’ I have iphone 4 IOS 6.1.2

  64. James says:

    I installed the 8.2 upgrade on my iPad and have tried all these solutions and nothing fixes it. Any ideas out there?
    I really don’t want to reset my iPad.

  65. FWB says:

    This solution worked after installing 8.2 on my iPad. Thanks!

  66. Susan says:

    Thank you so much works for me 🙂

  67. Ayman Saber says:

    It works

  68. Louis says:

    My 4S with IOS 8.1.3 is constantly giving this push notification issue with nothing working. Please help Apple!

  69. PeiFei says:

    my i4s iOS8.2

    1 “iTunes & App Store” log out your account
    2 “background App refresh” OFF
    3 Power off
    4 Power on and log in “iTunes & App Store”
    5 “background App refresh” ON again

    It work for me 🙂

    • Nikki says:

      OMG. All the other suggestions didn’t work for me, but this one actually worked for me.! Thanks for sharing! This was driving me nuts!!!

  70. Jln says:

    OS 8
    On IPad…. None of the above suggestions work… Any more ideas?

  71. I am Prapha says:

    That great!! It worked for me. How fun!! I tried to do anyway. Many Many thanks…:)

  72. Umair says:

    Yahoo it worked 4 me too 😀

  73. Jack Cheeseman says:

    THANK YOU! Was this close to chucking my phone against the wall! Thank you so much.

  74. Pirate says:

    IOS 8.3
    iPad 3
    Worked great. Thanks

  75. Emanuele says:

    Fantastic! It’s worked for me too.

    Thanks a lot

  76. Bhupendra S says:

    Thank you. It worked.

  77. The Prisoner says:

    ipad3 on ios8.2, problems with dropbox (totally unusable because of the loop). The solution fixed the problem!!! Thanks.

  78. Anonym says:

    It’s doenst work on me..I’ve tried fourth times and it’s still pop up in my apps 😭

  79. Sabr Ali says:

    Thanks, it is worked woth me !

  80. Anonymous says:

    Holy crap it really worked! Thank you so much!

  81. Chris says:

    Yup worked for me on my iPad2, thank you

  82. Thana says:

    Thx alot, It worked.

  83. T says:

    WOW!! That really worked!! I’m so happy of it :)))))))))))))))

  84. thanks! says:

    thanks a lot! it works for me!

  85. JL says:

    I can’t believe this error is still happening. I think it started after I updated to iOS 8.3 on iPad. Your solution worked like a charm for me, thanks!

  86. Stefan says:

    Bedankt, dat werkte. Gelukkig want die melding begon wat op mijn systeem te werken … 🙂

  87. Orbi says:

    You are a genius thank you so much you know this job

  88. Evgeny says:

    it works!
    Thanks man!

  89. Arthur says:

    Thank you thank you thank you! It’s been paralysing my phone for the last few days!

  90. Ali says:

    FYI reboot didn’t work, Restart did the trick

  91. Carlotta says:

    Thank you! It worked for me too

  92. Kashyap Jadav says:

    Thanks a lot!!! its really work for me… <3
    On my 4S/iOS8, it worked as well, even if the global “background App refresh” switch was already off so:
    1) switched “background App refresh” ON
    2) switched individual app refresh OFF
    3) switched “background App refresh” OFF again

    No reset needed.

  93. m_o_t_a_n says:

    I have 4s; it worked. thank you

  94. Deep Patel says:

    Yeah It definatly works … Thank u so much u r genius my friend 🙂

  95. Ali says:

    Thank you it worked.

  96. Smartyy says:

    Thanks Be cool worked

  97. Anwar says:

    restart from where? to switch off the Idevice and On it again or how?

  98. the coolim says:

    It worked perfectly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  99. Kamila says:

    Thank you a lot!! It helped:)

  100. Amy says:

    This worked for my ipad3 after the 8.3 update. . Thank you!

  101. Zak says:

    Thank bloody goodness, it actually worked!

    A reminder that restarting the phone means holding both sleep button and home button down til the screen goes dark and apple logo comes on immediately.

    Imessage charges message will show up, showing that the ordeal is over!!

  102. Prajwal says:

    Thanks a lot! It worked.

  103. Anil Awasthi says:

    Thanks a Lot!!!!! It worked for me. Thanks

  104. grover says:

    Is that ever retarded! Apple! Fix your sh*t!

  105. Richie says:

    thanks a lot..i was going crazy..thanks…God bless you

  106. kyriesahi says:

    yes! i got it. thanks

  107. Eben says:

    Didnt work on My iPhone 4…its Tango and subway surf thats giving this actually worked but when i re-logged in,the pop ups start coming again…do something pls

  108. Mary Ann says:

    It works for me though I need to restart after logging back in to ITunes

  109. Ebikefe says:

    it worked. thanks

  110. Drilon says:

    It worked, thanks man

  111. Iqbal Habibie says:

    It worked. Thank’s a lot😄

  112. Wes says:

    Doing Settings > ITunes & App Store then log out and restart then log back in really worked! Thx a ton.

  113. Sidney says:

    it worked. thanks (iphone 4S)

  114. anita says:

    thanx it helped was really irritating..:D

  115. Soc says:

    Thanks PeiFei! Worked like a charm! 🙂

  116. Malika Ita says:

    It finally worked for me too! Thank goodness! I’ve been fighting over this for 2-3 days. Nothing worked until I tried these 4 steps:
    1) switched “background App refresh” ON
    2) switched individual app refresh OFF
    3) switched “background App refresh” OFF again
    4) Settings > ITunes & App Store then log out and restart then log back (holding both sleep button and home button down til the screen goes dark and apple logo comes on)
    All good now for my Iphone 4S! thanks everyone for sharing!

  117. Malika Ita says:

    and off course re-log to Itunes & App after your re-started your Iphone 🙂

  118. ahmad tamim says:

    yessss!!! this really worked for me
    thank youuuu

  119. SKats says:

    2015 and it still works!! Even though having the latest ios, this has been driving me nuts lately. Thanks much!! You are a genuis!

  120. zhairul says:

    i have follow all your steps malika Ita but it still doesn’t work for me.. 🙁

  121. syed says:

    It worked for me love u 😉

  122. Yayyy it worked on my ipad3. Thanks a lot.

  123. Jhun Morante says:


  124. Fia says:

    4s. iOS 8.4
    After trying all the above suggestions and this annoying push-notif bug still pops out.
    Been looking for solution for days :((

  125. Tyler says:

    I used this website at first. Unfortunately it didn’t work. However after restarting my device several times, it worked!!!’ So I might try it more than once

  126. Alice says:

    It worked, but not until I did the restart by pressing the home and sleep buttons (before I have just be powering the phone off). Thanks!

  127. Angie says:

    It worked for me. Thanks

  128. Vivek says:

    I am using iPhone 4s 8.4.1 I used every method but no use. Still same problem persist for me. Pls someone help me to get rid off

  129. claire says:

    it worked. just keep repeating the steps because it didn’t work in my first try, but with the second it did so keep trying and repeating. thank you again for posting this.

  130. My says:

    It worked for my iphone 5c 8.4.1. Very simple but perfect result. As many people here, it didn’t work on my first time. When I tried again, the error was fixed. Many thanks to you!!

  131. evakunn says:

    im using i phone 5. it worked for me. thank you so much. 🙂

  132. Ella says:

    Yay! It worked. Thankyou! I was really pissed. I almost throw my Iphone because of that notif. Btw thanks. A lot.

  133. Shone says:

    Hi thanks for helping here !!!!
    It worked for me perfectly after following the steps

  134. karin says:

    seemes to work for me as well. Thanks

  135. Criselda says:

    Worked after the second try! For me, it had to be the home + power buttons together kind of restart. The off-on didn’t work.

    Thank you for this!

  136. Chandu says:

    Yes. Thank you.

  137. sinha.iim says:

    worked for me..thanks 🙂

  138. Milan says:

    Worked for me (iPad 4, iOS 8.2).

  139. SHAHINO says:

    THANKS A LOT…you are SAvior)))

  140. Mohammed Sha says:

    its worked

  141. rupesh joshi says:

    It worked for me also…….

  142. Pora says:

    Thanx. It worked.

  143. Ruchita says:

    Thanx its worked. …

  144. Sarah says:

    It worked for me also 🙂

  145. silvi says:

    it worked!! thankyouuuuuuuu

  146. Mark says:

    It’s worked. Thanks a lot. I’ve to tried 2nd time.

  147. Navneet Sah says:

    absolutely, very realistic, it fixed my problem, i.e; “connect to itunes to use push notification”, but i had to repeat this process twice.
    thankyou so much…….

  148. Klose says:

    It worked…thanx…

  149. Frank says:

    Good Advice, worked for me! Thanx

  150. ike says:

    thanks it worked for ipad 4 on 8.1.3 (12B466)

  151. Jerry says:

    worked for me , iphone 5. thank you

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