Connect to iTunes to Use Push Notifications Message in iOS 7

SOLVED: ‘Connect to iTunes to Use Push Notifications’ Error

After many errors and timeouts in trying to download the new iOS 7 for my iPhone, I was relieved when the update finally ‘took’ and my new operating system was finally verifying and installing.

I think Apple has really hit a homerun with iOS7. There’s a lot to learn and even more to play with. But there are also frustrating errors I’ve already noticed. The first being a message that comes up in most apps that simply warns: Connect to iTunes to Use Push Notifications.

I thought the day of plugging into the computers and connecting to iTunes was over! Apparently not. At first, I felt like all I needed to do was enter my Apple ID into the iTunes & App Store option under Settings. That didn’t do anything.

What happens to be the issue is the install in the first place. I had some issues getting installed and along the way, something went awry.

Connect to iTunes to Use Push Notifications

The quick fix (works for some)

Thanks to visitor ‘Vuzman’ for this quick fix:

  • From the home screen click on Settings ›› General ›› Reset.
  • Then click Reset Network Settings.
  • If you’re lucky, problem solved. If not, keep reading.

If that didn’t work, there’s a guaranteed fix. After delving into message boards, I found that this error goes back to the dark ages of 2007-2008. Surprising, but the fix always seems to be the same.

The longer fix (works for almost everyone)

  • Backup your iPhone to iCloud. Click Settings iCloud Storage & Backup Back Up Now.
  • Plug phone into iTunes.
  • Click Restore iPhone.
  • Wait, and wait some more.
  • Upon getting the Welcome Screen, click your backup that you saved and click Continue.
  • You’re all set. Error should be fixed.

I realize the last thing you want to do after waiting for the new download and update is to, well, download and update again. But this seemed to be the best way to get rid of the Connect to iTunes to Use Push Notifications message in iOS 7.

Let us know in a comment if you have any other solutions. And give us your feedback about iOS 7. What do you like or dislike about it? Thanks for the feedback and enjoy iOS 7!

Josh Benson

Josh Benson

Josh is the Editor of and supreme geek to boot. He spends much of his time learning new software, coding languages, gadgets and more. He loves helping people figure out tech problems - big or small. Josh is a former television news anchor and tech reporter. He spends his days developing websites and producing videos.

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  • vuzman

    This worked for me.

    Go to Settings/General/Reset/Reset Network Settings

    • vms

      This quick fix worked for me. Thank you!!!

  • sbstn

    Worked for me too – Thanks so much!

    • GetTheFactsFirst

      Hunter Guererro’s solution posted on October 24 worked for me:

      Sign out of Appstore
      Power down
      Switch on
      Sign in to Appstore

      Hunter Guerrero
      Re: ios 7 push notifications not working
      Oct 24, 2013 6:50 PM (in response to Carl_eoin)
      I have a iPhone 4 and i do the next, maybe can help
      Go to settings>itunes store & appstore>logout from the account
      Turn off and turn on the idevice
      Again, go to settings>itunes store & appstore>login
      It works without a restoration.

      • Kristy

        Thank you this worked for me as well

      • ❤ Purseonality ❤

        Just upgraded to iOS7 on an iPhone 4 and this problem started. This solution worked for me. Thanks so much!

      • user

        Work for me Thx!

  • mary

    Hunter’s fix worked FINALLY! i did do the network reset as well, so maybe it was a combo. honestly, i DO NOT like the IOS7 update. I have an iphone 4, and EVERYTHING is slower. this is the first update that I have had major problems with and i think its terrible. i cant’ afford to buy a “5”, and my phone works, so i shouldn’t have to.

    • Sir ZiGius

      Only doing both worked for me.
      1. Signing out of itunes and appStore,
      2. Doing a network reset as mentioned above
      3. Hard reboot (Hold the home button and lock screen button)
      4. Sign in to iTunes again

    • Frédéric Schauffler

      Thx u very much! It work for me :)))))

      • Frédéric Schauffler

        I was wrong message

  • felipe.gus

    Easier fix –
    Click Settings > iTunes & App Store > “your apple ID” > Sign Out
    Then restart your iPhone (hold HOME button + LOCK button until screen lights up with apple logo)
    Click Settings > iTunes & App Store > enter “your apple ID” credential.

    • Mark

      Worked for me! Thanks!

    • Abir

      Didn’t work for me..

    • Frédéric Schauffler

      It work for me with your fix. Thank you again. 🙂

    • Michael

      It worked for me! Thank you.

    • Infoseeker

      You are a life saver. It worked just great. !! About two weeks reading forums this one worked. Thank you!

  • antoinek

    The full restore worked for me (the quick network fix did not). A pain in the ass but happy again with my iPhone 4 now, Thanks!

  • Hector

    Quick fix did it for me, thanks! 🙂

  • Jen

    Nothing’s working for me! I’ve tried everything mentioned. So frustrating. Maybe I’ll try throwing it over a bridge and seeing if that works….

  • Melle

    Same with me. Nothing works. From reset network settings restore logout login app store

  • José

    I tried a Hard reboot first and it worked, just pressed both home and power button until screen turns black and powered on the phone, and the issue got fixed.

  • Mehdi

    Thank you very much! First one has worked!

  • EastBayAnt

    Thanks so much! Just started getting this error, very annoying. Resetting my network settings (the quick fix) worked for me! Again, thanks!

  • AlSt

    Go to “Settings” → “iTunes & App Store” and log out of your account.
    Restart your iDevice.
    Go to “Settings” → “iTunes & App Store” and login again.
    worked for me

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  • SirPeet

    I was able to solve this 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).

  • Horifashion

    Thanks AlSt, your solution works good, I solved the problem 🙂