iTunes 11 and iPhone - Can't Find the iPhone Button

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by borg1of2, Dec 2, 2012.

  1. borg1of2 macrumors member

    Jun 27, 2007
    So, I just upgraded iTunes 11, running on a PC with Windows 7, and when I start iTunes and then connect my iPhone to my PC iPhone shows up. If I click on the iPhone I can see all of the associated screens for what is on my iPhone and do a back, upgrade, synch, etc. However, if I click and go look at my iTunes library, the iPhone button/icon is gone and I can't go back and see it do any of the related activities. Only way to get it back is disconnect from PC and reconnect and the iPhone icon will show up again.

    Don't know if I'm explaining this well enough, but am I missing something on how to go back to the iPhone once the button/icon disappears?

  2. tymaster50 macrumors 68030


    Oct 3, 2012
    New Jersey
    Did you press done? That seems to disconnect the iPhone for some reason.
  3. Marrakas macrumors 6502


    May 23, 2012
    Well it seems to me the iPad and iPhones just tends to show up in itunes whenever they feel like it, especially over wifi sync.
  4. borg1of2 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 27, 2007
    No, haven't pressed Done, not sure if I've even seen a Done button.

    I am connected directly to the PC, WiFi always requires the phone to be plugged in to power, so what's the point for me as I charge my phone from the PC.

    Any other suggestions, or just another glitch from Apple?
  5. XboxMySocks macrumors 68020


    Oct 25, 2009
    No. The first time it does, after that you can do it.... wirelessly :eek::eek::eek::eek:
  6. borg1of2 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 27, 2007
    This is not what I experienced with the previous version of iTunes. It would detect the device, YES, but when I would synch it would try, fail and give error. Only way to get it to work was physical connection or plugging the iPhone into power. Then synch would be successful.
  7. Bako-MacAddict macrumors 68000


    Jun 7, 2012
    First problem i see is that you're using a PC :D
    Kidding :)
  8. haruhiko macrumors 601


    Sep 29, 2009
    View, show sidebar
  9. borg1of2 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 27, 2007
    Didn't realize the File, View, etc menu's were available. Found that and tried the Sidebar and the iPhone is not listed. I literally was viewing the phone, synched and the clicked to go look at my Music library. iPhone button gone and not on Sidebar.


    I was waiting for that one. :(
  10. Kurios2 macrumors regular


    Sep 22, 2012
    What's so hard about disconnecting and connecting again? I have the same problem and don't come on here crying about it. Give me a break.
  11. borg1of2 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 27, 2007
    Another response expected.

    Hopefully others on this forum will rise and assist with a simple question from someone asking for help. Or is the above the standard set here?
  12. fenskezen macrumors regular

    Feb 6, 2011
    Wirelessly posted

    I noticed the same thing. I use a MacBook 08. I thought it was me or something I was missing. Yes, I can and did just unplug and replug but it seems odd to have to do that.
  13. vastoholic macrumors 68000


    Jan 28, 2009
    Tulsa, OK
    The only way I can get out of the iPhone view mode is by pressing the blue "done" button at the top right past the "photo's" tab or by pressing the eject button on the top left. How are you getting out of this screen to view the rest of your library. This may explain the confusion.
  14. borg1of2 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 27, 2007
    On the left side, near top, is the Up/Down Arrow where you can select the different options for your library (Music, Movies, Apps, Podcats, etc.) This will take you out of the iPhone view. You will then notice that you can't get back to the iPhone once you do that.
  15. rollingstart Guest

    Jul 15, 2007
    When you're in iPhone view, that button you're referring to is the Eject button for the iPhone, so you shouldn't press it to navigate through iTunes. Always hit the "Done" button on the right side instead to get back to iTunes, and your iPhone will always be there.

    Confusing, yes, I know, but it makes more sense if you think of it this way. HTH
  16. vastoholic, Dec 4, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2012

    vastoholic macrumors 68000


    Jan 28, 2009
    Tulsa, OK
    Yours must be different than mine. All I have is an eject button there.

    And yes I really call my phone that. It's a nickname from the army. Move along now, nothing to see here.


    ***Edit: rollingstart beat me to it.
  17. rollingstart Guest

    Jul 15, 2007
    You actually mentioned it first, ha ha.

    Same with (yes, the) PC. I went through the trouble of mauling this screenshot so I'm not going to let it go unused.

    Attached Files:

  18. vastoholic macrumors 68000


    Jan 28, 2009
    Tulsa, OK
    Damn, yours has instructions.

    I'm still curious as to what the OP sees on his, because he mentions the up/down arrow that appears throughout the rest of iTunes when you're looking at your library. Could it be a bug in his software?
  19. stuffradio macrumors 65816

    Mar 17, 2009
    Same thing happens on my Mac mini...

    I hit the update button to iOS 6.1, and the iPhone disappeared. No Done button that I had before, no button for my iPhone, nothing. I'm using a Mac mini 2011. No trolling.

    Edit: Nevermind. I force quit Apple iTunes and it works now. Look at that, a Mac not perfect like all the fanboys tell you it is. *gasp*

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