How to Fix iTunes Error 0xe80003?

The error reportedly appears while connecting an iPhone/ iPad/ iPod device to your PC. It is possible that the Apple server has disallowed installation of your firmware. Make sure the firmware you’re trying to install is not outdated. Modify Hosts file configurations, restart your iOS-based device, change the port, and make sure the Apple device is sufficiently charged.

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Alternative manual troubleshooting steps are given below:

Change USB Port

Your current USB port is not working properly. Connect the iPhone to another USB port.

Charge your Device

It may be possible that the iPhone is not sufficiently charged. Completely charge your device and then reconnect it to your PC.

Restart your Device

Turn off and turn on iPhone to fix error 0xe80003. There may be some temporary glitch with your device that can be fixed by restarting your device.

Modify Hosts File

In the drivers directory you find a Hosts file which contains host IP Addresses and other network configurations. Add specified IP Address in the file.

For Windows 10:

1. Type “Notepad” in the Search box on Taskbar.


2. Right click “Notepad” and choose “Run as administrator”.


3. Press Ctrl + O; browse and locate the following file:

  • C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\ETC\HOSTS


4. At the end of the file, add following line:



5. Press Ctrl + S; exit the file.

For Windows 8.1/ 8:

1. Press Windows Key + X, select Search.

2. Type “Notepad” in Search Box.

3. Select “Everywhere” from drop down box (Windows 8.1). Or, click Apps icon (Windows 8)


4. Right click “Notepad” displayed in Search Results.

5. Click Run as administrator icon that appears at the bottom of the Start Screen.

6. This opens up Notepad as administrator.

7. Click File | Open, or press Ctrl + O.

8. Locate and open the following file:

  • C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\ETC\Hosts

9. After opening the file, scroll down at the bottom.

10. Add following IP Address at the end of the document:


11. Click File | Save, or press Ctrl + S.

12. Exit the file.

For Windows 7/ Vista:

1. Click Start, type “Notepad”

2. Right click that keyword from Search Results; select Run as administrator.

3. Refer Steps # 6-12 under Windows 8.1/ 8 user’s section.

Perform Restore Process

First of all boot your device while pressing Home key simultaneously. Go to Recovery Mode through iTunes program.


For Windows 10/ 8.1/ 8/ 7/ Vista:

  1. First turn off your iPhone.
  2. Press Home key of your iPhone.
  3. Connect the device to your PC via a USB cable.
  4. Now that your device starts booting up and establishes a connection to iTunes program.
  5. Open iTunes program through its Desktop shortcut.
  6. Your device has now entered into recovery mode. Press Shift key and then go through the restore process.

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