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MLSMYTH Level 1 Level 1

I have an iPhone 4 and I updated it to iOS 5 a few days ago and when I open up applictions like Facebook, Twitter, Bump, and others that use notifications, I get a message as soon as the appliction opens that says, "Connect to iTunes to Use Push Notifications". I have connected my iPhone to iTunes and synced it but that is not solving the problem. Because of this I am not recieving notifications from third party applictions. Does anyone know how to fix this?



Also, everytime I open the YouTube application I get a message saying, "Cannot connect to YouTube" and I am not able to use YouTube at all because of this. Anyway to fix this?



(I forgot to mention my iPhone is NOT jailbroken and has never been jailbroken.)

iPhone 4, iOS 5
Solved by joefromnashville on Oct 20, 2011 10:32 AM Solved
I fixed my problem last night.  I'm not sure I completely understand the original problem but I have some thoughts that might help others make sense of their issues. I restored my new 4s using the latest backup from my previous 4.  When it was finished, I discovered that it had restored using a backup from July 2010.  I could tell that because the last missed call was for then.  Everything seemd to be OK at first.  It was just an old image.  So I just reinstalled the new apps I had bought since then, synced with iCloud and moved on.  Annoying, but not the end of the world. When I started seeing the issues with Push Notifications, I searched the forums and saw that some people were having success doing a reinstall.  So I restored the 4s again.  This time, I pulled down the list of backups and saw a bunch of previous backups of my old 4, which had the same name as my new 4s.  Most of them were date stamped, but some were not.  I chose the last backup with a timestamp, 10/4/11 and clicked restore. iTunes told me that there was a more recent backup with a timestamp for 10/11/11 and gave me the option to use it instead.  That restore worked fine and my 4s is back to normal.  And I no longer have issues with Push Notifications. My theory is this:  I am in the developer program so I have been running the iOS5 betas since the third beta. My old 4 had the GM from the beta program installed, which shouldn't be a factor since it is the same release that went into production.  And I theorize that the backups with no timestamp are from the various betas.  I think that, for whatever reason, when I restored to the new 4s it grabbed the "wrong" backup.  It should have gotten the 10/11/11 iOS5 GM backup which would have worked fine.  But something in the pick-a-backup logic skipped over the most recent backup and all the beta backups and it finally settled on a one year old backup that I think was the one I made when I moved from a 3GS to a 4.  When I used the rght backup everything worked perfectly. I'm guessing that many of us who are having the Push Notification issue have either run betas or had jailbroken phones at some point.  Or maybe we just have corrupted backups for some reason that I can't guess.  Whatever the reason, I can only say that when I paid attention and made sure I recovered from a good backup that everything worked fine. Your mileage may vary... Joe
Reply by JadaNiv on Aug 15, 2012 12:43 AM Helpful
I think I just found a simple fix, for this veryanoying problem (Background: with my iphone the problem started after I reset my iphone.)To solve the problem, I simply went to Settings -> Restriction -> turned it On , and left everyting on (other than Ping on Itunes) - and everything is back to normal ! I hope this helps EN

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  • samchee Level 1 Level 1

    This has just happened to me too, I updated to IOS 5 last night and can't get ride of the 'Connect to iTunes to Use Push Notifications message.


    I've been trying to read other forums but have not found a solution yet..

  • emilylh Level 1 Level 1

    Having EXACT same issue. Please help!!!

  • Cupide Level 1 Level 1

    Same Problem for me since this evening !

  • MLSMYTH Level 1 Level 1

    I've looking at everything on the Internet and what I've found is very many people have this same problem but no one seems to have a way to fix it. So how do we bring this to Apple's attention?

  • wysteriafromnull Level 1 Level 1

    Same here. We have tried restore and nothing is working. YouTube worked just fine before, but now it will not connect. Everything I find online is for phones that are jailbroken.

  • j_hillis Level 1 Level 1

    Same exact problem here...

  • samchee Level 1 Level 1

    I just called Apple but they were no help. We tried to: reset all settings, delete an app and redownload, play with the notification settings. All failed. He thought it was something to do with my iTunes so he emailed me instructions on how to Uninstall iTunes completely and reinstall. I just did this and it did not work either... he didn't know how to help me, he was only researching online like we are all doing...

  • emilylh Level 1 Level 1

    My husband and I share an itunes account/computer and he updated his phone right after me. He is not having this issue, but I am. My notifications were working right after the update then randomly stopped about 10 mins after.

  • N3RVE Level 1 Level 1

    Same Issue here. Mine worked previously, but after restoring my iPhone to iOS 5, I lost push notifications.    

  • bradsu44 Level 1 Level 1

    I had the same exact thing happen to me last night. I've been able to get some of my apps to work but Google+ is causing problems and so is Yelp. I had to reenter my passwords for my email accounts as well. I am not sure what happened but based on the number of people posting the same problem it sounds like there is an issue with the new iOS.

  • joefromnashville Level 1 Level 1

    I just upgraded from an iPhone 4 to an iPhone 4s and I'm seeing this in Find My Friends.  I just opened a discussion on it before I saw this thread.  I haven't seen it with any other app so far.  It was working fine on my iPhone 4 before I upgraded phones. Maybe it's not just a problem with FMF and I just haven't seen it on other apps yet.



  • Bean0812 Level 1 Level 1

    I'm also having similar issues, but without the 'itunes message." My push notification(for apps other than mail) are sporadic at best. The biggest issue is with my IM apps. For a while i thought it was IM+ as the problem, but then i tried imo which has the same problem. FB and twitter notifications now doing the same thing. This was not an issue prior to iOS 5.

  • racho123 Level 1 Level 1

    I have the same problem.  It's no good because I can't get notifications from any 3rd party apps, only ones that came on the phone.  Just got my iPhone 4S, and it is not jailbroken.


    Hey, Apple, help us please!

  • Nipeksh Level 1 Level 1

    i am having the same problem and i am flabbergasted at apple's silence.

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