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By Ariane and GenesisPublished on December 31st, 2021 Updated: January 6th, 2022

What is iPhone error 26?

iPhone error 26 is an error that usually occurs during a restore or update via iTunes when the proxy fails to connect to the server or there's a connection failure with the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL).

How can you fix iPhone error 26?

Some of the solutions to this error include disabling the anti-virus and proxy server, and using Sn0wbreeze.

Please see our in-depth walk-through solutions below.

1. Disable the anti-virus and proxy server

iTunes may have diagnosed that something is interrupting the connection when iPhone error 26 occurs. It could be an anti-virus or a proxy server, please disable it.

Disable the anti-virus and proxy server
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Option 1. Disable the anti-virus

  • An anti-virus icon can be seen at the lower right-side of the screen, right-click it and disable it.

Option 2. Configure the anti-virus

  • Disable HTTPS Scanning or Scan SSL.

Option 3. Reset Proxy

  1. Click Windows Start, and type in CMD.
  2. Right-click Command prompt, and run as administrator.
  3. Type in the Command prompt netsh winhttp reset proxyand press Enter.
  4. Try iTunes again.

Option 4. Disable third-party proxy software

  1. Click Window Start, type in the search bar msonfig and then press Enter key.
  2. Click Services Tab.
  3. Check the Hide all Microsoft services.
  4. Click the Disable all, then Apply, then OK and then click Restart.

2. Use Sn0wbreeze

If your iPhone has undergone a custom firmware, iTunes may diagnose it as iPhone error 26. iTunes may detect a value or variable ramdisk that is incorrect. To fix the problem, download and use the latest version of Sn0wbreeze and install the IPSW firmware you would like.

Use Sn0wbreeze
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NOTE: This is not recommended by Apple, use it at your own risk.

  1. Connect your iPhone and enter DFU mode.
  2. Download the IPSW firmware you want to install.
  3. Then follow the image below.