Thousands of people have been frustrated by their iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad iOS device throwing a popup notice of error that says “Unable to download item. Please try again later.” This despite the fact that they have not attempted to download anything.
People have tried everything, including resetting their iPhone, completely wiping it, restoring it, even doing a factory reset. They have linked the “Unable to download item. Please try again later” message to iBooks, digital album booklets, music downloads, and app updates.
If you are getting the “Unable to download item. Please try again later” error, it is almost certainly because there is something that your iPhone, iPad or iPod is attempting to download, or, rather, attempting to attempt to download, and is, in a sense, stuck in a download loop.
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Here is how to fix the “Unable to download item. Please try again later” error regardless of what it is that your device is trying to download.
In order to apply this fix, you will need a program on your computer that allows you to see all of the directories on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. We like, and recommend, PhoneView, which also works for iPads and the iPod Touch.
Once you have PhoneView or another program loaded on your computer, connect your iPhone, iPad, or iPod to your computer via USB.
With the directory view of your iOS device loaded, find the Downloads folder, and look in the downloads folder for the downloads sqlitedb files.
Now, delete every single one of those files that have the words “download” and “sqlitedb”.
For good measure, you can also look at the folders in that directory, and delete any of them which have the current date as the creation date.
Restart your device, and that annoying “Unable to download item. Please try again later” should be vanquished.
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