Best Solutions to Stop iTunes from Opening Automatically

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One of the automatic features of iTunes is that it opens automatically whenever you connect an iDevice to your computer via USB cable. While this feature can be convenient at times when you plug in your iDevice for file management and syncing, it can be somewhat annoying if you are simply connecting your iDevice to your computer for charging or other tasks that are not related to iTunes. Therefore, you may want to know the way to stop iTunes from opening automatically.

How to Stop iTunes from Opening Automatically

Following are some ways to stop iTunes from opening automatically:

1. Disable iTunes Helper on Windows

If you are using Windows and want to stop iTunes from opening automatically, then it is possible by disabling iTunes Helper. All you need to do is simply remove iTunesHelper.exe from starting automatically with Windows boot. Removing it from startup programs will instantly stop auto launching feature of iTunes.

Follow these instructions:

Step 1: On your Windows PC, open Task Manager and switch to Startup tab.
Step 2: There, from the list of startup programs, find iTunes Helper.
Step 3: Now right-click on it and then click Disable. If Disable option is not available (grayed out), then all you need to do is simply log in as an Administrator and repeat this step.

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2. Stop iTunes from Opening Automatically on Mac

If you are using Mac and want to stop iTunes from opening automatically, then it is possible by changing a simple configuration from the settings of connected iDevice.

Follow these instructions:

Step 1: Connect your iDevice to your Mac via USB cable. iTunes will open automatically.
Step 2: Click on the iDevice icon in iTunes. It will open the device settings.
Step 3: Navigate to the Summary tab in the Settings menu of iTunes.
Step 4: Now in the Options menu, find and uncheck the option ‘Automatically sync when this iPhone is connected’.
Step 5: Save the change by clicking the Apply button. iTunes will no longer open automatically when you connect your iDevice to your computer.

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3. Disable Automatic iTunes Launch Feature in Preferences

There is another way to stop iTunes from opening automatically. You will need to disable the option in iTunes’ preferences. This method works on both Windows and Mac.

Follow these instructions:

Step 1: Connect your iDevice to your computer via USB cable.
Step 2: Once iTunes is opened, navigate to Edit > Preferences > Devices.
Step 3: Now enable the option that says ‘Prevent iPods, iPhones, and iPads from syncing automatically’. Automatic iTunes launch feature will be disabled.

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What If Your iTunes Cannot Work Normally?

If your iTunes is not working properly due to an issue, then it highly recommended that you use iMyFone TunesFix to solve that issue so that iTunes works normally again. TunesFix is a professional iTunes repairing software that can solve any iTunes’ issue quickly and efficiently. You simply need to scan iTunes via this software and it will detect all the issues associated with it and prompt you to repair it via its Repair feature. There are several manual iTunes repairing modes available as well. These allow you to target specific iTunes’ issues and repair them conveniently.

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  • Advanced one-click solutions; you simply need to use the Repair option of TunesFix to fix a detected iTunes’ problem.
  • Clean up temporary/junk files produced by iTunes to free up disk space and boost its performance.
  • Uninstall iTunes completely along with all its associated components.
  • TunesFix is 100% safe to use. It fixes iTunes’ errors without any data loss.

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Steps to Fix iTunes Issues via TunesFix:

Step 1: Open iMyFone TunesFix on your computer.

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Step 2: TunesFix will automatically scan for potential iTunes issues at launch. Wait for the scan to finish and then fix the problem (if it is detected) via the Repair button. After that, you will see the home interface of TunesFix.

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Step 3: From the software’s home interface, select Repair iTunes Connect Issues mode.

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Step 4: Click the Repair button on the next screen. TunesFix will start the repairing process. During this process, TunesFix might connect to its servers. Therefore, it is recommended that you keep your internet connection stable so that the repairing process goes smoothly.

Conclusion

iTunes is no doubt one of the most popular iDevice file management and syncing softwares that iOS users use on their Windows PC or Mac. Among iTunes’ various annoyances, its automatic launch feature is the one that many iOS users dislike. Fortunately, there are ways to stop iTunes from opening automatically. You can either disable iTunesHelper.exe on your Windows PC, disable automatic sync option in iTunes when using Mac, or close iTunes’ automatic launch feature from iTunes’ preferences. If your iTunes is not working normally, then there is a solution for that as well. You simply need to use iMyFone TunesFix to repair any issue related to iTunes.