Whenever I connect my iPhone to computer, iTunes will automatically syncs the data. How can I turn off auto sync iTunes?

One of the irritable iTunes features which quickly gets frustrating is that as soon as you connect your iPhone, iTunes opens up and immediately starts syncing your data. Considering that most of us have a lot of emails, photos, videos, and music stored on our iPhone/iPad, this must聽lead to a lengthy process.

The best solution to this is to turn off auto sync iTunes. Not everyone is aware of this聽possibility聽but if you dig into the iTunes鈥 settings menu, you can prevent the automatic sync from taking place every time you connect your iPhone/iPad. So, if you鈥檙e on a friend鈥檚 computer or you don鈥檛 have the time to sync your iPhone, keep on reading聽this聽guide to disable auto-syncing in 2019.

Part 1. Turn off Auto-Syncing in iTunes 12 or Later

Most iTunes users will have iTunes 12 or a newer version installed. If this is the case, follow these steps:

  1. Connect your iOS device using a USB cable and open iTunes (if it doesn鈥檛 launch automatically).
  2. Click the device icon at the top-left of iTunes and then on the 鈥淪ummary鈥 tab.
  3. Under 鈥淥ptions鈥, untick the 鈥淎utomatically sync when this iPhone is connected鈥 box.


After disabling this feature, you can connect your iPhone without iTunes automatically syncing.

Part 2. Stop聽Auto聽Syncing in iTunes 11 and Earlier

On the other hand, if you have an earlier version of iTunes installed (iTunes 11 and older), you have to use these steps for iTunes to turn off auto sync.

  1. Use a lightning cable to connect your iPhone, and launch iTunes on your Mac.
  2. Go to 鈥淓dit > Settings > Devices鈥, and select the 鈥淒evices鈥 tab.
  3. Locate the option 鈥淧revent iPods, iPhones, and iPads from syncing automatically鈥, and check the box next to it.

itunes prevent from syncing

Neither of these solutions are聽difficult but there are a lot of minor features like this which make iTunes bothersome to use.

Part 3. A Great iTunes Alternative: iMyFone iTransor

After you鈥檝e found out how to turn off auto sync on iTunes, it鈥檚 still important that you need to聽sync your data聽regularly. Doing so minimizes the risk of data loss but if iTunes isn鈥檛 for you, you can consider iMyFone iTransor instead.

For those who aren鈥檛 familiar with iMyFone iTransor, here are some of聽this iTunes alternative鈥檚 features.

  • Take a backup of only聽your texts, WhatsApp, or WeChat messages.
  • Backup iOS data without overwriting previous backups.
  • Restore backups from iMyFone iTransor, iTunes, and iCloud.
  • Export files from your iPhone/iPad聽without taking a backup.

It鈥檚 clear that this is one of the more advanced iTunes alternatives. In the sections below, we鈥檙e going to walk you through some of its different uses.

1. Selectively Export Data from iPhone/iPad聽to Computer

Firstly, if you want to export data from your iPhone/iPad聽to a computer, follow these steps.

  • Connect your iPhone/iPad, click on 鈥淏ack Up & Export from Device鈥, and select 鈥淓xport Data鈥.

export data on iOS device

  • Select the specific data types that you want your device to be scanned for. Click 鈥淣ext鈥 to proceed.

choose data types you want to export

  • Once the scan is complete, simply explore the different data types and select the files that you want to export from your iPhone. Click on the 鈥淓xport鈥 button, choose a file location, and you鈥檙e done.

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In the past, exporting data from an iPhone wasn鈥檛 possible. With this iMyFone iTransor feature, it鈥檚 become a possibility.

2. Make A聽Full iPhone/iPad Backup to Computer

Next, we鈥檒l be looking at how to take a full backup of your iPhone/iPad聽data using iMyFone iTransor.

  • Click 鈥淏ack Up & Export from Device鈥, connect your iOS device, and click the 鈥淢ake a Full Backup鈥 feature.

make a full backup of iOS device

  • On the following screen, read the information and press the 鈥淏ack Up鈥 button.

backing up device

  • After a few seconds,聽all of your iPhone/iPad聽data will be backed up.

succesfully back up device

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If you turn off auto sync iTunes, make sure that you use this method to take a manual backup of your data regularly.

3. Only Sync WeChat/WhatsApp/Messages from iPhone/iPad to Computer

Alternatively, you might find yourself wanting to sync only your WeChat messages. You can do so by following these steps.

  • Select 鈥淏ack Up & Export from Device鈥 from the left menu and connect your iPhone.

back up wechat data on device

  • Next, click on 鈥淏ack Up WeChat鈥, read the brief that is shown, and click 鈥淏ack Up鈥.

backing up wechat

  • In just a couple of minutes, your messages will be backed up.

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For WhatsApp or Messages, you can also use the relevant features and steps.

4. Restore Your Previous iTransor Backup to iPhone/iPad

If you need to restore a backup to your iPhone/iPad, this all-in-one tool聽can be used聽too.

  • From the left menu, click on 鈥淩estore Backup to Device鈥 and connect your iPhone using a lightning cable.

choose to restore a full backup

  • Select a backup from the list that is shown and then click on聽the 鈥淩estore Full Backup鈥 feature.

choose to restore a full backup

  • Read through the information that is shown, click 鈥淣ext鈥, and the backup will be restored.

restoring the full backup

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As there are both backup and restore features, iMyFone iTransor is the perfect iTunes alternative.

5. Restore iTunes/iCloud Backup to Your iPhone/iPad

Similarly, if you鈥檝e taken a backup using iTunes or iCloud, we can recover those as well.

  • Connect your iPhone and from the left panel, click on 鈥淩estore Backup to Device鈥. A list of iTunes and iCloud backups will be shown. Here we will take iCloud backups for example.

choose Download iCloud Backup

  • Click 鈥淒ownload iCloud Backup鈥 from below the list, sign into your iCloud account, and then choose it from the list.

log in your iCloud account

  • After clicking 鈥淣ext鈥, select the 鈥淩estore Full Backup鈥 option followed by 鈥淣ext鈥, and your iCloud backup will be restored.

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There is a lot of flexibility available when it comes to backing up and restoring data with iMyFone iTransor. Each of the methods that we detailed above proves聽exactly that.

To Conclude

While iTunes鈥 auto-sync feature can be frustrating, it鈥檚 easy to find out how to turn off auto sync on iTunes. After changing this settings, you can either continue using iTunes or, as we recommend, you can move over to iMyFone iTransor. Let us know in the comments below how these solutions have helped you or if you have any relevant questions for us.