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How to Stop iTunes and Photos from Opening When iPhone is Connected

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Aaron Donald

February 1, 2018 (Updated: August 27, 2020)• Filed to: iTunes Issues

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The users get irritated as soon as they plug-in their iPhone with Mac or PC to see iTunes or photos automatically popping up on the screen. Most of us just plug the iPhone for charging and not for synchronization. This condition can be fixed in below-mentioned ways.

How to Stop iTunes from Opening When iPhone is Connected

The user can stop the iTunes from popping up in two important ways. Here is the solution on how to stop iTunes from opening when iPhone is connected:

1 The First Way:

  1. Connect iPhone to Windows or Mac.
  2. The device will sync, and iTunes will appear.
  3. On iTunes, click on your device tab.
  4. From left navigation panel, Click "Summary" tab.
  5. On the right side of the panel, under “Options”, uncheck “Automatically sync when this iPhone is connected”.
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Note: With this, the iTunes will not appear automatically when you connect your iPhone to the Windows or Mac.

2 The Second Way:

  1. Connect iDevice with Mac or Windows computer.
  2. The iTunes will appear with synchronization of the device.
  3. Click “iTunes” on Mac or “Edit” on Windows from upper menu bar.
  4. On drop-down Menu, Click “Preferences”.
  5. Then, Click on Devices.
  6. Check “Prevent iPods, iPhones, and iPads from syncing automatically” and hit OK to save the changes.
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These two ways will help the user to get relieved from the annoying experience of iTunes popping up on the screen.

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Simple Steps to Transfer Files Between iPhone and Computer

Step 1: Connect your iPhone to the computer where iMyFone TunesMate iPhone Transfer installed.

Step 2: Choose the file type from the top, such as Music, Videos, Photos and Apps.

  • If you want to sync iTunes library to iPhone, choose “Transfer iTunes Media to iDevice”.
  • If you want to transfer iPhone files to iTunes all at a time, choose “Transfer iDevice Media to iTunes”.
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Step 3: To extract files from iPhone, check the files and use “Export” feature. To transfer files to iPhone, use “Add” feature.

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Yes, it’s simple just as 1, 2, 3. Go ahead and try. It has the free trial.

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How to Prevent Photos from Poping up When iPhone is Connected

Most of the users face the problem of Photos app popping up when they connect their iPhone to the Mac or PC. Here are few steps on how to stop photos from opening when iPhone is connected:

Step 1: Open Photos on your computer.

Step 2: Connect iPhone to computer using USB charging cable.

Step 3: After launching of photos, on the top tab, Click “Import

Step 4: The name of your iPhone appears in the top left corner. Uncheck “Open Photos for this device” here.

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This settings only take effect for this connected iPhone, if you want to stop Photos app from poping up for other device, you need to connect it and repeat the above steps.

Note Now, the users have to open the Photos manually when their iPhone is connected to computer. The users can manage their pictures in this particular way. By turning off this setting, the users can decide when to launch it again. Even users can manually open or copy the images from iPhone to computer.

Choose the App that You Want to Open Automatically When iPhone is Connected

With the help of small settings, the users can decide on their own that which particular app they want to pop up as soon as they connect their iPhone to the Mac or PC.

For Example: The users can select the "Image Capture" app to pop up as soon as their iPhone is connected via USB cable. They can instantly capture a photo or the video. In order to configure it, one can select it from the Applications list provided under the Finder. Here the users can select the ‘Image Capture’ if they want this app to open automatically.

Steps on how to choose the app you want to open instantly when connecting your iPhone or iPad:

Step 1: Click the small triangle on the bottom left corner of your Mac.

Step 2: Select your iPhone device at the top left of the window.

Step 3: Choose from the drop-down list under the heading “Connecting This [Device] Opens”.

Step 4: Click on Image Capture (it is one of the best apps as it helps in copying the images to hard disk destination without involving iCloud or Photos app) or other app. If none of the default choices takes your fancy, tap “Other ..” to choose your favourite one.

Choose the App that You want to Open Automatically

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