How to Stop iTunes Always Opening When iPhone Is Docked

With iOS 6, the iPhone is no longer entirely dependent on iTunes, but many users continue to plug their phones in throughout the day. A common annoyance with iTunes is that it automatically opens when a user plugs in their iPhone.

For those who use their computer to charge their phone throughout the day, this process can become repeatedly frustrating. However, with a simple change of settings, iTunes can be instructed to no longer open automatically.

The following post outlines how to change iTunes settings to disable iTunes from opening automatically.

Go to Mac and select

Plug iPhone into your computer with the lightning cable or 30-pin cable you used to charge the iPhone.

Once the iPhone is connected, it should appear in iTunes and perform an automatic sync. tap on iPhone box in the upper right corner.

choose iPhone

The next window will display information about the user’s iPhone.

iPhone Information

Scroll to the bottom of the screen and uncheck it.

Uncheck Automatic Sync

After this box is deselected, select it from the bottom right.

apply settings

As soon as the new setting is applied, that device will not launch iTunes and automatically sync each time that device is connected.

This setting change is also helpful for those who use their iPhone as a personal hotspot over usb. It automatically disables iTunes opening, allowing personal hotspot users one step less.

Another thing iPhone owners should know is to keep regular backups of their iPhone. Many users forget to back up data and this can be a problem if their iPhone malfunctions.

To keep personal photos and other content safe, it’s important to plug iPhone to computer and sync photos, apps, and other content. With iCloud, keeping backups of specific files is much easier than constantly plugging your iPhone in to back it up. For most users, it will be extremely beneficial to use iCloud to back up at least some of their iPhone data.

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