Stop iTunes from Automatically Opening When iPhone, iPad, or iPod is Connected
Updated 5/1/2015: By default, iTunes will automatically launch when any compatible device is connected, be it an iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Nano, whatever.
Having iTunes open itself automatically can be helpful but it can also be annoying, it really depends on your user preferences. If you don’t want this to happen, you can easily turn off the automatic open feature within iTunes, and here’s how to do it:
- Connect the iPhone, iPad, iPod device to the computer
- Inside iTunes, click on the device and then click on the ‘Summary’ tab
- Scroll to the bottom of the Summary tab selections until you see “Options”
- Click on the checkbox next to ‘Open iTunes when this iPhone is connected’ – wording will be slightly different if your device is an iPad or iPod or whatever
- Close iTunes
Now iTunes will not automatically open if you plug your iPhone, iPad, or iPod to your computer. This works the same on a Mac or a PC.
Note that disabling automatic syncing is a separate function which can be turned off elsewhere in iTunes preferences.
This works in all versions of iTunes and for both Mac OS X and Windows.