3 Ways to Eject iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch from Computer with iTunes

Dec 7, 2015 - 3 Comments

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Many users connect their iPhone, iPad, or iPod to a computer for syncing with iTunes. When syncing and iTunes usage is finished, users may or may not want to eject the iOS device, depending on their intended usage. We’ll cover a few methods of ejecting iOS devices from a computer with iTunes, and they work with wi-fi synced devices or with iOS devices connected with a USB cable.

Ejecting an iOS device while keeping it connected to the computer has the benefit of the iOS device charging, while not being accessible to iTunes and thus preventing syncing or other behavior. This can be desirable for obvious reasons, particularly if you’re charging someone elses device but don’t want the iTunes interference.

Ejecting an iOS Device from iTunes

If you only have a single iOS device connected to iTunes, either through wi-fi sync or with a USB cable, simply select the device in the iTunes toolbar then click the eject button as shown in the screenshot:

Eject an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch from ITunes

You can also eject an iOS device directly from the device toolbar item without actually selecting the device itself, this can be helpful if you have multiple devices connected or synced to the computer with iTunes:

Ejecting an iPhone from a computer with iTunes

Eject an iPhone / iPad / iPod from the iTunes Dock Icon in OS X

Mac users can use a really easy iTunes Dock trick to eject connected iOS devices:

  • Right-click on the iTunes icon in the OS X Dock and choose “Eject (name of iOS Device)”

Eject iOS device from iTunes Dock icon

Finally, you can also just quit out of iTunes and then disconnect the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch from a USB cable, but if the device has wi-fi syncing enabled (and it likely should because it’s convenient) then it won’t ‘eject’ completely this way, and obviously it wouldn’t receive battery charging if it was disconnected from the USB cable.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPad, iPhone, iTunes, Tips & Tricks

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  1. InTheory says:

    I was told by Apple Tech Support that ejecting a phone was unnecessary as long as it wasn’t syncing or otherwise communicating with the computer. Just unplug it.

    • Paul says:

      I would agree with that, ejecting is mostly for if you don’t want the device to show up in iTunes (maybe it’s a friends or colleagues iPhone) but you want to charge it.

      • InTheory says:

        That would be the only reason I can think of. If it was bad for the phone I’d expect a message to pop up as they do if a drive is unplugged without dismounting first.

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