How to Stop iTunes Auto Syncing When You Connect iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch

One of the little annoying things about iTunes is that it pops up right open when you connect your iPhone and begins to sync automatically. Now, with a lot of stuff around – apps, photos, email, videos, music – that keeps changing constantly in the iPhone, this auto sync isn’t my kind of a thing.

So the best way to get rid of this problem is to disable auto sync in iTunes 12 or earlier version. Ever wondered about that? It’s actually a great relief to be able to sync only when you click the ‘Sync’ button at the bottom of iTunes.

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How to Disable iTunes Auto Syncing When Connecting iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch with Mac/PC

Step #1. Open iTunes on your Mac or PC.

Step #2. For Windows user: By default, the interface doesn’t show you the menu options. You can press Alt+Shortcut Key to open a menu. Alt+E opens ‘Edit’ and this is what we need. Click on “Preferences” and it opens up the all too familiar iTunes Preferences.

iTunes PreferencesFor Mac Users: Simply click on iTunes from the menu, and then on Preferences.

iTunes Preferences on Mac

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Step #3. From the tab options, click on “Devices.”

Step #4. Check the “Prevent iPods, iPhones and iPads from syncing automatically.”

Stop iTunes Auto Syncing When Connect iPhone or iPad

Step #5. Click OK once done.

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Maybe, restart iTunes just in case to test if the settings really have taken effect.

What It Really Does

  • It helps in preventing that annoyingly slow auto sync between your device and computer. Sometimes, just sometimes, you don’t want to sync at all, right?
  • In most cases, you’ll also find that iTunes may not fire up automatically after you plug-in the device. So yeah, this is also a solution to stop iTunes from an auto-start.

Note that you’ll need to manually sync if you want your data to be synced with the computer.

Also, note that this whole thing doesn’t affect the charging process so your iPhone will get charged irrespective of what settings you use.

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That’s all!

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Dhvanesh Adhiya
Dhvanesh Adhiya is our editor-in-chief and reviewer who takes care of He is passionate for wonderful apps that change the way your iPhone interacts in your life.


  1. Well on my wife’s 3G this didn’t work! I restarted iTunes, and the Prevent from syncing button was selected, but the annoying autosync did happen so I was unable to Right Click on Restore from Backup, as if I do it exits with the error a Session didn’t start and if I restarted again the same problem!!! Really sux!!!! @@@

    • I see I couldn’t figure out what I was doing wrong … lol
      BTW I didn’t check that … Neither know you had that setting. Never messed with iTunes default settings in my iPhone 4 or hers …

    • Oops. Okay, one doubt here: did you turn off iTunes Wifi sync on your wife’s iPhone?
      Go to Settings -> General -> iTunes Wi-fi Sync and make sure that isn’t enabled. You’ll have to connect your iPhone to the computer (and open iTunes) to change this setting, though.

      • Hi, I have an ipod full of music that I will be connecting to an empty itunes, but I have enabled itunes wifi sync. However, if I just turn off the wifi in my house will it stop from auto syncing ? Just so I do not have the same problem as icecoldfl

  2. I checked the prevent devices from autosyncing in the itunes preferences and there is no option to check on my ipod. it keeps auto syncing every single time. Any ideas on how to prevent this?

  3. i`m looking for itunes alternative, cause it doesn`t seem easy for me at all. For transfering music/videos to my ipod touch i use WALTR for Mac/PC, and i`m really satisfied with this software
    Does anybody know any other apps, that can help to replace itunes ?


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