How to Prevent an iPhone from Automatically Syncing in iTunes

When you connect your iPhone to your computer, iTunes assumes that you want to either sync or back it up. But if you prefer to manually manage your iTunes content on your phone, or if you are simply connecting to your computer to charge your device, then this syncing can be a bit of an annoyance. Fortunately you can configure iTunes so that it won’t automatically start syncing.


Disable Your iPhone from Auto-syncing When You Connect to Your Computer

Note that checking this box will make it so that any device that you connect will not start syncing automatically. You are making a change in iTunes, which will affect any other Apple device that you connect to your computer.


Step 1: Launch iTunes.

launch iTunes



Step 2: Click the iTunes menu button at the top-left corner of the window.

open the iTunes menu



Step 3: Select the Preferences option.

open the preferences menu



Step 4: Click the Devices option at the top of the window.

open the devices menu



Step 5: Check the box to the left of Prevent iPods, iPhones and iPads from syncing automatically.

how to prevent iTunes from syncing automatically when you connect your phone



Step 6: Click the OK button at the bottom of the window to save and apply your changes.


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