Wouldn’t it be so much easier if Mac launches the corresponding applications only when it is required and not as soon as your iPhone is connected? This is one question that has been puzzling Mac users for years now. As soon as you connect your iPhone just to copy a few pictures or music, iTunes, iPhoto or Image Capture is automatically launched and then you have to go ahead and close these applications before you can proceed with your desired work. This can be quite irritating if you wanted to use a third party application, not to mention the apparent wastage of time. In this article, we shall suggest steps to bypass the default Mac applications and use third party apps as per your convenience.
Given below are the steps to disable iTunes, iPhoto and Image Capture.
How to Disable auto Launch of iPhoto and Image Capture?
- Open your iPhoto app and browse to Preferences.
- Under General tab, tap on “Connecting Camera Opens”
- By default, iPhoto will be selected here. In order to prevent iPhoto and Image Capture from launching automatically the next time you attach your camera, all you got to do is select “No Application” from the drop down menu.
- Alternatively, if you would like Image Capture to be your default camera app, you can select it from the drop down menu.
Using your Chosen App for your iPad or iPhone
If you are using a third party app to manage your photo library, you might want to change the settings so as to allow that particular app to launch when you connect your device. This can be done via Image Capture by following the below steps.
- Connect your iDevice to the Mac
- Open Image Capture
- Select your device from the side bar
- Open the drop-down menu by clicking on the upward arrow on the bottom left corner
- Choose the app of your choice from this menu
- If it is not listed, click ‘other’ and point it from the App Finder
This will allow the selected app to launch the next time you connect the device.
Disabling Auto Launch of iTunes
To disable auto run of iTunes, follow the below steps
- Choose ‘preferences’ from the iTunes menu bar item
- From the drop down menu, choose Devices
- Towards the bottom left corner of the new screen, look for a check box that says ‘Prevent iPods, iPhones, and iPads from syncing automatically’
- Check this box and click OK to save the settings.
The next time you connect your iPhone, you no longer have to see iTunes popping up. You can always open it manually by giving the appropriate file opening commands. Please note that this won’t disable the automatic syncing when you connect your device. The above method will merely disable the auto launch feature of iTunes and this can be restored anytime by following steps and un-checking the ‘Prevent iPods, iPhones, and iPads from syncing automatically’ box.