This tutorial shows you how to prevent the Apple iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch from automatically syncing with iTunes when you connect it to your computer. You can disable this capability permanently or one time with these steps.
Permanently prevent automatic syncing
1. Open iTunes.
2. Click iTunes > Preferences (on a Mac) or Menu > Preferences (on a PC)
3. Choose the Devices tab and check the Prevent iPods, iPhones, and iPads from syncing automatically box.
Now iTunes will never try to sync anything again when you connect your device to your computer.
Prevent syncing one time
If you don’t wish to disable syncing forever, and only wish to do it one time when connecting your device, use these steps:
- Windows: Hold down Shift and Ctrl while connecting the device until the device appears in iTunes.
- Mac: Hold down Command and Option while connecting the device until the device appears in iTunes.
That’s all their is to it! Now you won’t be bothered with unexpected syncing when trying to use your computer.