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 one time or permanently with these steps.
Option 1 – 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.
Option 2 – Permanently Prevent Automatic Syncing
- Open iTunes.
- Select “iTunes” > “Preferences” (on a Mac) or “Menu” > “Preferences” (on a PC).
- Choose the “Devices” tab and check the “Prevent iPods, iPhones, and iPads from syncing automatically” box.
That’s all their is to it! Now you won’t be bothered with unexpected syncing when trying to use your computer.