Preventing Photos and iTunes From Automatically Launching

When you plug in your iPhone, iPad or digital camera, the Photos app and iTunes may launch automatically. If you would prefer to stop this behavior, you can easily turn off these options with selections in these apps. But you need to connect the device first and know where to look.

Comments: 10 Responses to “Preventing Photos and iTunes From Automatically Launching”

    Bob Forsberg
    4 years ago

    Thank you for this tip. Apple’s Image Capture has been my app of choice opening to the Desktop and then launching Photoshop. The new Photos auto launch was an intrusion, something Apple seems to feel is OK these days. Appreciate your video to fix this.

    Adele
    4 years ago

    LOVE THIS, Thanks Gary!

    Jeannie
    4 years ago

    O-M-G!!!! THANK YOU!!!! For the longest time while driving if I put my earbud in incase I get a phone call (I use Google Hangouts and Skype apps for my phone) on my IPad songs just randomly start playing in my ear and I could NOT for the life of me figure out why or how to stop it!! I will bet my car that this is going to fix it as I have now turned it off to stop starting ITunes automatically–it’s been the most annoying thing–I even reported it to Apple as a bug!! :)

      4 years ago

      This just stops iTunes/Photos from launching on your Mac. It won’t stop songs from playing when you plug in your earphones. This can happen when something is wrong with the earphones, or the jack on your device making it think that you pressed the button on the cable when you have plugged it in. Try a different set of earphones. If it still happens, maybe a visit to the Genius Bar.
      Note that many states have laws against wearing headphones while driving. You may want to check.

    Jack Pohler
    4 years ago

    Thanks for the tip. I’m passing along my experience. Hopefully it will help someone else. I’m a photographer using Adobe products and not really interested in Photos. I use multiple memory cards. Formatted in the camera, they each get the same name. Should be easy to turn off, Right? However, my mac’s recognize each card individually. It was maddening.
    This tip pointed me in the right direction, which was to insert each card individually and turn it off. Thanks again.

      4 years ago

      Yes, that’s right. Each card has a unique ID. The name isn’t what is used to determine which is which. If it was, then all sorts of other problems with various pieces of software and hardware would occur.

      Simon Jones
      4 years ago

      Jack, I’m also a Pro photographer with the exact same issue as you. But following Gary’s steps fails to stop Photos from launching each time I insert a card into the card reader (I also format my cards in camera).

      Does this definitely work for you once you’ve re-formatted the card in your camera?

      Simon

      (Canon 5DMk3 with CF cards)

        Jack Pohler
        4 years ago

        So far it has. Just to make clear: I inserted card and Photos opened. Highlighted card in sidebar. Unchecked open automatically box. Ejected card and closed Photos. Reinserted card and Photos did not open. Did this with all my cards individually and they all responded the same way. I haven’t had occasion to reformat any cards after shooting, so I’m not sure of the long-term results. I am optimistic.

          Simon
          4 years ago

          Ah, that’s where it’ll go wrong I’m afraid. As soon as you format in camera your Mac won’t recognise the card as one it’s seen before. So it will open Photos as if it was a brand new card. Shucks, I thought we’d nailed it just then(!) Thanks for the reply though :)

            4 years ago

            So, instead of reformatting the card, just delete the photos and empty the card instead.

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