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How to prevent iTunes from launching when you connect your iPhone

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All iOS devices, whether an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch are set to automatically launch iTunes any time they are connected to a computer. This is a really good feature but the problem is it is not all the time that we connect our device that we really intend to use iTunes. So it can sometimes be annoying to bump into it when we plug the handset. The good news is you can always turn off the feature. There is a way to disable auto connect within iTunes. Here is how to disable the feature.

You should first connect your iOS device to your computer or Mac machine via USB. Obviously iTunes will launch within some few seconds after that. On the Window that follows up, make sure that the name of the device you just plug is seen and selected. On the right window, also make sure that it is the Summary tab that is selected.

On the Summary tab, scroll down to the “Options” section. You should see a check box for “Open iTunes when this iPhone is connected”. By default it is checked in advance but in this case you want it unchecked. Keep in mind that depending on whether you plugged in an iPad or iPod the wording might be slightly different but it stands for the same thing.

You can then close iTunes. From that point on if you connect your phone, iTunes will not launch automatically. You can comfortably plug your phone when you want to charge the battery. This trick works both on Windows and Mac OS X.


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The advantage of this is that you can try other software on your desktop that you want to use with your iOS device.

Some free alternative to iTunes

Here are 3 alternatives to iTunes that you can rely on


This is not just a software to organize your music on your iPhone, it can be used to properly manage your entire collection. This includes Spotify, SoundCloud, Grooveshark and Tomahawk is completely free. It is an open source software that can be installed on the Mac, Windows or Linux.

With this software you will not need to hop between different applications to find the song you need, you get everything in one place.


If you are looking for something really simple to works with your iPhone then this media center should work fine for you. It is a Windows based program that you can install for free on your computer. It works just like iTunes so you can import all your songs into your desktop. You can use the application to connect to SHOUTcast and Icecast Internet radio as well as play media in your network. The strength of MediaMonkey lies in the rich directory of podcast stations it has to offer and they can easily be sorted according to genre and year. You can sync not only your iPhone with this but also Android phones as well.

So basically by disabling the automatic launch on iTunes you are given yourself much more options when connecting of iOS device.

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