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  • Step 1

    Step 1
    Go to Applications and open Image Capture

  • Step 2

    Step 2
    When Image Capture launches, click on the Image Capture menu link and select Preferences from the pull-down menu

  • Step 3

    Step 3
    The Preferences panel will open. Click on the pull-down after 'When a camera is connected, open...' and select No application. Then Quit

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How to stop iPhoto auto-launching when connecting the iPhone

This illustrated walkthrough shows how to stop iPhoto launching automatically every time you connect your iPhone to your Mac

If you own a Mac and an iPhone you are probably sick to death of seeing iPhoto automatically launch every time you connect your phone to your computer.

It's not obvious how to stop this annoying behaviour: neither the Preferences of iPhoto nor the Settings panel of the iPhone OS offer nay obvious solution.

This is because your Mac has an application called Image Capture which is designed to retrive images from a digital camera. And this app thinks that the iPhone is actually a dital camera - which it is, among other things. And it's the Preferences of Image Capture that you need to modify to stop the auto-launch.

To stop iPhoto launching automatically:

  1. Go to Applications and open Image Capture
  2. When Image Capture launches, click on the Image Capture menu link and select Preferences from the pull-down menu
  3. The Preferences panel will open. Click on the pull-down after 'When a camera is connected, open...' and select No application
  4. Quit Image Capture

The next time you connect your iPhone Image Capture will be conspicuous by its absence.

When you do need to transfer your photos from the iPhone to your Mac you must open the application manually.

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