Preventing iPhoto from opening when connecting an iPod touch
Ask iLounge offers readers the opportunity to get answers to their iPod-, iPhone-, iPad-, iTunes-, or Apple TV-related questions from a member of the iLounge editorial team. We'll answer several questions here each week, and of course, you can always get help with more immediate concerns from the iLounge Discussion Forums. Submit your questions for consideration using our Ask iLounge Submit Form. We reserve the right to edit questions for grammar, spelling, and length.
Q:When I plug my iPod touch in to sync with my Mac, it opens iPhoto and tries to sync photos even though I have ‘sync photos’ turned off and then will not sync music until I do a manual sync. Any thoughts? I’m using the latest iTunes version.
A: Actually, what appears to be happening here has nothing to do with syncing photos to your device, but rather with the fact that your Mac is seeing your iPod touch as a “camera” and therefore opening iPhoto in much the same way as it would if you connected any other digital camera to your computer. Even though the iPod touch does not have a camera in it, you can save photos from other applications such as Mail or Safari, and these go into a “Saved Photos” section on your iPod touch and can be transferred back to your computer in much the same way as they would be from a digital camera.
The simplest way to fix this issue is to tell iPhoto to not open when you connect a camera. You can do this by going into your iPhoto preferences and changing the option beside “Connecting camera opens” to “No Application.”
Unfortunately, this will turn off automatic starting of iPhoto for any camera that you connect, and not just your iPod touch. This should be a minor issue, however, as it’s not difficult to open iPhoto manually when you connect your camera and actually want to transfer photos into your iPhoto library.
Assuming that you don’t actually have your iPod touch set to manage its content manually, the problem with it not syncing when connected is likely a separate issue with your iTunes preferences. Go into your iTunes Preferences and check the “Devices” tab and you’ll notice a setting to “Disable automatic syncing for iPhones and iPods.”
Ensure this is not selected, otherwise iTunes will not automatically sync any iPod or iPhone that is connected to your computer.
- Will removing a credit card from Safari also remove it from Apple Pay?
- Can I mute Handoff calls coming into my Mac from my iPhone?
- How do I keep my iPhone calls from ringing on my Mac?
- Why doesn’t Traffic show up on my Today Notifications Screen?
- Why doesn’t my iPhone reconnect to Wi-Fi after I turn it on?
- Why can’t I see the iPad-style landscape view on my iPhone 6 Plus?
- Apple to sell limited-edition Olympic Apple Watch bands exclusively in Brazil
- Report: iPhone 7 will include Lightning adapter instead of Lightning EarPods
- Edward Snowden designing device to prevent iPhone wiretapping
- Report: Apple Car team running into challenges, launch may slip to 2021
- Corning announces Gorilla Glass 5
- Apple under fire for providing refurbished replacements under AppleCare+
- Report: Apple acquires cloud music provider Omnifone? [Update: No]
- Apple releases second iOS 10 public beta
- India clears the way for Apple to open retail stores
- Apple Pay launches in Hong Kong
- Netatmo Tags for Welcome Smart Home Camera
- iDevices Socket HomeKit-enabled Light Adapter
- Koogeek Wi-Fi SmartPlug for Apple HomeKit
- Marbotic Smart Letters for iPad
- Ecoxgear Sol Jam Bluetooth Speaker
- Gumdrop Cases DropTech Case + Hand Strap for 9.7” iPad Pro
- Braven BRV-1M Bluetooth Speaker
- Braven BRV-Blade Bluetooth Speaker
- Invoxia Voice Bridge
- Incase Keyboard Case for iPad Air 2
- Inside the betas: iOS 10 Photos gets Advanced Computer Vision
- Inside the betas: iOS 10 Music app delivers ‘clarity and simplicity’
- Inside the betas: iOS 10 Maps gets a major redesign
- Inside the betas: iOS 10 shakes up the user experience
- Inside the betas: watchOS 3 promises a real speed boost
- Inside the betas: A sneak peek at what’s new in tvOS 10
- Filling the Gap: A look at third-party HomeKit apps
- Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of tvOS 9.2
- Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iOS 9.3
- Opinion: Why Apple needs a dedicated HomeKit app