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 releases fourth developer betas for iOS 9.3.2, tvOS 9.2.1
- Bowers & Wilkins acquired by EVA Automation
- India rejects Apple’s plan to sell used iPhones
- Rumor: Purported iPhone 7 component photo shows headphone jack intact
- Families fight in court over missing teen’s iPhone data
- Court allows police to force woman to unlock iPhone with Touch ID fingerprint
- Coach reportedly releasing bands for Apple Watch
- Invoxia adds Amazon Alexa to Triby
- Apple provides more details on new Apple Music API
- Apple Music for Android adds music videos, Family Plan support
- August Doorbell Cam
- August Smart Lock HomeKit enabled + Smart Keypad
- ecobee3 HomeKit-enabled smart Wi-Fi thermostat
- Zagg Now Cam
- Yantouch EyE Portable Wireless Speaker
- Netatmo Wind Gauge
- Incipio Stashback for iPhone 6/6s
- Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt with HomeKit support
- ClamCase ClamCase Pro for iPad mini 4
- Brydge BrydgeMini II Keyboard for iPad mini 4
- 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
- Inside the betas: What’s new in iOS 9.3 and tvOS 9.2 (Updated)
- Life with HomeKit: Our experiences with Apple’s home automation system
- Under the Radar: 10 ‘hidden’ details about the new Apple TV
- Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iOS 9.0
- Under the Radar: A closer look at smaller iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus changes
- A First Look at iOS 9’s Transit in Apple Maps (Updated for watchOS 2)