Q: I am wondering how do you make it so when you first connect an iPod touch it does not automatically sync with the computer?

Connect iPod without automatic sync

– Yousuf

A: There are a couple of ways that you can accomplish this. Firstly, if you want to disable syncing globally for any iPod connected to your computer, you can go into your iTunes preferences, select the “Devices” tab, and check the option to Disable automatic syncing for iPhones and iPods.

Alternatively, if you’re looking for only disable automatic syncing only for a specific iPod device, you can simply UNcheck the option to Open iTunes when this iPod is attached from the device’s Summary screen in iTunes.


Connect iPod without automatic sync

Lastly, you can override the automatic sync when connecting an iPod to your computer manually simply by holding down the SHIFT+CTRL keys (Windows) or the CMD+OPT keys (Mac) when connecting your iPod to your computer. Keep holding these keys down until the iPod appears in the Devices list in iTunes—the iPod will remain connected but no automatic sync will occur.



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