How to stop iPhoto or iTunes from launching automatically when connecting your iPhone, iPad

If you’re a Mac user, you might have noticed an annoying default setting that OS X has when you connect your iPhone or iPad: it automatically launches iPhoto or iTunes, which slows down your Mac.

So here’s how to get rid of this annoying setting:

  • Connect your iPhone or iPad to your Mac with your Lightning cable.
  • Let iPhoto open, and then quit it by pressing ⌘ + Q.
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  • Open Image Capture by searching for it in Spotlight (⌘ + Space).
  • Look to the bottom left corner, and you’ll see a Connecting this iPhone opens setting. (If you don’t, click on the small triangle in the lower left corner.)
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  • Click on it, and select No application

You’ll no longer see iPhoto automatically launch when you connect your iPhone or iPad to your Mac.

Many of you might already know this, but this should be a useful tip to a new iOS user who is annoyed by this default behavior.