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How to Stop Photos from Opening When Plugging an iPhone in

I’m sure some of you have had this happen, you plug in your iPhone into your Mac to sync or charge it and Photo’s automatically launches. When Photo’s launches it seem to take for every to startup and in the mean time it seems to hang any other Apps that you may have open.

There’s a way to stop Photo’s from launching when you plug in you iPhone…I found the following post on gottabemobile.com Craig Lloyd explains…

If you don’t like how the Photos app launches every time you plug your iPhone into your Mac, here’s how to prevent that from happening.

Introduced in a recent update of OS X Yosemite, the Photos Mac app provides a better interface for managing your photo collection. It essentially replaces iPhoto and Aperture, and while some users still rely on Aperture for their photo needs, the new Photos app is a great for casual users and gets the job done just fine.

The app can sync with your iCloud Photo Library, which means that any photos you take on your iPhone will automatically be synced with the Photos Mac app so that the pictures are instantly available on your computer. From there, you can edit the photos right from within the app on your Mac.

You can also do a handful of other stuff within the app, like share photos with friends and family, and even create physical greeting cards and photo books.

However, if you don’t use the app that often (or not at all), then it seems kind of pointless that it would need to be launched every time you plug your iPhone in, and if you’re reading this now, you’re probably one of those users.

Here’s how to stop Photos from opening when you plug your iPhone into your Mac.

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When you plug your iPhone into your computer, it’s usually because you just want to charge your device rather than sync your iTunes library or manage your photo collection. If you’re like me, you don’t use iTunes and you only use the Photos every now and then when you have new photos that you took with your iPhone (even then I just use iCloud Photo Library to access them on my Mac, rather than plug in my iPhone).

So, to stop Photos from opening when you plug your iPhone in, just follow these few simple steps.

  • First off, plug in your iPhone into your Mac and open up the Photos Mac app (it should automatically open anyway!).
  • Next, click on the Import tab at the top of the window.
  • In the upper-left corner of the window, uncheck the box next to Open Photos for this device.

You can now close out of Photos and the app will no longer open whenever you plug in your iPhone.