IPhoto or Photos is a convenient Mac photo software app, which you can find in the Applications folder or in the Launchpad. Although it is the best photo app for Mac, it has one annoying option. Every time you connect your iPhone to your Mac, it opens automatically. Even when you just need to charge your iPhone battery, iPhoto on Mac will start synchronizing the pictures. Well, now that we know what is iPhoto and where  iPhoto on Mac is, it’s time to learn how to stop iPhoto from opening automatically.

How do I stop iPhoto from opening automatically?

The constantly annoying autorun of the iPhotos application has prompted me find a way to disable it. To turn off the autorun option, follow these steps:

  1. Connect your iPhone to your Mac.
  2. As soon as the Photos app is opened, go to the Import section.Photos application window with Import section highlighted
  3. In the left top corner, you will see the Open Photos option. Disable the checkbox.
  4. Photos application showing Import tab with Open Photos option highlighted

  5. Close the program to confirm the action. That’s all. Try to reconnect your device and you will have no problem with iPhoto opening automatically.

Make iPhoto not open via the Terminal

If you do not need Apple Mac Photos to be launched when you connect to any other device, you can disable this function with the help of the Terminal.

  1. Open the Terminal.
  2. Copy and paste to the field the following command, and press Enter:
  3. defaults -currentHost write com.apple.ImageCapture disableHotPlug -bool YES

    Terminal window with entered command for stop iPhoto from autorun

    If you need to return to autostart, then use this command:

    defaults -currentHost write com.apple.ImageCapture disableHotPlug -bool NO

    Terminal window with entered command for iPhoto autorun

Bonus: Phone Cleaner for Media Files

Use Phone Cleaner for Media Files to prevent your iPhone memory getting full:

  • Find and remove big photos and videos.
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