Tell Your iPhone to Stop Opening iPhoto!

Every time I plugged in my iPhone, it had this nasty habit of opening iPhoto for me. Not because it wanted to drive me to drink, but because iPhoto is set to open any time a digital camera is connected to my computer – which, technically, an iPhone is.

To stop this behavior, you won’t find any preference in iTunes or iPhoto, where you would normally think to look. This little gem can be found in a separate application in your Applications folder called Image Capture.

Open Image Capture and go to the Preferences menu (under the Image Capture menu item). Under the General tab, change the option for “When a camera is connected…” to “No Application” instead of “iPhoto”.


This means you’ll have to manually start iPhoto when you connect your digital camera, but you won’t have to CLOSE iPhoto every time you plug in your iPhone (which, for me, is a heck of a lot more often than plugging in a camera!)

    • Pasko
    • October 8th, 2007

    Thanks heaps! that was starting to really annoy me

    • Doug
    • October 8th, 2007

    This works just as well for stopping this behavior every time I plug in my card reader with a card formatted by my Nikon. I store other things besides photos on the card, but the camera formats the card with its namesake. So, until now, every time I go to transfer a Word file iPhoto thinks a camera is being plugged in. Not anymore!

    I actually read this post, followed the instructions and wrote this comment while waiting for iPhoto to open, load, and quit.

    Thanks Michael! PS: Great site!!

    • ryan
    • October 10th, 2007

    Thank you for posting this! This was driving me nuts!

    • derek
    • October 15th, 2007

    thank you thank you thank you! this was driving me crazy!!

  1. Excellent work! This was really beginning to annoy me also and I had exhausted the ‘Preferences’ section of iPhoto to no avail. Hopefully this will be a future iTunes enhancement so that OSX can distinguish between a camera being connected and an iPhone which is connected way more.

    • Tara
    • November 5th, 2007

    More thanks!

    • b-dogg
    • November 9th, 2007

    that was driving me mental!

    • Mike
    • November 10th, 2007

    Brilliant tip, this problem was really, really annoying me

  2. thanks!

  3. Now, please let me know if this asks for a password. If it does, tell me how to get around it.
    Anyway, I couldn’t figure out how to keep iPhoto form opening every time I plugged in my iPhone, so I made this dinky app and stuck it in my apps folder.
    Download it here (if I posted it right):

    Open Image Capture, and in Preferences, select “When a camera is connected open:” and navigate to your Applications folder to select “”. Now, it asks you if you want to begin the tedious task of opening iPhoto!

    Yay, me!

    Sorry if you have trouble downloading this….I’m a total noob. Tell me how and I’ll fix it.

    • Ian
    • November 17th, 2007

    You’re the Mac Daddy…. 🙂

  4. Haha! I hope you’re not being sarcastic! 🙂 Did the download work ok?

  5. Thanks for fixing my Mac with this simple trick. You continually help me negotiate the new Mac life. I feel more secure knowing you and Phorium are supporting me. Cheers!

    • el
    • December 12th, 2007

    thanks – can’t believe that apple made that option so hidden

    • kaustic
    • December 21st, 2007

    FYI: The option to open no application when a camera is connected is built into iPhoto ’08. It is under Preferences>General>Connecting Camera Opens…

    You may wish to clarify that this is for older versions of iLife/iPhoto.

  6. kaustic – consider it noted! Thanks for the info!

    • Curtis
    • December 23rd, 2007

    Thankyou buddy. The whole autoiphoto was getting incredibly annoying!!

    • buddhistMonkey
    • January 18th, 2008

    I love you, man. And I love Google, too, for finding you four months later.

  7. I love u too! Thanks a lot for the tip “desactivate iPhoto opening when iPhone is connected”!

    • Andrew
    • February 1st, 2008

    THANK YOU!! Good God that was annoying

  8. Thanks allot mate… this was getting on my nerves

    • Bullwinkle
    • February 7th, 2008

    I opened my image capture in aplications and found no preferences. Any suggestions?


  9. Bullwinkle: Choose the “Preferences…” option from the Image Capture menu. You’ll find it there.

  10. Thanks again, I was surprised to find so many others as frustrated as I, over this behavior.

    • Chendo
    • February 10th, 2008

    Googled this question and your answer was the first to come up!! Thank you for this information!!

    • bob
    • May 10th, 2008

    what if i dont have image capture? i have leopard and that program does not show up in my applications for some reason.

  11. Hi bob,

    iPhoto ’08 now has the option to disable this in the preferences with an option called “Connecting camera opens:” in the General pane. If you don’t have iPhoto ’08 I’m not sure what the option would be without Image Capture…

    • Scott
    • May 20th, 2008

    What would be really nice is to figure out how to set mac up to open iphoto when a camera is inserted but NOT when an Iphone or any other specified device is inserted.


    This has been a steering wheel on my groin area for a long time

    (Driving me nuts)

    • santi
    • June 23rd, 2008

    you da man!

  13. Awesome, useful!

    • merritt
    • July 17th, 2008


    • Lum
    • July 21st, 2008

    Thank you Very much! It was getting quite annoying!

    • Paul
    • July 23rd, 2008

    THANK YOU!!!

    • OMG!
    • July 31st, 2008

    Oh man! Thank you.
    I hated that happening.

  14. Thanks a lot for this one – I wouldn’t have thought to look there. What a nuisance.

    • Mike
    • August 2nd, 2008

    Thanks dude, I was ready to choke someone…

    • Erik
    • August 3rd, 2008

    Thanks so much, totally a nuisance and now taken care of!

  15. Thanks so much. How could Apple have been so blind about this?

    • hank
    • August 5th, 2008

    Thank you!

    • Wieland
    • August 6th, 2008

    I wish this setting could be finetuned. I have Image Capture open automatically when I plug in any of my camera’s, and I’d like it to stay that way. I generally plug in a camera to transfer pictures to my Mac.

    I’d much rather have the option to disable Image Capture for my iPhone only, since I generally plug in the phone to sync it with iTunes or recharge the battery.

    • George
    • August 9th, 2008

    Thanks very much.

    • Jens
    • August 13th, 2008

    Thank you – Great help!

    • Ellie
    • August 15th, 2008

    Thank God! This was starting to drive me nuts!

    • Edgardo
    • August 21st, 2008

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    • eric
    • August 22nd, 2008

    I was looking everywhere to turn this off, thank you SO much. I sit at my computer with my phone plugged into it, it rings, I unplug it, I get off the phone, and plug it back in and have to close IPHOTO again and again and again and again and now…nevermore.

    • toby
    • September 2nd, 2008

    i’ve been wanting to do this for ages!!

    • steve
    • September 5th, 2008

    Thanks….that was eassy!!

    • Dizwald
    • September 7th, 2008

    Thanks!!! I can’t believe I put up with that for so long when it was so easy to fix!

    • Tim
    • September 7th, 2008

    Yes! Thanks!

    • Dan
    • September 12th, 2008

    Perfect. Thank you muchly.

  16. Thanks so much. That’s a huge help.

    • Andrew F.
    • September 15th, 2008

    I would have never guessed this preference would be under Image Capture of all applications. Apple needs to fix this and put the option to open iPhoto when connecting to the computer in iTunes or iPhoto.

  17. Thanks was looking for that little bug everywhere!

    • Colin
    • September 18th, 2008

    You have saved so much time for many you don’t even know.

    • .sara
    • September 24th, 2008

    a little over a year after you posted this information, it’s still coming in handy! thanks!

    • Jeff
    • September 27th, 2008

    Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

    • matt
    • October 4th, 2008

    Excellent, excatly the fix I was after.

    • jtab72
    • October 7th, 2008

    Finally! It is so annoying to have iphoto pop up just because I hooked up my iphone to charge.

  18. omfg thank you

  19. You’re a lifesaver!

    • Dave
    • October 23rd, 2008

    THANK THE LORD!!!!!……and you of course for posting this.

    • markyb60
    • November 5th, 2008

    I thank you.

    • jmyd
    • November 14th, 2008

    THANK YOU. THANK YOU!! I was really about at my wits end over this.

  20. Thanks, this drove me mentaly nuts for over a year now.

    • nikhil
    • November 18th, 2008

    THANKYou so much!! Why cant apple give us the option to open iphoto. It does it on an ipod touch which doesn’t have a camera!! Wtf?

    and Fred, nice idea, but it doesnt work! it opens mac classic! Worse than iphoto!!! (your right yr a noob) But if it worked itd be nice.

    • Roof on Fire
    • November 21st, 2008

    Glad I found this tip, but . . . . .
    When I open Image Capture, it says: ‘You cannot open the application “Image Capture” because it may be damaged or incomplete.’ What is that about?? Any clues or suggestions? Many thanks, Roof on Fire

    • dm8
    • November 29th, 2008

    OMG THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH. This was really starting to bug me!! Your the best.

    • ghenghisjuan
    • December 3rd, 2008

    i love you man

    • pelican
    • December 3rd, 2008

    thank you, that was getting very old!

    • rat666
    • December 3rd, 2008

    just another thank you – you seem to be single-handedly improving the community’s mental health. blessing your way!

    • MB
    • December 9th, 2008

    Yay! You are a god

    • john
    • December 19th, 2008

    Let the sun shine upon you and you children.

    • tom
    • January 1st, 2009

    thanks a ton

    • Jason
    • January 4th, 2009

    So funny the annoying things humans put up with for years, and I don’t mean my wife [rim shot]. Ha ha, just kidding, I’m single, painfully single. Anyway, thanks for the easy fix!

    • Steve
    • January 11th, 2009

    Thanks so much MIke for showing me how to remove one of several little irritations relating to my iPhone. I now like this great pocket-product even better. Happy New Year dude!

  21. Thanks 🙂 Can’t believe this one made it through QA…

    • Stevo
    • January 13th, 2009

    SAVIOR! Too easy yet sooooooooo relieving!

    • KenKen
    • January 16th, 2009

    Thank you! thank you! thank you!

    • Ryan McLeod
    • February 1st, 2009

    I love you so much right now

    • Lee
    • February 7th, 2009

    You are my new best friend in the whole wide world! At least until someone tells me how to burn purchased movies onto DVD’s.

    • Lachlan
    • February 14th, 2009

    Thank-you! Was looking for the same answer for my ipod touch.

    • alistair
    • February 14th, 2009

    iPhoto 09 finally has this preference setting in its own preferences panel. yay! But thanks for the tip because I was just trying to remember how to do it on an old iPhoto on an old PowerBook. Result 🙂

    • Celeste
    • February 15th, 2009

    This got rid of a problem that was REALLY irritating me, especially as my iPhoto is buggy and likes to freeze all the time. THANK YOU.

  22. Thank you, it was getting annoying. 😀

    • Al
    • February 21st, 2009

    Oh thanks goodness for this!

    • Stefanie
    • February 23rd, 2009

    My hero!

    • PinkPunkPenguin
    • February 25th, 2009

    Sneaky sneaky…Thank you so much, that has been making me insane for MONTHS. I don’t know why I didn’t think to look there (if you could see my face, I’d be rolling my eyes).

    • Justin Garland
    • February 27th, 2009

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    • Kevin B.
    • March 17th, 2009

    Thanks you so much! I was about to throw my Macbook out the window!

    • Colyn
    • March 17th, 2009

    Thank you… this has been driving me crazy for about a year!

    • Steve
    • March 24th, 2009

    Awesome! I’ve just moved from iPhoto to Picasa so it’s doubly great to know how and where to control this behaviour. Many thanks! 🙂

  23. Good god, thank you – as others have said, you’ve saved me a huge headache!

    • Lincoln
    • March 27th, 2009

    Thank you, that was the most annoying thing about docking my iPhone!

    • Chris
    • April 1st, 2009


    • Travis
    • April 4th, 2009

    I’d like to echo all the other people on here and say “thank you.” I couldn’t stand my iphone opening iphoto! Fixed now!

    • JT
    • April 9th, 2009

    THANK YOU! thank you! thank you.

    • daniel
    • April 21st, 2009

    Thanks but to let people know at least the version of iphoto i am using has that feature in it know so there is no need to open up image capture

    • RDL
    • April 30th, 2009

    iPhoto opening all the time was driving me completely insane.

    I tried iPhoto preferences awhile back and since I didn’t see any option I assumed there wasn’t one. Glad I googled again tonight! I have put up with that extra time it takes to load iPhoto and then close it for way too long.

    I appreciate the info. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

  24. GREAT! Thank you very much! You would not believe all the wrong answers on the internet.

  25. i like everyone else was about to go insane over this little feature. this is my first mac and was relaying my frustrations to a friend who simply said ‘google it’.

    • coco
    • May 15th, 2009

    Thanks….. it was driving me crazy that I couldn’t use preferences in iPhoto to stop it launching.

  26. Thanks so much! This did the trick!

  27. Many thanks. After enduring about 6 months’ worth of frustration on this score, I finally got round to googling it. Ha.

    • Fez
    • June 4th, 2009

    Awsome, thanks a lot, iphoto was doing my head in!!!!!

    • sct
    • June 8th, 2009

    Wow! You have answered my prayers. Hallelujah!

  28. Thank you so much for this tip! So necessary!

    • Neckel23
    • June 18th, 2009

    Thank you so very much. I photo was driving me crazy. Very useful tip

    • bowlandspoon
    • June 18th, 2009

    Thanks for the great tip,
    However there is an option in iphoto preferences for this (version 8.0.3). Could be only in iphoto 09, I never looked for it in 08.

    • shawn
    • June 20th, 2009


    • Stephen
    • June 20th, 2009

    Thanks! This is has been driving me nuts.

    • Jessica
    • June 26th, 2009

    Thank you!!! This was SO obnoxious!!

    • Matt
    • July 2nd, 2009

    THANK YOU!!!!!!!

  29. Excellent.. that has annoyed me sooooo much. Gave up trying to figure out how to disable it.

    • Justin
    • July 6th, 2009

    Woo hoo! Yes! Thank you!

    • Ruthee
    • July 7th, 2009

    Thank you so much for publishing this tip. That was SO annoying.

    • boneless
    • July 10th, 2009

    Thank you! All the other solutions I found mentioned an option that my version of iphoto doesn’t have.

    • Silican
    • July 13th, 2009

    Thanks for the tip. It seriously is an annoying little procedure to quit iPhoto everytime I connect my iPhone.

    • Diana
    • July 20th, 2009

    Thank you so so much!! Who would’ve thought to look at the Image Capture Preferences?!?

  30. Wow! Thanks so much… no preference in iTune or iPhoto was a big no-no… now I know how some of MY visitors feel when they come to my site for a tip & are relieved to find a solution. Thanks so much!

    • nick
    • August 6th, 2009

    thank you so much…iphoto does nothing but make my computer slow. so much relief to be able to sync photos when/if i want to!

    • Dash
    • August 7th, 2009

    Thank you so much 🙂 It was driving me up the wall

  31. THANK YOU! You are my personal Baby Jesus.

    • Clare
    • August 18th, 2009

    i so want this .. but can’t find the application “Image Capture” ? Any ideas?

    • Clare – the newest version of iPhoto now has this preference in iPhoto instead of Image Capture. Depending on how long ago you bought your Mac, they may not even include Image Capture anymore – but I’m only guessing at that. Which version of iPhoto do you have?

    • Zenya
    • August 24th, 2009


    • arnold
    • August 28th, 2009

    Thank you thank you!!!!

    • Jay
    • August 28th, 2009

    That’s awesome, thanks. Would be even better if there was a setting to open iPhoto ONLY when there are new photos available to import from the iPhone…

    • Kris
    • September 6th, 2009

    Thanks for the help! Quick and easy solution to something that’s bugged me for a long time.

    • cait
    • September 7th, 2009

    Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  32. WOW, this is exactly what I was looking for! Thanks a bunch!

  33. It seems in Snow Leopard that this has changed a bit, you can still set this preference in Image Capture, here is how:

    – Load Image Capture with the iPhone attached
    – Select the iPhone in the devices list on the left side
    – Down in the lower left corner is a drop down titled “Connecting this iPhone opens:”
    – Select “No Application”

    This should stop it loading iPhoto when you connect it. The extra benefit here is that you can set different preferences for different devices allowing your actual digital camera to still open iPhoto.

    The preference in iPhoto described above seems to be a global preference for all digital camera’s so not nearly as flexible as this.

    Hope that is useful

    • Thanks, Nick. I wasn’t aware Image Capture had changed in Snow Leopard.

    • paula
    • September 19th, 2009

    How to spell pain relief? michaelkrol.

    • Soroush
    • September 20th, 2009

    worked! thanks.

    • Matthew
    • September 23rd, 2009

    It’s a shame this doesn’t show up higher in Google search results! I promoted this page. Thanks a lot!

    • Danny
    • September 26th, 2009

    THANK YOU!!!!!

    • Brittany
    • September 30th, 2009

    Thank you so much! I searched FOREVER for this feature in iPhoto, iTunes, and the Settings on my iPhone and could not figure out for my life how to disable it. It was driving me crazy as I have thousands of pictures in iPhoto and a 4-year old iBook, which becomes completely useless for about 10 minutes when it opens iPhoto. Consequently, I never used to plug in my iPhone to my computer, and now I can. Thank you thank you thank you!

    • Gail
    • October 5th, 2009

    Thank you ! That’s been driving me mad !

  34. Your have quite literally removed my fear of plugging in my iphone. Never would have looked there, and I’ve been using Mac since I’ve been using computers.

    • Zopo
    • October 12th, 2009

    I did it ages ago and couldn’t for the life of me remember I knew it was preferences but where… Google its amazing what you can ask!! (and Blog.

    • lora Lamm
    • October 12th, 2009

    you saved my sanity! thank you!

  35. Star man,
    It has changed a bit with regards how you do it on Snow Leopard but your post really helped. Finally cracked this – the amount of times I have been through the iphoto preferences pane looking for the answer. Thanks you.

    • arthur
    • October 17th, 2009

    Thanks has been annoying me for ages 🙂
    when i had my iphone plugged in and tried this is allowed me to stop the iphone from opening up iphoto.

  36. Thanks a bunch Michael!

    • jeff
    • October 18th, 2009


    • Maxim Moston
    • October 20th, 2009

    I tried your method but the Image Capture menu didn’t have Preferences. It’s version 6.0 on OS 10.6.1. Could they have done away with this feature?

    • Maxim Moston
    • October 20th, 2009

    Oh, maybe a new version of Image Capture- if I select the iPhone in the devices column in the upper left hand side, a box appears in the lower left. That’s where I can choose “No application” in the drop down menu of “Connecting this iPhone opens:”
    Thanks for the hint.

    • Justin
    • October 21st, 2009

    Wow! Who would have thought this many people were having this problem. This should really be a preference in every image editing application and not just Image Capture, that nobody really uses anyway. Thank you so very much. I didn’t have this problem with iPhoto, but with Aperture instead. After searching for “Aperture opening with iPod Touch” and finding nothing but stupid answers online, I thought I would try something a little more popular than Aperture. Lo’ and Behold, your site was the first hit.

    • John
    • November 4th, 2009

    On Snow Leopard with iPhoto ’09, you can do this by setting the preference in iPhoto under the General tag -> Connecting Camera Opens -> No Application

  37. Thanks! This had been bugging me for a while. Much appreciated.

    • Damian
    • December 14th, 2009

    Thank You Thank You! man that annoyed me.. I guess I used google rather than preferences to check it out..duh

    • Tim
    • December 19th, 2009

    Thanks for the helpful tip been bugging me for ages now 😀

    • callie
    • January 5th, 2010

    I thank you. My computer thanks you. Sweet baby Jesus thanks you.

    This has been annoying me for waaaaay too long.

  38. Brilliant!! I never would have figured that out in a ga-gillion years. Thank you!!

  39. Thanks so much for posting this.
    On my own computer I have Aperture loaded and I think the setting is in there. But on my wife’s computer it kept popping open iPhoto when the phone is plugged in to tether, and thats quite a bit.
    Not any more. Funny how some simple things can feel sooo good to get fixed. 🙂

    • jbranson
    • January 8th, 2010

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!!!

    • Relieved
    • January 13th, 2010


    • Jono
    • February 2nd, 2010

    I’m not sure if this info is out of date now but I couldn’t find to do it your way but I could find the same option under IPhoto/Preferences. Same info, just different place. Thanks! 🙂

  40. You’re a legend! Have a slightly elderly PowerBook G4 running 10.4.11, and this was the biggest single annoyance with my new iPhone. You’ve stopped me going mad!

    Cheers, Simon.

    • Buck
    • February 19th, 2010

    Much thanks goes to you all for this GREAT help!! I was just going STARK RAVING MAD with this nuisance, and finally found this webpage with an explanation of how to do it. At first, I didn’t get it but I got it after I connected my iPhone to the laptop.

    I have Snow Leopard 10.6, and the option is inside Image Capture.


  41. Thanks for this. I’m a fairly recent Apple convert, and so far very happy with the change. There’s just a handful of little nits where something seems like it should be so easy to change, like this, but the setting is buried somewhere that it’s hard to find.

    • Abe
    • March 2nd, 2010

    Heck yeah!!

    Thanks 🙂

    • Eve
    • March 8th, 2010

    THANK YOU!!!! It was driving me nuts!

    • jerm
    • March 13th, 2010

    thanks man

    • Lisa Marie
    • March 30th, 2010

    Thank you so much for posting this! It was driving me wild!

    • Tim
    • April 4th, 2010

    Many thanks!~

    • rich
    • April 8th, 2010

    yea thanks

  42. Thanks, really helpful – wouldn’t of found it otherwise.

    • bella
    • April 17th, 2010

    i have been struggling with this for so long thank you much appreciated

    • Dave Fixsen
    • April 19th, 2010

    Like everyone else – thanks for this! It was a huge help and reduced my embarrassment when attaching my iPhone to my MacBook. I used ot have to say “yeah, it just does that, and I’m not sure how to shut it off”. Not very Mac-like.

    • Morris
    • May 4th, 2010

    thank you
    this is much better then the other solution:

    iPhoto->Preferences->General. Change the option “Connecting camera opens” option to “No application”

    coz not all OS has that ‘connecting camera opens’ option

    • Andy
    • May 10th, 2010

    OMG thank you so much. This has been the most retarded thing ever.

    • Jeff Cameron
    • May 23rd, 2010


    Thank you for this information. I knew there had to be a simple solution to turn off the capture option.

  43. – and the Image Capture app no longer has any prefs, but instead you have device-specific settings at bottom left – JUST what we needed!

    • Michael
    • June 14th, 2010

    I love you.

  44. Thanks man, this helped me out big time. It’s annoying enough I have to use iTunes, I don’t need iPhoto opening up too.


    • clint
    • July 28th, 2010

    Thank you so much! this has been a problem for such a long time.


    • Leo
    • August 4th, 2010

    You are a god of un-natural proportions – thankyou!

    • Tim
    • August 4th, 2010

    Oh yes!!! Thanks


    • Martin Demers
    • August 6th, 2010

    O yea, your the man! Driving me crazy..Thanks! @John

    • Ronan
    • August 12th, 2010

    Cheers dude.

    • LannieD
    • August 15th, 2010

    THANK YOU!!!

    • Margo Chui
    • August 15th, 2010


    …but does this mean when I plug in my camera to upload I have to open iPhoto/Aperture manually?

    • Margo: Yes – you simply open iPhoto/Aperture manually.

    • DRoc
    • August 16th, 2010

    Dude I love you so much right now(no homo) this has been a thorn in my ass for since I got my iphone 4… your a saint in the apple world, may the iMac gods bless you!

    • Wayne
    • August 17th, 2010

    Thank you!

    • missymorzine
    • August 25th, 2010

    Thank you so much, I have been getting so wound up with iphoto and my mac which I normally love because it is so intuitive. Not this time eh? All sorted, sigh of relief.

    • King Chaos
    • September 10th, 2010

    Wow, thnx dude! This thing was driving me CRAZY!
    Nice webdesign btw! My compliments.

  45. Oh thank you man….. Did not even realise this App existed 😉
    So, now iPhoto starts when a camera is connected but NOT when the phone is connected. Cool.

    • Dave Ghent
    • September 17th, 2010

    Thanks, saved me searching around for that.

    • Beano
    • September 24th, 2010

    Sounds amazing! but for some reason, when I open image capture, under the image capture menu there is no ‘preferences’ option! all the other options are there, ie about, services, hide, quit,… just no ‘preferences’:( what to do??!!

    • Robbert
    • September 27th, 2010


    I got crazy, this saves the day….

    • Will
    • October 5th, 2010

    You are a lifesaver. And now, in image capture you can set preferences for individual devices–so iPhoto still opens when I connect my camera, but not my iPhone!


    • TJ
    • October 6th, 2010

    THANK YOU SO MUCH. It was driving me to insanity. Really well communicated.

    • BECCA
    • October 10th, 2010


    • danielle h
    • October 10th, 2010

    this was very helpful. thank you.

    • Suri
    • October 12th, 2010

    In image capture, just change the setting for the specific device (lower left corner of main window). That way, iPhoto will open for cameras, but not for iPhone.

    • James
    • October 13th, 2010

    Huge thanks! This has been driving me nuts. Used to continually open picasa every time i connected to my mac.

    • Kezia
    • October 29th, 2010

    Thank you for this tip, it’s bliss! Are you sure apple aren’t trying to drive us to drink?

    • Ben R.
    • October 31st, 2010

    Thank you so much!!!

    • Kasper
    • November 23rd, 2010

    Thanks a bunch. Exactly what I was looking for!!! You’re da man…

    • Bob Gowans
    • November 26th, 2010

    Thanks a lot for the tip!!!It was driving me crazy with iphoto opening all the time

    • Paul
    • November 30th, 2010

    On new versions of Image Capture there is no preferences menu.

    When you open Image Capture in the bottom left corner – when your iphone is plugged in – It will say Connecting this iPhone o…. then a dropdown box. Select No Application from the drop down box.


    • Woodenearplug
    • November 30th, 2010

    Thank You, kept me off the booze, screen has changed a little but all you need is the clue then its easy.

    • Chris
    • November 30th, 2010

    You stopped the madness. Thank you.

    • Andres
    • December 9th, 2010

    Thanks… i noticed that when you open image capture and your iphone/ipod is connected it will appear in the sidebar. When you select your iphone/ipod, go to the lower left side corner… this will allow you to set “no application” just to that device… that way you dont have to choose between always open or always close.

    • MaX
    • December 14th, 2010

    Thanks! Helped a lot.

    • Maya Scott
    • December 26th, 2010

    Thank you Paul….I was going freaking crazy

    • Angela
    • January 4th, 2011

    Bless your cotton socks!

  46. thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ughh that was killing me slowly!

    • Ed
    • January 17th, 2011

    Brilliant – I love you

    • Robbie
    • January 19th, 2011


  47. Hey mate, you are a star! Great one! Cheers!

    • Todd
    • January 25th, 2011

    Thanks. That was driving me crazy! Perfect!!!

    • Krave
    • January 28th, 2011

    Gangster! Thanks for that fix! Me and my household will appreciate it.

    • Casti
    • February 6th, 2011

    Thank you Man, you saved me alot of time, that was killing me!!!!

  48. Thanks.

    This been a problem for years.


    • ladygeekgeek
    • February 17th, 2011

    muchas iphoniass x

    • manolo
    • March 2nd, 2011

    Hi! Thanks, I’ve had the very same problem for a while.
    Although I can’t really find the preferences menu.

    • TPS
    • March 15th, 2011

    Paul :
    On new versions of Image Capture there is no preferences menu.
    When you open Image Capture in the bottom left corner – when your iphone is plugged in – It will say Connecting this iPhone o…. then a dropdown box. Select No Application from the drop down box.

    Thank you so much for the direction.

    • DAI
    • March 27th, 2011

    F yeaaaaahhhhh…

    • Ethan
    • May 3rd, 2011

    thank you so much. PHEW!!!

    • Ivan Reyes
    • May 7th, 2011

    Thank you so much. I was about to kick my own ass for not being able to figure this out. Thank god for you guys.

    • Jason
    • May 28th, 2011

    Thanks! You rock!!

    • Robert
    • May 31st, 2011

    Thanks for taking the time to share this little gem. That has driven me nutz many times!

    • Kyle
    • June 7th, 2011

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!! This has annoyed the crap out of me for almost a year now.

    Super helpful tip!

    • bart
    • July 5th, 2011

    You can do it through the iphoto preferences too, you just open iphoto, go to preferences under the iphoto menu, and the last item in the general tab gives you the option to not open iphoto when you connect your camera (iphone)

    • Mark
    • July 7th, 2011


    • Melissa
    • August 2nd, 2011

    Thank you so much!! I was about to go crazy.

  49. Thanks a bunch for the tip… Autostarting applications without making it easy to stop the behavior is maddening. Apple loses just a liiiitle bit of credibility every time it pulls one of these shenanigans!


    Christian Hunter
    Austin, Texas

  50. Thank you!

    I have “risky” photos on my iPhone, and every time I plugged it in I had to hide my screen if there were people nearby.


    • Nicky
    • September 1st, 2011

    Thank you, it has been driving me nuts having iphoto open everytime I connect my iphone!

    • jacqueline Kennett
    • September 3rd, 2011

    Thanks so much!!

    Jacqueline from Wales

    • Nicole
    • September 5th, 2011

    Thank you so much for this!

    • Russ Tyler
    • September 8th, 2011


    Quite a few sites offering help on this topic forget to mention that the device should be plugged in to allow a preference to be selected. Good to see help exists out there though! : )

    • Grainne
    • September 18th, 2011

    In fact, you CAN stop iPhoto opening with your (un)desired device but still set it to open with your camera.

    With the iPhone/iPod Touch or whatever plugged in, open Image Capture. Under the heading Devices, you should see your iPod, below this select the dropdown headed Connecting this iPod opens: and select No Application.

    Now, you won’t have iPhoto opening whenever you connect your iPhone, but it WILL open with a digital camera.

    Sorted 🙂

    • Jon
    • September 22nd, 2011

    Finally! Thank you for sharing

  51. how annoying. thanks dude.

    • markapolooza
    • September 28th, 2011

    With iPhone plugged in, just select no application. But wow! Thank you. That was really annoying : )

    • John
    • October 19th, 2011

    Thank you, but too late! I’ve already gone insane

    • Bob Bagel
    • October 21st, 2011

    SO AMAZING! Thank you, I hated waiting for that… almost made me not want to plug my iphone in everytime.

    • LDA
    • November 7th, 2011

    Ok…this was really helpful. BUT, now when I manually launch iPhoto my iPhone isn’t there. How do I get it back?

    • Angela
    • December 9th, 2011

    thank you!

    • Edd
    • December 22nd, 2011

    Wow, a four year-old post that’s still relevant. Thanks! This “feature” was driving me nuts.

    • Neil
    • January 23rd, 2012

    Huge thanks for that. Was wrecking my head!

    • Kirsty
    • February 6th, 2012

    THANK YOU! finally.

    • Fem
    • February 20th, 2012

    Kicking myself for not looking this up before! Thanks so much. I have been all over the iPhone and iPhoto trying to make it stop.

    • Al
    • February 27th, 2012

    Thanks so much! I am so glad I can google anything I need an answer to and some has posted the solution 🙂

    • Gina
    • March 5th, 2012

    I could not find this under Image Capture preferences (Jan 2012), but I did find it under Iphoto preferences.. once I understood that Iphoto was thinking my phone was a camera! This has serioysly driven me nuts to thanks!!

    • Jessip
    • March 11th, 2012

    Hey thanks for this, it was driving me barmy! Yes, I did this in Mar2012, you need to open iPhoto Preferences and select no application in there.

    Thanks again

    • Alex
    • March 14th, 2012

    Thanks. seriously, thank you.

    • daxxit
    • March 21st, 2012


    Hi Gina
    This has seriously re-introduced calm into my life. Many Thanks.

    • bob
    • April 25th, 2012

    At least this one – of the many – annoying Apple-decided settings can be controlled… and this one was seriously annoying!!

    • monica
    • April 27th, 2012

    thank you! for regular ipods all you have to do is open iphoto, go to preferences, where it says connecting camera opens: select no application.

    • mayhap5150
    • June 15th, 2012

    You rock!!!!! That’s the tidbit I’ve found in a long time! That thing was sooooo annoying.

    • Bharani dharan
    • July 9th, 2012

    Thank you very much….

    • Heidi Fuller
    • August 20th, 2012

    Oh thank GOD! Thank you thank you thank you!!!!

    • jiveK
    • September 14th, 2012

    thank you sooooooo much. my iphone was triggering iphoto over and over and over again in a kind of manic way. but no more. sweet peace.

    • jason
    • December 5th, 2012

    thankyou for that

    • Gezy
    • February 6th, 2013

    Thank You so much Peace at last!

    • Heather
    • July 12th, 2013

    Thank you for helping me stop screaming swears at my computer every time I plugged in my phone

    • Marie
    • September 14th, 2013

    Echo all the comments. Thank you. Peace, calm and order restored.

  52. This preference is no longer in Image Capture application. It has been moved to iPhoto preferences with OS X 10.9 Mavericks