how can i stop iTunes from backing up my iPhone every time i want to sync my iPhone to my iMac?

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  1. Benz63amg, Apr 14, 2019
    Last edited: Apr 14, 2019

    Benz63amg macrumors 68030

    Benz63amg

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    it literally performs a backup every time i want to sync my iPhone to my iMac, how do i stop it from backing up every time i sync?
     
  2. Howard Ellacott macrumors member

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    Tell it to automatically backup to iCloud, then it won't backup every sync. You can manually backup to iTunes whenever you want, with iCloud Backup enabled as well.
     
  3. Benz63amg, Apr 15, 2019
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2019

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    I don’t want iCloud Backup either though. I only want to backup my device manually whenever I decide its time to backup.

    The only reason I’m having this issue is because I have a new 2019 iMac,
    On my older iMac I recall running some sort of a terminal script that stopped automatic backup from happening several years ago and I never experienced the issue again once I ran that command, does that terminal command still work with the current version of iTunes or is it not safe to use with the current version of ITunes on Mojave? ( I had El Capitan on my older iMac)

    This is the terminal command:
    defaults write com.apple.iTunes DeviceBackupsDisabled -bool true
     
  4. bransoj macrumors 6502a

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    Isn’t there an option in iTunes to stop the phone syncing automatically when it’s connected? Then if you do a sync you used to be able to just skip the backup by clicking the little arrow in the status box bit where it says what it’s doing.
     
  5. CTHarrryH macrumors 68000

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    Just curious - why don't you want to back up to iTunes? Or iCloud.
     
  6. Minorite macrumors 6502

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    iTunes > Edit > Devices > uncheck 'Prevent from syncing automatically'.
     
  7. Benz63amg thread starter macrumors 68030

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    It’s not that I don’t want to backup, I don’t want to backup every single time I perform a sync as it makes the sync process much more lengthy and takes quite a bit of time to finish.
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    I already have that setting checked but that isn’t what I’m asking about.
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    So the only workaround is that I should click that arrow in the status bar during the initial stage of the sync process to skip the backup stage in order to continue with the actual sync process? I’m pretty sure I know which arrow button you’re referring to so I’ll just click that to skip the backup phase.
     
  8. bransoj macrumors 6502a

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    Sure that used to be the case but i've not used iTunes for ages now so it could have changed.
     

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