Wednesday, September 3, 2008

How To Disable Automatic iPhone Backups in iTunes (Mac/PC)


My readers report long backup times which make it extremely frustrating to refresh your iPhone's information. So I have been asked to create a 'guide' on how to disable this feature. So here it goes:

For Windows users:

First, grab a copy of Notepad++ . The standard apps that come with Windows won't work well for editing the iTunesPrefs.xml file.

To apply this hack, you'll be editing the iTunesPrefs.xml, which is generally found at C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Application Data\Apple Computer\iTunes. You may need to enable hidden folders if you don't see the "Application Data" folder.

1. Quit iTunes
2. Make a backup of iTunesPrefs.xml. If you mess up, you'll wish you had a backup, so it's a good idea to make one.
3. Open iTunesPrefs.xml using Notepad++
4. Search for "User Preferences" without the quotes and you should find something like "User Preferences"
5. Right below the first that comes after "User Preferences", paste the following:

Your results should look something like this:

6. Save the file and open iTunes. If all went well, your iPhone will sync, but it won't back up. To back up manually, right click your iPhone in the source list and choose "Back Up".

For Mac Users:

1. Quit iTunes
2. Open Terminal (HD -> Applications -> Utilities)
3. Paste in the following and hit return:


4. That's it! Next time your iPhone syncs, it won't back up. To back up manually, right click your iPhone in the source list and choose "Back Up".

To re-enable automatic backups, follow the same steps only use this instead:

1 comment:

Forrest said...

cant even read what to add from the pics, should have put it in text too!