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How can I prevent iPhoto from launching everytime I plug my iPad/iPhone?

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Do this:

  1. Plug in your iPad/iPhone
  2. Open Image Capture
  3. Select your device ("devMikePad")
  4. Press the triangle in square symbol in the lower left corner.
  5. Select "No application" in the menu.

Here is a picture showing what to look for on Snow Leopard or Yosemite.

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Interestingly this works also with Android devices (tested with Yosemite). –  Calimo Feb 16 at 13:04

Preferences > General > "Connecting Camera Opens ..."
set it to "No Application"

added: How to do this with the new Photos app
Connect the iPad/iPhone
check or uncheck "Open Photos for this device"

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On Yosemite, it was driving me nuts and the above answers helped some, but I still had to dig around a bit. Here's my own clarification:

Connect your phone and open Photos.

  1. Drop down the View menu and
  2. Select Show Sidebar (changing the option to Hide Sidebar as shown in my screenshot)
  3. Select your phone in the now visible sidebar and uncheck the box labeled "Open photos for this device"

I looked through all preferences, settings, and help menus I could find and found nothing. So thanks for the help!

Stop Mac Photos.app from opening every time you plug in your phone!

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