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When I connect one of my many iOS devices to a computer for synchronization purposes, I have iTunes running. In the iTunes left-hand area, I see an eject button to the right of the device's name. I always use "eject" after a successful sync, before unplugging the device cable. I'm presuming this is meant to be similar to Windows' "USB Device Safe Removal" feature (though iOS devices don't appear to show up there?) .. or when I choose "Eject" from the context menu of a USB-connected disk on my Mac's desktop.

Yet, sometimes I'm connecting my iOS device to a computer without having iTunes running. For instance, when using the device for USB-based "Personal Hotspot" connections, I don't need iTunes running. My questions are:

  1. Is there a need to safely indicate removal of an iOS device from a computer, prior to removing the device cable?

  2. If yes, must I fire up iTunes simply to access the "eject" button, or is there another easily accessible mechanism available?

I use both PCs and Macs so answers covering the two are appreciated. Good answers will also provide definitive supporting references. Thanks!

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I just unplug it. –  Render Jun 19 '13 at 15:29

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In the Finder in Mac OS X, press Command-shift-G to Go to folder. Type /Volumes. This will take you to the Volumes folder. If your iDevice is mounted as a drive, it will appear here. You can select it and press Command-E to eject it. If it does not appear here, it is not mounted as a drive, and you can simply unplug it. Note that it may or may not appear on your Desktop or in a Finder sidebar depending on your settings, but it should always appear in the /Volumes folder.

On Windows, in the Taskbar, there is an icon you can click to "Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media". Right-click the icon, find the name of your iDevice, and click it to eject it. If it does not appear on this list, it is not mounted as a drive and you can simply unplug it.

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Can you mount an iOS device as a drive? I know you could mount not-touch iPods, but I've never seen anything that could mount a (non-jailbroken) iOS device. –  Hawken Rives May 4 at 0:46

If you see the "idevice" as a mounted drive, +E while it is highlighted should "eject" it (or just drag to the trash). If you do not see it as a mounted drive, simply unplug it.

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Older iPods mounted their filesystem however for operation with a host computer however iOS devices do not mount with a Mass Storage Profile and do not (natively) appear as mounted filesystems. Unless it is actively communicating with iTunes or some other application you can usually just unplug without a problem.

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  1. Go to Control Panel > Hardware and Sound
  2. View Device and Printers
  3. Select iPad from Portable Devices
  4. Go to Properties
  5. Click Disable

To connect iPad next time, connect the USB and come to this window and enable the iPad under Portable Device

Trust this is the safest way

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Is there some reason to believe this is actually necessary? –  Dan J Jun 19 '13 at 17:10

go to iTunes, you will directly see your iPhone there " it sill be named according to the name you chose eq X's iPhone" just to the right of the iPhone there will be a small eject icon, press it and your ready to go.

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