I prefer iPhoto over the new Photos app in Yosemite. It also annoys me, because every time I connect a new device to my Mac, I have to disable "Open Photos App when connected to this device" for that device. It also uses a spot from in my Launchpad.

Is there any way to disable/hide the new Photos App in Yosemite from the launchpad and disable it from starting up if any new device connects? I don't want to delete it.

  • possible duplicate of Photos back to iPhoto? Commented Jun 21, 2015 at 20:12
  • No, my question is about removing it, not about getting the photos back from the Photos App to iPhoto.
    – nelson2tm
    Commented Jun 22, 2015 at 5:06

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You can try running this command from Terminal:
defaults -currentHost write com.apple.ImageCapture disableHotPlug -bool YES

To re-enable it again, type:
defaults -currentHost write com.apple.ImageCapture disableHotPlug -bool NO

Just a warning that I don't have access to a Yosemite machine to verify this.

  • What does this exactly do?
    – nelson2tm
    Commented May 13, 2016 at 20:43
  • Disables Photos from launching when a device that captures images, like an iPhone, is connected.
    – fsb
    Commented May 13, 2016 at 21:51

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