When I plug my iPhone 11 into my M1 Macbook running Ventura(MacOS v13.5), Photos v8 prompts me to unlock my iPhone, ostensibly to sync photos from the device. Can I prevent this behavior? I sync photos from my phone to the Photos library using iCloud, so I don't want or need to sync the same data twice.

I remember the being another app where you could disable the sync , but it's been years since I used that app to disable the syncing my iPhone with Photos. Google search hasn't turned up any useful results either, so I'm asking here.

  • I would assume that this request to unlock the iPhone connected to the computer is more for your privacy and safety of your content than anything else.
    – ErniePC12
    Commented Jun 9, 2023 at 14:42
  • @ErniePC12 - yes, you need to unlock the phone for any data transfer from it - it's just that Photos is set up by default to do this import automatically; which wasn't an issue in the early days before iOS was locked down so tightly. The pref to switch if off, however, is not easy to find.
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Jun 9, 2023 at 14:46

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This is most easily done from Image Capture - which you can do without even unlocking the phone - because you're setting a pref in the Mac, not in the phone.

Connect your phone, set 'Connecting this camera opens:' to No application. You can then eject or simply unplug the phone again.
This can be done for any camera device or USB stick/SD card from a camera. Each setting is remembered only for that device.

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Picture from Mojave. Ventura looks similar [but I don't have a phone I can quickly plug into it.]


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