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MajorMenace Cam Level 1 (0 points)

Hi, well as the title states:


How do i stop iPhoto from automatically opening when I connect my iPhone?


It's getting on my nerves...



iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • LarryHN Level 9 (77,020 points)

    in the iPhoto preferences set action when a camera is connected to do nothing



  • MajorMenace Cam Level 1 (0 points)

    oh lol. I read another person's same question, dicovered I had to do it through Image Capture. Maybe because my iPhoto is version 6. .. yeh i'm still on the old iLife. BUT thanks for answering anyway!



    1. Open Image Capture

    2. Navigate to Device

    3. Click on button in the bottom left hand side (the arrow in the box symbol).

    4. Choose "Open With..."

    5. Select the option.

  • missbrown Level 1 (0 points)

    Sweet!!! This helped me greatly... after searching for IMAGE CAPTURE !!!!!



  • DanLVNV Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you MajorMenace Cam this help me out a great deal I appreciate you taking the time to write this resolution to the problem many are having. 

  • Nathan Wauk1 Level 1 (10 points)

    This might also be helpful:


    I wrote an AppleScript that asks me each time I connect the iPhone/camera/etc whether or not I want to open iPhoto. Usually I just hit return and it doesn't open, but once in a while I'll click Yes to open iPhoto and import videos from my phone. I just did it because it's nice to have a little reminder so I don't go for too too long without importing, but not have it slow things down each time I plug in.


    Below is the script. Paste it into AppleScript Editor, then export it as an application. Then set Image Capture to open this app when you plug in your phone. Would love to hear if it's helpful for you or if you modify it to use other criteria to automatically import only at certain times or conditions.




    set question to display dialog "Open iPhoto to import photos?" buttons {"Yes", "No"} default button 2

    set answer to button returned of question


    if answer is equal to "Yes" then

              tell application "iPhoto" to activate

    end if

  • Kym Harding Level 1 (5 points)

    Nathan, thanks!


    Works beautifully - this was so frustrating, as I frequently connect/disconnect the phone and every time had to wait for iPhoto's connection routine.

  • vedockj Level 1 (0 points)

    I did the script and it works when it runs, but only if I open the app.  Is there something else I should do? 

  • Nathan Wauk1 Level 1 (10 points)

    I'm not sure I understand what is happening for you. You say it only runs when you open "the app". Are you referring to the app that you saved from the script?


    If so, did you set Image Capture to open the app when you plug in your phone or camera?


    I did notice that sometimes the dialog box pops up in the background if you are in fullscreen mode in another app. Maybe switch out of your full screen app and you will see the dialog box again.

  • Laiyinfromhkg Level 1 (0 points)

    This was the most helpful thing i have ever read haha. I was also having these problems this solved it perfectly.

    Nathan you've been really helpful!




  • erichfrompa Level 1 (0 points)

    Worked great! Thanks Nathan Wauk

  • sammi_d Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you! This was the most annoying part of charging my iphone through my computer! PROBLEM SOLVED!!!

  • Braikin Level 1 (0 points)

    I had the same problem and consider this "feature" as a bug.

  • Cerniuk Level 1 (10 points)

    Unfortunately this is broken.  iPhoto come up in spite of the setting in iPhoto -> Preferences -> General -> Connecting camera opens:




    And reporting bugs to Apple isn't always a productive use of time. (rarely get fixed)


    I am so annoyed by the goofy "feature" that I would prefer that nothing EVER came up for ANY camera at this point.  The "feature" has rubbed through the skin at this point.

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 (137,940 points)

    Well that's not broken here.


    What setting have you chosen in Image Capture?

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