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Stop Image Capture from opening when a new device is connected

When you connect an iPhone or iPad to your Mac the first time, it automatically opens the Image Capture app. This can be annoying on many levels. I prefer to set nothing to open when my devices are plugged in. Many others would prefer iTunes or iPhone to automatically open.

Operating Systems: Mac OS X Yosemite

If you want to prevent any app from opening on your Mac when you plug in your devices, this is what you do.

  1. Allow Image Capture to open (this is the only time).

    Image Capture

  2. Look at the small triangle, pointing upwards, on the top left of the Image Capture window. Click on it. The triangle rotates 180 degrees and you see this menu.

    Image Capture

  3. Select No application from the list.

    Image Capture

Unplug your device and try connecting anyd evice via USB to see if it opens up automatically. Let me know if it still does.

Alternatively, if you want any other application to open when you plug in your iPhone or iPad, select another application from the list in step (3).

Posted on 02 Apr 2015

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