How do I stop my iPhone from syncing when backing up?

Get here How do I stop iTunes from automatically backing up my iPhone? Learn how to skip backup when syncing iphone.

Auto Backup iOS device data to the system, sometimes it is the time-killing process that we can bypass or set to disable manually on Mac (macOS) or PC (Windows). People who don’t want to keep continues with this Apple’s process, connect iPhone/ iPad/ iPod Touch to iTunes can follow these steps. Apple’s latest trends on large storage up to 256 GB obviously take more time to save the complete backup when we connect it to iTunes via lightning cable on Mac/ PC. Let’s stop iTunes backup automatically for iPhone and useful to copy mp3 to iPhone without sync.

You have two options for the stop or Disable Auto iTunes backup permanently or Temporary.

Steps for Stop iTunes backup during sync iPhone/ iPad/ iPod: Alternate Ways

1 Stop iTunes backup on iPhone iPad

Temporary kill/ Stop backup process runtime in iTunes

Let’s start to Disable the Backup Process in iTunes. Most people are trying to stop the runtime backup process after connecting the Device to iTunes Mac/ PC.

2 Backup to iTunes before restore iPhone iPad and iPod Touch

Yes, that’s possible. Carefully see the Process bar near to above you will find the stop sync process icon and then a Cross mark to completely stop or close it.2 Temporary Stop auto backup in iTunes

See my desktop iTunes screen.

3 Auto Backup close on iPhone

Permanently Disable/ Stop iTunes backup during sync for iPhone/ iPad

On Mac

Close iTunes at first,

1: Go to the Apple menu from the top right corner.

2: Click on System Preference; Find “Terminal” or Type Terminal in Spotlight search.

3: Type the command below,

defaults write DeviceBackupsDisabled -bool true

Tap enter to run the command, Now Auto backup stops automatically on Sync with iTunes.

Turn on Auto-backup again, and then go with the below command,

defaults write DeviceBackupsDisabled -bool false

On Windows

Open command prompt, Depends on 32 or 64 Bit system run below command,

For 32 bit:

“C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunes.exe” /setPrefInt AutomaticDeviceBackupsDisabled 1

For 64 bit:

“C:\Program Files (x86)\iTunes\iTunes.exe” /setPrefInt AutomaticDeviceBackupsDisabled 1

The above steps really helpful on change settings for Disable/ Stop iTunes backup during Sync iPhone/ iPad/ iPod Touch or iTunes automatic backup iPhone.

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