Turn off Auto Sync iPhone With Finder/iTunes Over WiFi on Mac/ PC: Stop iPhone Showing on Finder Sidebar

Last Updated on Feb 5, 2020

Transfer Data between iPhone/iPad and Mac required connection. That might be wired or wireless, Here’s the tutorial on how to stop the wireless connection and syncing between iPhone/iPad and Mac’s Finder or iTunes. So you can sync iPhone with iTunes/Finder over Wi-Fi without Cable or Turn off Auto-sync iPhone with iTunes/Finder from Mac. By default this option not enabled, you have to save that. This is good option for some critical situations when you don’t have USB lighting cable or want sync with iTunes. Might be folks affecting problems like poor wifi connectivity, Takes more times to compare to Cable, overcame Battery Drain problem or on low battery, not sync songs and other media files completely.

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Important Note: macOS Catalina or later mac users can use finder because of no iTunes on the latest macOS. Also, macOS Mojave and Earlier macOS users can use iTunes and Windows users as well.

Prerequisite: in both cases for Enable or Disable auto-sync with iTunes over WiFi you need USB lighting cable.

Steps for Turn off Auto-sync iPhone with iTunes/Finder running on Mac/ PC

Change the option for Auto-Sync iPhone/iPad with WiFi required physical connection between your Device and Mac/PC. Let’s do it with the below steps.

  • Step 1: Launch iTunes on your Mac or PC/ Laptop. Only For that disable auto-sync iOS device.
  • Step 2: Connect your device with USB lighting cable to your Mac/ PC.
  • Step 3: Wait for your device will appear in iTunes from the top tab, given in the below screen.
  • Step 4: From the left pane select Summary option and click on it.Turn off Auto sync iPhone with iTunes in Mac/ PC
  • Step 5: From that, you can see multiple options related to your device, Go at the last section under Options.
    • The latest macOS users will see this option under the finder window, Connect device to Mac and Show on finder sidebar. Now, Scroll to the options “Show this iPhone when on Wi-Fi” and uncheck. Now Click on the Apply button to save changes.
      Turn on Sync Finder on iPhone over WiFi

      Turn on Sync Finder on iPhone over WiFi

      Now your iPhone will not show on the finder sidebar.

  • Step 6: Uncheck/ Remove option for “Sync with this iPhone over Wi-Fi”.Unchecked/ Disable Sync iPhone over WiFi
  • Then, Save the setting by Apply button.

Might be you can see this option without connecting a USB cable, But not properly in any cases. It’s hence that your device connection over Wi-Fi left before registration on your iOS device. So I recommended USB lighting cable connected when you turn off Auto-sync iPhone with Finder/iTunes from Mac or PC.

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