How to prevent iTunes from starting automatically

iTunes is set to open automatically when an audio file is downloaded, a link is sent from an iOS device, iTunes is updated, etc. This can be a nuisance and can certainly take up your computer’s RAM. In addition, it may be difficult to close a program initially after it starts, depending on how hard the processor is running.

Regardless of your reasoning, there are a few great ways to shut down iTunes from startup. It can be disabled in certain processes or completely. All of these options can be easily customized to suit your needs.

Prevent booting when iOS device is connected

iTunes launches when your iOS device is connected to start syncing. To stop this, auto-sync must be turned off. If you want to sync your iOS device, you’ll now need to turn it on manually.

Ironically, start by launching iTunes. Select “iTunes” from the Mac menu bar and select “Settings.”

You can also press the “Command +” button on your keyboard when iTunes is launched.

The Settings window opens. Select “Peripherals” from the menu. Now select the “Automatically sync iPods, iPhones, and iPads” checkbox. Click “OK” to confirm.


Prevent startup when opening an audio file

To change startup services, right-click on the audio file and select “Get Info.”


Change the default application specified in this menu to launch it. To do this, click the “Open with an application” arrow and select the application you want.


Then select “Change All” to change the startup behavior of all corresponding files.

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Prevent startup at login

To prevent booting at logon, start System Preferences. It can be found in the Launchpad or Dock. Select “Users and Groups.”


Select “Contacts” and then “iTunes.” The last step is to select minus (-) to remove the application from startup.


Disable startup on all processes

Application noTunes may be perfect for preventing iTunes from launching at all levels. This applies to all processes that may try to start it, including starting it yourself. Fortunately, the program is quite easy to disable after booting. If you really want to launch iTunes, you can.

You need to download a related .ZIP file which, when downloaded, will appear as a program. From there, double-click to run the program. The program itself is lightweight, only 2.4 MB, and has no intrusive interface.


To make sure the program is still running, first drag the app to the dock. Right-click and select “Settings” and then select “Open at Login”.

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You can stop using the application by removing it from the “Activity Monitor”. To do this, press “Command + Space” to open the Spotlight search. Type “Activity Monitor” and press Enter.

Now search for “noTunes” under the CPU tab. Select the application and then the exit icon in the upper left corner of the window.

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Select “Exit” again in the dialog box. iTunes can now start normally. If for some reason noTunes does not close, select “Force Quit” in the dialog box instead.


Let us know if the above methods solve your iTunes problem.

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