This is a stupid thing to set on default. Why should my Apple devices automatically do this without me asking them to? It’s a bit like someone who you have invited to your house randomly going through your stuff without asking and then chucking some of it out of the window.
Yes, it’s true, all sorts of things can get deleted or overwritten through an automatic sync.
So stupid… GRRR…
Anyway how to prevent this happening is a useful thing to know so I thought I’d write a quick post about it.
So, to ensure that iTunes does NOT sync devices automatically…
1.) Go to the iTunes Preferences
2.) Under the Devices tab tick the box that says:
Prevent iPods, iPhones and iPads syncing automatically
3.) Click OK.
Yes, it really is that simple. Of course, if you find later you want your iDevice to do this just untick the box.
NOTE: if you want to use software that is not iTunes to access your iDevice it is better to tick this box just in case.