How to Turn Off Auto Update in iTunes


iTunes searches for new software updates for your device whenever you connect your iPod, iPad or iPhone to your computer. If it finds a new update, it displays a prompt that tells you which software update version is available and asks if you want to download, install or ignore the update. If you prefer to check for software updates manually, you can disable the auto update feature in the iTunes preferences.

  • Launch iTunes and click "Edit" followed by "Preferences". If you use a Mac, click the "iTunes" menu and select "Preferences".

  • Click the "General" tab and clear the box beside "Check for New Software Updates Automatically" near the bottom of the window. iTunes then stops checking for and prompting you to download new updates.

  • Click "OK" to save your settings and to exit the window.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can also prevent iTunes from automatically updating your iPod or iPhone's content. Click the "Devices" tab on the "Preferences" window and click the box beside "Prevent iPods, iPhones and iPads From Syncing Automatically".


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