For those of you not familiar with the terminal I wrote a simple application, that lets you disable and enable backups for the iPhone/ipod touch with a single mouse click.

Download DisableBackup

Requirements: Mac OS X 10.4 or higher

 

This only works on the mac. Windows Users click here.

60 Responses to “Disable slow iTunes Backups for iPhone/ipod touch with a single mouseclick”

  1. Thank you.

  2. Thank you so much! :)

  3. Nice, thx.

  4. Thanks a bunch!

  5. Out of curiosity, would you be able to post the actual commands for the program? Thanks a lot, by the way!

  6. MANY thanks :oD

  7. The actual terminal command to disable the backups is:
    defaults write com.apple.itunes DeviceBackupsDisabled -bool YES

    You can also change the YES to NO to re-enable the backups.

  8. Just wondering if it’s still safe to disable backup with the new 2.01 firmware and 7.7.1 iTunes update?

  9. Can’t wait to try this! Thank you so much.

    I am in no way a programmer or a software expert, but it would seem to me that the backups “start from scratch” any time a change is made to an app- if one is added or taken out, etc.

    One would think they would be progressive- if that’s the word- and would only update any info that has changed, not the whole thing.

    Can anyone shed light on what’s going on?

    Thanks again for the app!

  10. I have written a small FREE Windows program called “iPhone Backup Switch”. The program will allow you to enable and disable the iPhone backup feature in iTunes. I have tested it pretty well in Windows XP and VISTA. There is a backup feature that will backup the iTunes configuration and let you restore a previous version, if something goes wrong. Comes complete with installer and uninstaller.

    Get it here:
    http://www.microseconds.com/backupswitch.html

  11. WOW! Thanks. I was trying to figure this out on my own. So simple. Works perfect.

  12. Ummmm….has anyone just tried going into iTunes preferences and turn off automatic backups under the syncing option….?!?

  13. your are a genius

  14. thank you so much! your my hero!

  15. This is great, it only does one thing, but it works.

  16. my iphone is disabled, and it says connect to itunes after doin that it says restore and update iphone, but update is taking forever anyone who can advice me on a faster way.

  17. Thanks! Works great!

  18. Thanks! Nice post.

  19. SOS! My auto was broken on ave. Should I call to repairs or police?

  20. wonderful post))

  21. what a nice story..

  22. Great tool. Before it took hours to synchronize my iPod touch, no joke. Thanks a lot!

  23. Thank you thank you

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