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iTunes: Turning on Activation-only Mode

In certain cases, businesses and educational institutions may want to activate their devices using iTunes, without additional content being synced or backed up. This article describes how to enable Activation-only Mode for such organizations.

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Note: Activation-only Mode is intended only for businesses and educational institutions that activate devices for customers. You can activate and set up devices using iOS 5 and later without connecting to a computer.

To turn on Activation-only Mode on Mac OS X

  1. Make sure iTunes isn’t running and then open Terminal.
  2. In Terminal, enter a command:
    • To turn activation-only mode on: defaults write com.apple.iTunes StoreActivationMode -integer 1
    • To turn activation-only mode off: defaults delete com.apple.iTunes StoreActivationMode

To turn on Activation-only Mode on Windows

  1. Make sure iTunes isn’t running, and then open a Command Prompt window.
  2. Enter a command:
    • To turn activation-only mode on: "C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunes.exe" /setPrefInt StoreActivationMode 1
    • To turn activation-only mode off: "C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunes.exe" /setPrefInt StoreActivationMode 0

 

Additional Information

If iTunes is in Activation-only Mode, connecting a device to sync will produce an alert:

"This [device] is already activated. You may disconnect this [device] now."

Disabling Activation-only Mode using the steps in the How To section will remove the alert and allow syncing and backing up, which Activation-only Mode prevents.

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