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iOS: Disabling digital camera notification in Windows

Symptoms

When you connect an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to a computer with Microsoft Windows, a dialog appears for working with the pictures stored on your device.

Windows provides a way to disable this notification on a per-device basis.

Resolution

Note: This document is for Windows computers. If you use Mac OS X, see this article.

To disable this notification:

On Windows XP

  1. Connect your device to the computer.
  2. From the Start menu, choose Control Panel.
  3. In Control Panel, open Printers and Other Hardware (if the Control Panel is in Classic View, skip to the next step).
  4. Open Scanners and Cameras.
  5. In the Scanners and Cameras window, right-click on the Apple iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and choose Properties.
  6. Click the Events tab.
  7. On the Select an event pop-up menu, choose Camera Connected and then select "Take no action" in the Actions area.
    Apple iPhone Properties
  8. Click OK.

On Windows Vista or Windows 7

  1. Connect your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to the computer.
  2. From the Start menu, choose Control Panel.
  3. Choose Hardware and Sound.
  4. Choose AutoPlay.
  5. Scroll down to the section labeled Devices. You should see your device listed here (iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch).
  6. Choose Take no action from the device pop-up menu.
    AutoPlay Control Panel
  7. Click Save.

On Windows 8

  1. Connect your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to the computer.
  2. Move the cursor to the upper-right corner.
  3. Click the magnifying glass.
  4. Type Control Panel and press Return.
  5. Choose Hardware and Sound.
  6. Choose AutoPlay.
  7. Scroll down to the section labeled Devices. You should see your device listed here (iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch).
  8. Choose Take no action from the device pop-up menu.
  9. Click Save.

Learn more

This will disable the automatic notification that a digital imaging device has been connected each time the device is connected to the computer. You can re-enable the Scanner and Camera Wizard at any time by returning to this Control Panel and choosing the desired action for the "Start this program" option.

Learn how to manually import photos to your computer.

Important: Information about products not manufactured by Apple is provided for information purposes only and does not constitute Apple’s recommendation or endorsement. Please contact the vendor for additional information.
Last Modified: Aug 28, 2014
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