iOS: Disabling digital camera notification in Mac OS X


When an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch is connected to Mac OS X, a dialog presents choices for importing the digital pictures stored on the device.

This is the default behavior under Mac OS X for digital imaging devices. Mac OS X provides a way to disable this notification.


This document is for OS X. For Windows instructions, please see this article.

Mac OS X 10.6 and later

To disable this notification:

  1. Connect the iOS device.
  2. Open Image Capture (located in Applications).
  3. Select your device from the Devices list.
  4. Click the Show Device Settings button (Show Device Settings button) in the lower left corner if Device Settings are not visible.
  5. Select "No Application" in the pop-up menu in the Device Settings.

No Application

Mac OS X 10.5

To disable this notification:

  1. Open Image Capture (located in Applications).
  2. Choose Image Capture > Preferences.
  3. Choose No application from the "When a camera is connected, open" menu.
    Image Capture preferences
  4. Quit Image Capture.
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
  • Last Modified: Aug 28, 2014
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