About iTunes for Windows background processes
iTunes for Windows installs some processes that run in the background when the software is open. Learn more about what each process does.
What it does
Backs up the data on your iPhone or iPod touch
Listens for commands to help iTunes communicate with devices
AppleMobileDeviceService.exe or AppleMobileDeviceProcess.exe
Allows iTunes to recognize iPhone and iPod touch
Synchronizes iPhone or iPod touch data with your computer
Allows iTunes to sync with iPhone and iPod touch
Allows iTunes to access devices
Listens for commands to help iTunes communicate with devices (such as iPod)
Extracts log reports from the device and submits them to Apple (if selected)
This lets iTunes discover services on the local network (music sharing, Apple TV, AirTunes). It's also known as Bonjour for Windows.
Coordinates the synchronization processes
Process that depends on Sync configuration
What it does
Syncs the device with Internet Explorer
Syncs the device with Outlook
Syncs the device with Safari
Syncs the device with Windows Address Book / Windows Contacts
Syncs with Windows Mail
Depending on your setup, some of these background processes might not appear. iTunes can start other background processes to perform various tasks like syncing and diagnostics. New functions might be added to these background processes in the future. You shouldn't disable these processes even when iTunes isn't open on the computer.
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