Disabling iPhone Photo Import under Windows Vista

In hindsight this seems obvious, but several Google searches did not reveal the answer so I am documenting it now in the hopes that others who are stymied by this can do something about it, too. As always if there’s a better way to do this leave me a comment. Thanks!

I was being annoyed by Windows importing and tagging the photos on my iPhone, often several times per sync. I want to be able to plug my iPhone in, have it sync, and then leave. Instead I’d get “No new pictures or videos were found on this device” dialogs, requiring that I click OK. If I didn’t click OK fast enough I’d get “This device is already being used by ‘Windows'” as it tried syncing a second time:

Turns out the fix is easy. With your phone connected to the PC go into Control Panel, then into AutoPlay. Scroll down to the bottom, under Devices, and change the action from “Import pictures using Windows” to “Take no action” (or whatever you want it to do). Then click Save:

That’s it. Like I said, easy to do once you know where to look.

9 thoughts on “Disabling iPhone Photo Import under Windows Vista”

  1. Some interesting options there — “Microsoft Office Word using Microsoft Office Word.” Even notwithstanding the repetition, who wants to open Word when they plug in a mobile device?

  2. My thumb drive doesn’t show up as a device here; it’s governed by the “Pictures” preference. (It has Portable Thunderbird, ZAngband, and a bunch of OpenOffice files, but Vista pretty reliably calls it “pictures” as far as AutoPlay is concerned. I think it’s because ZAngband uses .raw as one of its file extensions.)

  3. And I forgot to mention what makes that interesting, which is that Word isn’t an option for “Pictures” or even “Mixed Content,” even though it is for the phone. In fact, the phone is the only item in this panel where Word’s an option.

  4. I have almost the opposite problem.
    For a while my computer (running Windows Vista) was happily downloading photos off my iPhone on do my computer’s hard drive.

    But for some reason now it doesn’t respond at all when I connect the iPhone now. iTunes still works fine and syncs well, but Windows doesn’t even see it as a connected device.

    Does anyone have any ideas as to how I can get it working again?

  5. David…To defeat in XP:
    – connect your IPhone
    – In Windows Explorer, ‘explore’ to My ComputerApple IPhone
    – Right click Properties
    – Go to Events tab, and check “No Action”

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