How to Stop iTunes from Opening Automatically in Windows 10

How to Stop iTunes from Opening Automatically in Windows 10

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Have you ever wanted to charge your iPhone or iPad using a cable connected to your Windows 10 PC, but every time you plug it in, iTunes starts? This can get annoying quickly. Here's how to fix it.

The culprit is a small Apple program running in the background called “iTunes Helper.” This program is installed when you install iTunes and detects when an Apple device is plugged into a USB port and automatically opens iTunes. To prevent this from happening, we need to disable iTunes Help. Here's how.

First, right-click the Windows 10 taskbar at the bottom of the screen, and select “Task Manager” from the menu that appears.

Right-click on the taskbar and select "Task Manager."

In Task Manager, click “More Details” at the bottom of the window.

In Task Manager, click "More details."

After the Task Manager window expands, click the “Startup” tab.

In Task Manager, click the "Startup" tab.

In the “Startup” tab, locate the entry called “iTunes Helper,” and click it once to select it. Then click the “Disable” button in the lower-right corner of the window.

(You will also see another entry in the list called “iTunes Mobile Device Helper,” but leave it alone. Disabling “iTunes Mobile Device Helper” will prevent iTunes from being able to sync with your Apple mobile devices.)

In Task Manager Startup tab, disable "iTunes Helper."

After that, close Task Manager and either sign out and sign back in or restart your PC. The next time your plug in your iPhone, iTunes will not appear.

Want to skip the restart or log out? You can also just end the iTunes Helper process. Click over to the “Processes” tab, locate “iTunesHelper” in the list, right-click it, and select “End Task.”

End iTunes Helper task in Task Manager.

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