iTunes: Disable Backups / Enable Backups

iTunes does not provide an menu option for enabling or disabling backups, but you can manually update the iTunes preference file to do the trick. There is a preference called “DeviceBackupsDisabled”. If you do decide to disable backups on a regular basis, note that MOST of your data will automatically be synced to your phone — but your Text Messages are not synced outside of the normal iTunes Backup process.

To disable backups:

  1. Quit iTunes
  2. Open Terminal.app
  3. defaults write com.apple.iTunes DeviceBackupsDisabled -bool true
  4. Open iTunes
  5. Sync

To enable backups:

  1. Quit iTunes
  2. Open Terminal.app
  3. defaults write com.apple.iTunes DeviceBackupsDisabled -bool false
  4. Open iTunes
  5. Sync

Enjoy 🙂

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