iPhone Backup Taking Too Long – The Fix


Are your backups taking too long with your new iPhone?  There is great debate online as to why the iPhone takes so long — some claiming its due the apps, while others claiming they won the IBL (iPhone Backup Lottery) if they can sync without performing an automatic backup.


For sure this issue will be resolved by Apple in the next iTunes/iPhone updates however until then we need a solution so here it is:

MAC Users:

First exit iTunes and then open your terminal window and type in the following command:

defaults write com.apple.iTunes DeviceBackupsDisabled -bool true


Sample Terminal Window

Sample Terminal Window

This command simply accesses the MAC OS X user default system [defaults] using the [write] command to change an attribute of the [com.apple.iTunes] application setting it’s [DeviceBackupsDisabled] boolean attribute to [true].

Now, simply exit iTunes & restart iTunes.  After doing this, the Backup is no longer performed automatically nor is it an option from the iPhone’s device’s context menu.  To re-enable backups, just type the same command with false and relaunch iTunes.

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One Response to “iPhone Backup Taking Too Long – The Fix”

  1. window user Says:

    and what about windows users?

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