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Backup Disabler... The balance between backing up that your latest saved game or text messages and waiting an hour for your phone to sync is a delicate one. Now, you can easily sync without waiting for the backups, and just as easily re-enable them whenever you like.

Backup Disabler has not been tested with iTunes 8 or iPhone software 2.1. I highly recommend clearing out old backups through the iTunes preferences, and enabling backups before updating. If you encounter any unusual behavior with Backup Disabler and iTunes 8 and/or iPhone 2.1, please let me know.

Backup Disabler works by setting a hidden iTunes more...

What's New

Version 1.3: Major re-write, backup locking, welcome screen.

Requirements

Tested on 10.5.4 with iTunes 7.7.1

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Reza666 Member IconReview+5
Reza666
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or.....
1. Quit iTunes
2. Fire up the Terminal
3. Type:
defaults write com.apple.iTunes DeviceBackupsDisabled -bool true

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Version 1.3
kidcrawford Member IconReview+1
kidcrawford
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easy to use program. just does what it says on the tin!

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Version 1.3
abavetta Member IconComment+0
abavetta
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Simple, works, bomb proof (temporary, I hope) work around solution to long backups. Here is what I do.
Because it is safer to have iTunes closed when changing it's preferences I use the following procedure.

1) Close iTunes
2) Open Backup Disabler (if not already open).
3) Toggle Backup Disabler to the desired state.
4) Open iTunes
5) Close Backup Disabler (optional)

Whenever I feel it would be prudent to back up my iPhone I enable back up and let the process run overnight. Who knows how long it takes but it's always done by morning, Otherwise I have backup disabled when I synch my iPhone.

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Version 1.3
christophermscott Member IconComment+1
christophermscott
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You guys do know that all you need to do is click the 'x' when iphone starts doing a backup and it moves on to updating your iphone. I don't see the point in this app

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Version 1.1
marook
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Except that clicking that X corrupts your backup, leaving your without one..! At least in iTunes 7.7.0..

christophermscott
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it hasn't corrupted any of my iphone backups and it's a nice option to have when I am in a hurry and know that I can backup my iphone data at a later time. I would rather disable the backup vis the native application than I would using a 3rd party solution.

appleHQ
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trust us, it DOES corrupt your backup in the long run. Apple decided to pack different parts of your files in differnt little backup packages. If you are unlucky you end up with a few packages from a cancelled backup and a few from old backups that are not compatible. I could NOT restore from 3 backups already!

My suggestion: Go to "~/Library/Application Support/MobilySync/Backup/" and delete the folders there (these are your Backups). Disable your phone (Airplane mode). Then do a full backup without interruption.

Apple*

christophermscott
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I believe that I may have to retract my original comment and eat 'crow' on this one. Ever since I 'stopped' my backup, my iphone has not been syncing properly. Furthermore, all of my sync are taking forever. Therefore, I now have to go through the trouble of restoring the iphone. Apple really needs to get these issues fixed. It should not take over an hour to backup the iphone.

macnerd1984
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At least you had the sense to retract it. This app serves a purpose and prevents the iPhone from actually doing the backup in the first place, rather than having to cancel it half way through - That is the entire point of it.

Dzitao
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Another thing to note is that this application just changes a key in the configuration file. This is a key that Apple provided and so they must have known there would be a use for it.

This program is great and very useful. It does not do any "hacking" into iTunes or your iPhone, it is just an elegant, user-friendly way to manipulate something that Apple set up but never provided an interface to.

Big thanks to the author for writing this!

stosh1985 Member IconComment+6
stosh1985
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Awesome! Thank goodness someone did this, what a needed tool!

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Version 1.1
Dzitao Member IconReview+12
Dzitao
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Excellent application with lightning fast responses from the developer. I've been looking for an answer to the excessively long backup times on my iPhone and this program provides a solution. Thanks for the excellent program!

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Version 1.1
jjmarcus
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@CHRISTOPHERMSCOTT This app (or its command-line equivalent) is important because clicking that "X" corrupts your backup data set. Backups appear to be corrupted whenever the process is interrupted, by a phone call, for example. And I'd venture that most iPhone need at least one complete backup in case they need to perform a restore.

Dzitao Member IconComment+12
Dzitao
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I received an AppleScript error saying that the domain/default pair of (com.apple.iTunes, DeviceBackupsDisabled) does not exist (1).

This key did not exist in my iTunes plist file so I added it as a boolean and now your program works. You might want to add a check for the existence of this key and create it if it doesn't exist.

Great program, great idea! I'm very grateful as my iPhone backups have been taking close to an hour when syncing. Now the sync is very fast with the backups disabled. Add that one little tweak and you've got a winner!

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Version 1.0
frijole (Developer)
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Sorry about that, I overlooked the way it was handling the response from trying to read the preference. I've gotten it fixed already and will upload 1.1 in just a minute.

Dzitao
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Thanks for the quick response and excellent program!! Really fixes a big problem! Thanks!

sjk Member IconComment+996
sjk
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I'd appreciate if the developer provided some technical details about what this does. Thanks.

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Version 1.0
shockerspaz Member IconComment+18
shockerspaz
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Thank you! doesn't it suck to have to disable features because they're implemented wrong! Wake up Apple! smell the backups!

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Version 1.0
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Downloads 22,542
Version Downloads 18,383
Type Utilities / Backup
License Free
Date 15 Aug 2008
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price Free
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