Overkill for Mac

Stop iTunes from opening when you connect your phone

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Overkill is a simple, elegant Mac app, that runs in the background and makes sure iTunes never interrupts your work.


  • Sebastian Orozco19 // VC @ ACE Venture Capital

    This is what I've been searching for! An application that prevents iTunes popping up automatically.



    The people who made this are heroes.

    Sebastian Orozco has used this product for one day.
  • Sambhav KarnawatFounder, Jewelove

    Helps prevent iTunes popping up automatically


    You need to open iTunes manually once in a while to backup the phone. Totally worth it!

    This was so much needed! Exactly what I have been looking for more than 6 months!

    Sambhav Karnawat has used this product for one day.


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Niklaus Gerber@niklausgerber · Crafting outstanding digital services
Why not just: From the iTunes menu at the top go to iTunes>Preferences>Devices>Prevent iPods, iPhones and iPads from syncing automatically. Check the box at the bottom of that window. or Terminal: defaults write com.apple.iTunes StoreActivationMode -integer 1
jeremy carson@thejeremycarson · Data-Driven Creative
@niklausgerber doesn’t itunes still launch when you plug in?
Niklaus Gerber@niklausgerber · Crafting outstanding digital services
@thejeremycarson Not with the terminal command.
Felix KrauseMaker@krausefx · iOS/Ruby Dev working on fastlane
@niklausgerber Hey Niklaus, regarding the setting you mention, this is the first thing mentioned in the announcement post linked - there can be many reasons on why iTunes would launch itself, here are some examples: - You click the play/pause key while listening to a web-based music player (e.g. SoundCloud, YouTube) - Someone sent you a link to an iOS app - You click on a link on the web, and didn’t expect it to be a Music link - You updated iTunes - You launch iTunes by clicking on the icon by mistake - You open a video/music file in Finder, and forgot to change the default app to VLC - You connect Bluetooth headphones
Noam “N.G.” Gordon@noam_ng_gordon · Building NearMe.pet with my dog.
Niklaus Gerber@niklausgerber · Crafting outstanding digital services
@krausefx Okay this I missed. Then it makes also a lot more sense. Keep it up.
Jack DweckHunter@jackdweck · Product Manager at Unroll.Me
Exactly one year after launching Overkill as a shell script, @krausefx and @danielsinger are re-launching it as a native Mac app. 🙌
Daniel SingerMaker@danielsinger · X6 Fleet Manager at @pandastartup 🐼
@krausefx @jackdweck thanks for hunting it Jack! Was fun to work on this and iTunes is a thing of the past now!
carlos garcia@androidlove · Co-Founder, Internet Missionaries
iTunes preferences works. Now something that removes Photos from opening with any device at all with using terminal.
Daniel SingerMaker@danielsinger · X6 Fleet Manager at @pandastartup 🐼
@androidlove overkill can kill any app, all the time :)
Christoph Schepan@venturechris · Early Stage Investor, Startup Zealot
Great stuff. Installed it right away! :)
Ayush Chandra@ayush_chandra · Research Intern & Tech Evangelist
Great job !! Is there any app /tool which is available for Windows 10?