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Turn off camera notifications--David's iPhone tip of the week

This handy tip will show you how to turn off those annoying camera notifications that launch helper applications for photo importing on Windows and Mac OS X.

It doesn't matter if you are a Mac or PC user; the iPhone and iPod Touch behave similarly when plugged into a computer using the USB sync cable that Apple provides. They both cause iTunes to launch for syncing media and they initiate photo and video syncing by recognizing both devices as a digital camera. This week's tip is is about disabling the digital camera notification in Windows and Mac OS X.

Windows 7 camera notification Screenshot: David Martin/CNET

Steps for Windows Vista and Windows 7

1. Connect your iPhone or iPod touch to your computer.
2. Open the Windows Control Panel.
3. Choose Hardware and Sound.
4. Choose AutoPlay in Hardware and Sound.
5. Find the Devices section and look in that list for your iPhone or iPod Touch.
6. Locate and choose "Take no action" from the devices pop-up menu.
7. Save the new settings by clicking the Save button.

Windows 7 Devices and iPhone settings Screenshot: David Martin/CNET

Steps for Windows XP

1. Connect your iPhone or iPod touch to your computer.
2. Open the Windows Control Panel. If it is in Classic View, go to Step 4.
3. Open Printers and Other Hardware.
4. Open Scanners and Cameras.
5. Inside of the Scanners and Cameras window locate your iPhone or iPod Touch right click it and select Properties.
6. Select the Events tab.
7. Locate the Select an event pop-up menu, select Camera Connected and set its action to "Take no action. "
8. Click the OK button to save the new settings.

Steps for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard

1. Connect your iPhone or iPod touch to your computer.
2. Launch Image Capture which is located in the Applications folder on your startup disk.
3. Locate and select the iPhone or iPod Touch in the Devices list on the left.
4. Click the "Show Device Settings" button and select "No Application" in the pop-up menu.

Mac OS X 10.6 Image Capture Screenshot: David Martin/CNET

Image Capture iPhone device options Screenshot: David Martin/CNET

Steps for Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard

1. Connect your iPhone or iPod touch to your computer.
2. Launch Image Capture which is located in the Applications folder on your startup disk.
3. Open Image Capture Preferences.
4. Select No application from the "When a camera is connected, open" menu.
5. Close Image Capture.