Thanks to Gizmodo for this one, here’s how you stop the backup process on your iPhone from ever happening. Chances are you only will need to back up once-in-a-while. I didn’t know I needed a backup for my phone in the first place! Here are the steps to take.
1. – Quit iTunes.
2. – Open Terminal.app
3. – Copy and paste this in, then hit return:
defaults write com.apple.iTunes DeviceBackupsDisabled -bool true
4. – Open iTunes
5. – Plug in your iPhone (2.0 or 3G) and sync.
It will take a few seconds, assuming you don’t have a ton of music or podcasts.
Changing the ‘true’ in step 3 to ‘false’ will re-enable the backup feature.
I’d probably recommend backing up once a week or each night while you sleep. With the new 2.0.1 firmware these problems are supposed to be fixed. Just switch False/True as needed and you can backup on your schedule.
It’s that easy. Now you can sync and go! No more watching the entire Dr. Horrible Sing-Along while you wait.