ITunes Modes

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iTunes seems to have different 'modes' hidden inside of it. None of them are useful for unlocking, jailbreaking, etc. This is more of a fun article, just because we are tinkering around with something that we should not be :)

This is an initial study compiled by Chronic

Turning them off (READ)

In any of the parts of this article that show a command used to turn on an iTunes mode via terminal, then to turn them off, all you have to do is replace YES in that command with NO

Store Activation Mode

This mode is flipped on by default for the iTunes versions that are in Apple storea and official carrier stores of iPhone 3G. Because iPhone 3G does not use the traditional method of activation, the stores activate iPhone 3Gs using this method.

Turning it on

It serves no real use on a desktop computer with iTunes 7.7 installed, since you need to activate in store anyway, but just for fun, type the following into Terminal to put your iPhone in Store Activation Mode (these commands can be used on Windows too, just open Command Prompt and cd to "%CommonProgramFiles%\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin"):

defaults write StoreActivationMode -boolean YES

Then restart iTunes

Store Genius Mode

This is simply used at the Genius Bar in Apple Stores so that nothing gets synced to your iPhone, I guess...all this will do is take away every tab when you dock an iPhone except for the summary tab.

Turning it on

defaults write StoreGeniusMode -boolean YES

Then restart iTunes

Store Demo Mode

This has not yet been tested that much and was newly found in the GM version of iTunes 7.7. At first glance, it has no visible effect. It might not really do anything, who knows, but you are free to test it out :)

Turning it on

defaults write iTunesStoreDemoMode -boolean YES

Then restart iTunes

Device Backups Disabled

This is not really a 'mode', per se, but it gets really annoying, and almost unbearable when you are trying to sync a jailbroken iPhone. You could always disable sync, but that is just a hassle for when you want to put some new music/ringtones/applications/etc. onto your iPhone

Turning it on

defaults write DeviceBackupsDisabled -boolean YES

Then restart iTunes

Alternatively, to disable only automatic backups (every time you sync after connecting the iPhone):

defaults write AutomaticBackupsDisabled -boolean YES


There are really no point to these, as far as I can see but if you find something useful in any of these modes that I have looked over, you are more than welcome to add to what I have wrote, since after all, that is the point of this wiki :) Also, if you find any new modes in iTunes that I missed, or they are in a post-7.7 version, you are strongly encouraged to add them on :)