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. :)

You will need to restart iTunes after changing these settings.

You can download a GUI for doing these actions over here.

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 (1 with 0 for Windows).

Store Activation Mode

This mode is flipped on by default for the iTunes versions that are in Apple stores and official carrier stores of iPhone 3G to activate the phone. It serves no real use on a home computer with iTunes installed, since you need to activate in-store anyway.

Mac: defaults write StoreActivationMode -bool YES
Win: "%ProgramFiles%\iTunes\iTunes.exe" /setPrefInt StoreActivationMode 1

Store Genius Mode

This is simply used at the Genius Bar in Apple Stores so that nothing gets synced to your iPhone, essentially hiding all device settings tabs except for Summary

Mac: defaults write StoreGeniusMode -bool YES
Win: "%ProgramFiles%\iTunes\iTunes.exe" /setPrefInt StoreGeniusMode 1

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. What it does is not yet known.

Mac: defaults write iTunesStoreDemoMode -bool YES
Win: "%ProgramFiles%\iTunes\iTunes.exe" /setPrefInt iTunesStoreDemoMode 1

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 iDevice. You could always disable sync, but that is just a hassle for when you want to put some new items onto your device.

Mac: defaults write DeviceBackupsDisabled -bool YES
Win: "%ProgramFiles%\iTunes\iTunes.exe" /setPrefInt DeviceBackupsDisabled 1

Alternatively, to disable only automatic backups (every time you sync after connecting the iPhone), go into the iTunes settings, select "Devices", and uncheck "Prevent iPod and iPhones from syncing automatically".

Nike Kiosk Mode

This mode has been included since iTunes 7.7.1. Syncing is not permitted under this mode. Judging by the name, it's probably meant for Nike stores (to pitch Nike+).

Mac: defaults write NikeKioskMode -bool YES
Win: "%ProgramFiles%\iTunes\iTunes.exe" /setPrefInt NikeKioskMode 1

Carrier Test Mode

In this mode, iTunes will allow you to select iTunes Carrier files when you Shift / Option click on an iPhone. This allows you to restore Carrier Settings (.ipcc files) from any carrier providing they are signed by Apple (on a non-jailbroken iPhone).

Mac: defaults write carrier-testing -bool YES
Win: "%ProgramFiles%\iTunes\iTunes.exe" /setPrefInt carrier-testing 1


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 :)