Feb 10

iTunes Backup greyed out

This is one of the posts that are basically for my increasing digital dementia 🙂 I’ve been wondering what i broke in my iTunes as it was no longer able to create any backups, which i need to use from time to time, jailbreaking the devices. The button in my german iTunes says “Jetzt sichern” but is greyed out. Also the rightclick menu on the device itself does not show any backup function anymore.

I started wondering if it was due to my Libary being on a different server, so the first thing was to create an entirely new library locally, with no effect.
iTunes Backup greyed out

The solution was pretty simple. I google’d around what could have disabled this function instead of continuing to search for a fix to enable it.. and here we go.. Looks like i disabled the function a few month ago. Fortunately the same link that helped me disable backup also shows how to re-enable it 🙂


ENABLE backups
defaults delete com.apple.iTunes DeviceBackupsDisabled
DISABLE backups
defaults write com.apple.iTunes DeviceBackupsDisabled -bool YES

Thanks to OSXDaily for the hint 🙂


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