Lightroom Classic: How can I stop Import source from seeing my device? (iPhone)

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I want to stop LR from ever seeing my iPhone. Currently I i have my iPhone attached to my computer and I plug in any other drive or card, When I go to the Import options screen I see the iPhone images as well as say my Nikon Df's SSD card. I want to stop LR from seeing the iPhone all together. 

The way I was told to do this was in the OS and then i loose auto detect for all apps and all devices. 

Is there a way to tell LR to not open the iPhone, to just ignore that one device? I never need to see the iPhone in LR. 

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Not that I am aware of Michael.  As you've discovered this is an OS-level switch and it is all or nothing. 
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Michael Albany

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Grrrr... Grumble Grumble. I was affair that was the case.  At one time it was almost invasive as it wouldn't let go and I couldn't get the the desktop to eject the phone. This actually got fixed in the latest update of LR so I thought maybe... Dang. 
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I have a similar problem in LR 5.0, the device is a network drive with a large amount of images. When I want to import images locally, it first tries to see all the files on the  network device. I have tried ejecting it, but  it wont. I am not sure how to stop it and LR is rendered extremely slow and unusable with this device attached. Hopeful for some help.
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Brent,

Try removing any folders that are mapped via lightroom to this drive. If you have images stored there that won't be possible, BUT! if the images are stored in a sub directory then you can put the images that are mapped to Lightroom in separate directory and then just unmap the directory with the non-imported imported images. I will look something like this:

Images you want Lightroom to see:
X :\Harddrive name\imported images\2018\shoot 1

Images you don't want lightroom to see:
X :\Harddrive name\All other images!

Then what you do is unmap the full drive and just map the subfolder of 2018 or Imported images.  Lightroom will then not see the unimproved images and won't try to import them.
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Thanks for the reply. It took about 7 days to upload those files and sync them to my hard drive. To change that structure would be painful and time consuming- if it altered my sync (there might be a workaround there- pause sync-change image store structure-unmap device in LR-return image store structure to original-unpause sync... provided it doesn't see the returned images as modified- it might work?). It appears then that the options are your suggestion (or it modification) and a reinstall of LR, the latter of which would be less time consuming... unless there are other options?
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If the remote drive is the cloud, yeah you're in for a whole lot of waiting. Otherwise what will happen is the images will show with a question mark. You will then be able to re-point LR to see the "new" folder location and it should auto correct the rate for all sub folders. That should only take minutes. 

Also, if your drive is not cloud based and it took 7 days, you have other issues. 
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The drive is cloud based, about 1TB in size, through an  encrypted VPN and LR has never shown a question mark or allowed me to repoint the folder location or unmounts or otherwise get rid of it. Thank you.