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What is AppleMobileDeviceService.exe?

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What is it?

This is the service portion of the Apple MobileDeviceHelper iTunes sync. AppleMobileDeviceHelper.exe is installed along with the latest version of Apple iTunes and is used to sync your iOS devices such as the iPhone, iPod or iPad with iTunes when you connect your device to your computer.

What if I disable AppleMobileDeviceService.exe?

If you disable this process then when you connect your iOS device to your computer iTunes will not automatically sync to your mobile device without having to open iTunes manualliy. iOS devices require Apple Mobile Device Support, which should be automatically installed with iTunes. You can disable that setting within the iTunes settings, or you can disable iTunesHelper itself.
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How does applemobiledeviceservice.exe run?

Service - AppleMobileDeviceService.exe runs as a background Windows service called 'SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Apple Mobile Device' (Apple Mobile Device). This service runs as the SYSTEM account with extensive privileges on the local computer, and acts as the computer on the network. Apple Mobile Device runs as a program that can be started by the Service Controller and that obeys the service control protocol. This type of service runs in a process by itself.


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About 0.5% of all Boost users have the applemobiledeviceservice.exe process running.Of the 0.5% of applemobiledeviceservice.exe users, 12.5% have disabled it.
How resource intensive is AppleMobileDeviceService.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
0.00115% CPU11469.8%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
          3.68 MB RAM17.1%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
 5 /min0.2%
Average I/O read and write operations for all programs is 2,253 per minute.
         4 GDI objects2.7%
Average number of GUI GDI and USER objects for all programs is 150.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Program Files\common files\apple\mobile device support\applemobiledeviceservice.exe

Are there other versions of AppleMobileDeviceService.exe?

What modules are loaded?

A module is a dynamic link library (DLL) or an executable file that is loaded into the process. Below is a list of non-system modules that are loaded by this process.

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows XP Home Edition (5.1.2600.131072)
Windows Vista Home Premium (6.0.6002.131072)
Windows Vista™ Home Premium (6.0.6002.131072)
Windows 7 Ultimate (6.1.7600.0)
Windows 7 Home Premium (6.1.7601.65536)

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File details

File name: AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
Publisher: Apple Inc. (verified)
Description: MobileDeviceService
Product version:
Size: 36.78 KB
Original file name: AppleMobileDeviceService.exe

Digital certificate

Issued to: Apple Inc.
Certificate authority: VeriSign
Effective date: 5/17/2009
Expiration date: 6/26/2011

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0127279995%
Privileged CPU: 0.0115810195%
User CPU: 0.00114698000651%
Total CPU time: 3,285 ms
Total CPU time /min: 2 ms
Privileged CPU time: 1296.69 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 7 ms
User CPU time: 2011.46 ms
User CPU time /min: 1 ms
CPU cycle count: 600,158,480
CPU cycle count /min: 36,953,728
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 68.38 MB
Peak committed memory: 72.6 MB
Paged memory: 3.68 MB
Peak paged memory: 3.71 MB
Paged system memory: 112.75 KB
Non-paged system memory: 8.99 KB
Working set memory: 4 MB
Peak working set memory: 7.55 MB
Min working set memory: 3.99 MB
Private memory: 3.68 MB
Page faults: 8,765
Page faults /min: 184
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 32
Read operations /min: 1
Total read transfer: 87.23 KB
Read transfer /min: 127 Bytes
Total write operations: 40
Write operations /min: 4
Total write transfer: 4.05 KB
Write transfer /min: 456 Bytes
Total other operations: 764
Other operations /min: 70
Total other transfer: 83.82 KB
Other Transfer /min: 426 Bytes
GUI Object Averages
GDI objects: 4
USER objects: 2
Handle count average: 155
Thread count average: 5
Thread resource averages

Process details

Runs as (owner): System
Integrety level: System
Windows platform: 64-bit
Runs as a service: Yes
Parent Processes
Process Commands
"C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe"
"C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe"

Service details

Name: Apple Mobile Device
Service type: Win32OwnProcess
Description: “Provides the interface to Apple mobile devices.”

Network connectivity

UDP: LISTENING on port 49153
TCP: localhost on port 27015

Image hashes

MD5: 018857ead9a077a56aedfc0e5ef7a24a
SHA-1: 4ab8c07a62f62ad5c7b20c8f803bbef3ea54f58f
SHA-256: fc39b4c4e210d22be40f41966578f9baa67ee9301e848e6a7adb8662be5b1cb6

PE image details

Subsystem: Windows Console
Langauge*: Microsoft Visual C++ 8.0
File entropy: 6.39575
File packed: No
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