AMPDevicesAgent? What Is It? (Explained)

Wondering what ‘AMPDevicesAgent’ is and why it’s running on your Mac?

If you’re asking this question in your head, chances are you opened your Activity Monitor and found this program. AMPDevicesAgent consumes a large amount of your CPU. Although it’s not uncommon for computers to have background processes that require a lot of processing power. Sadly, the Mac is not exempted from this.

ampdevicesagent what is it

When there isn’t a clear explanation for its purpose, we often can’t help but wonder. Why is it there in the first place? Here at Saint, our goal is to provide our readers with the most understandable explanations as well as all the fixes you need for your problems.

In this article, we will explain to you what the AMPDevicesAgent program is, what it does, why it’s essential to have, and why it uses so much of your CPU at times.

Let’s get started!


What is AMPDevicesAgent?

As we continually rely on technology to function in today’s world, regularly syncing our information with our ‘cloud data’ has become a necessary convenience. Syncing our data and information with the cloud has collectively saved all of us a lot of time, but it can be taxing on your computer.

The AMPDevicesAgent program is responsible for syncing your devices and data to each other and to online servers. Although it does ask you for your personal credentials sometimes, don’t be alarmed as this is just protocol to permit it to access and backup your local files.

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This process used to be managed by iTunes but was separated around a year ago. AMPDevicesAgent is now an Apple Catalina product and is solely responsible for the syncing and backups entirely.

While this might seem like a simple process, it can be quite taxing on your computer. The background program primarily uses your CPU’s processing power to function effectively on your computer.


Why Does AMPDevicesAgent Need So Much Processing Power?

It can be an extreme hassle when you’re trying to work, edit a video, or do any other intensive but important task only to find that your CPU is already preoccupied with a background task you know nothing of.

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Well, whenever you see the AMPDevicesAgent ramp up in CPU processing needs, it’s most likely syncing your device with your iPhone or iOS device.

This will happen in the background of your computer, and you will not be notified by it in most cases. It’s perfectly normal for this to happen, and the CPU usage will decrease when the synchronization is completely done.

Automatic synchronization can be disabled, as well as wireless background syncing in general. This means that you will have to manually upload and back up your files, but this can save unnecessary and untimely CPU lags on your computer.


How To Disable AMPDevicesAgent?

Luckily, you can disable this automatic CPU-intensive process. There are a couple of settings you can fiddle with to avoid having the process run in your background without you knowing or to avoid having the process run altogether.

However, we at Saint would like to remind you of the importance of syncing your information as often as you can. Regularly syncing your data files and folders will give you a sense of digital security, unlike any else, especially in preserving your personal data.

So if you intend to disable this automatic process, try to set a weekly practice of manually uploading and backing up your files.

There are a couple of methods you can do to disable AMPDevicesAgent or your iPhone from automatically syncing with your Mac, such as removing the iPhone from Finder, stop Finder from automatically opening, and disabling iPhone sync in Finder. These processes are further elaborated here.

ampdevicesagent what is it

Now that you have reached the end of this article, we hope that this post helped provide a comprehensive explanation that helped you understand what ‘Antimalware Service Executable’ is and why it’s on your Mac. If you have other questions related to this article, please feel free to leave a comment below.

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  • Mako Young

    Mako is a staff writer at Saint. He's been writing about tech for more than a decade. When he isn't reading about the latest news on Apple, he's busy studying cybersecurity, cryptocurrency, cloud computing, and other IT-related sectors. His exceptional work graces technology and Apple-related blogs like How-To Geek,, Macgasm, onMac, PhotoWorkout, GameRant, and many more. He also has a Bachelors in Computer Science and has been writing since 2018, with over 400 posts published. LinkedIn X (Twitter)

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