The official iOS device management software iTunes is a good way to move data between iPhone and computer. But with its continued usage, you might discover that iTunes falls short of a few basic and important features. Moreover, it can be tough to understand iTunes for the users who are not that tech-savvy. For that purpose, quite a few companies have developed third-party iPhone management tools to help you managing iPhone data. Lately, I started using one such iTunes alternative AnyTrans. In this review article, I will let you know everything about this ultimate phone management software for iOS.
Transfer Files Between iPhone and Computer Without iTunes
If you are looking to transfer music, photos, albums, messages, contacts or more from iPhone to computer or vice versa then AnyTrans from iMobie is there to help. It has advanced features compared to iTunes and allows transfer of data in lesser clicks. Hence, the process will be a lot quicker and easier.
So, let us dive into it.
To get started, you will have to download AnyTrans from the iMobie official website. It is available for both Mac and Windows.
They do offer a FREE trial version for 7 days but the operations or transfers so to speak are limited in the free version.
Coming to the installation, there is nothing different or difficult about it. The process remains the same as any other software.
After the completion of installation, launch the software. You will see a Welcome screen. If you have purchased the premium version then you can activate it using the last tab on the software screen.
Transfer Music, Photos, Contacts, Messages From/To iPhone Using AnyTrans
Use the following simple steps to transfer files on iPhone with AnyTrans.
1. Connect your iOS device via USB to your PC or Mac.
2. If your iPhone or iPad is connected successfully then you should see the following options.
3. To transfer files from iPhone to computer click on Content to PC. If you wish to do the opposite skip to the 4th step.
- The next screen will prompt you to select categories of data including Music, Playlists, Photos, Albums, Safari History and Messages you wish to transfer.
- If you don’t see Contacts among the different categories that are listed then go to your iOS device settings and select your name at the top and select iCloud(for iOS 10.3 or later). Users on the previous iOS versions need to select iCloud under Settings. Finally, toggle Contacts to Off and reconnect your iOS device for the changes to reflect in the AnyTrans software. Now, you should be able to see Contacts as well.
- After selecting the desired categories, select the location you would like to export the data. The default location will be Documents folder.
- Finally, click on right arrow icon.
Transferring will start and in a matter of few seconds, your data will be saved to the location you selected.
Click on view files on the successful transfer message screen to quickly navigate to the location of saved files on PC.
4. To move data from PC to iPhone, click on Add Content on the home screen.
- A window will pop up where you can navigate to the folder containing the data you want to transfer to the iOS device.
- Select the desired data and click open. The data will be categorized automatically based on photo, music and shown on the next screen.
- Click on the right arrow to proceed.
With this, the data will start transferring to your iPhone. The time taken to transfer will depend on the size of data.
If it was photos you transferred then you can find photos transferred in a new Album by the name of From AnyTrans in the Photos app.
Apart from moving data between the devices, AnyTrans is capable of much more amazing stuff.
- Clone Device: Using this feature it is possible to quickly transfer all the data from one iOS device to another. If you depend on iTunes then you will have to take the backup from one iPhone and then restore the backup on another device. AnyTrans takes care of this in one click <3
- Merge Device: This option will only transfer data which is missing on the second device and skip the files that are already present.
- Content to Device: Copy only specific files from one iPhone to another.
You can have a look at the detailed guide on the iMobie official website to get a clear understanding of the above features.
- Manage Content: Scroll down or click on the 6 small squares icon to get to the manage content screen. Here you can select the desired category of data and view it. You’ll also get options to export data to PC or move to another device if desired.
And much more like managing iCloud content, iTunes library, and downloading videos.
Now it is time to get to the Pros and Cons.
1. The GUI and user-friendliness of AnyTrans are kickass. It doesn’t get any better than this. Personally, the best I have used till now for an iPhone data management software.
2. It is highly stable and smooth. The transfer speed is real quick.
3. It also allows you to select specific music files or photos while transferring from iPhone to PC using the manage content option.
Trial version doesn’t offer much. They need to increase the number of data transfers in the free version.
AnyTrans is one of the best iTunes alternatives hands down. If you are looking for iPhone management software for your computer then AnyTrans should be your first choice.
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