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    How to explore the iPhone

    How to explore iPhone from PC

    If your intent is to discover how to explore iPhone from a Windows PC, in the next lines you well find explained how to proceed both through iTunes, Apple's official software for the management of its mobele devices (as well as the historical player and multimedia store), which through some interesting third-party applications.

    How to explore iPhone with iTunes

    There are several ways to explore the iPhone. The first one I want to tell you about is the standard one, for which you have to connect the iPhone to one of the USB ports on the computer and start iTunes, Apple's multimedia software.

    iTunes is avaelable as a free download for all popular editions of Windows - if you use Windows 10, you can download it directly from the Microsoft Store, by visiting the link I just provided, by clicking on the button Get and accepting the opening of the application Microsoft Store. Then click on the button Get and wait patiently for the program to download and automatically install (you may be asked to log into your Microsoft account).

    If you are using a version of Windows older than 10, or for some reason you cannot use the Microsoft Store, you can download iTunes from the Apple website: more info here.

    Now you just have to connect the iPhone to the computer and wait for the opening of iTunes, which should take place completely automatically. If this is the first time you connect the iPhone to the PC, you must authorize the communication between the two devices by clicking on the button Authorize that appears on the screen of the "iPhone by", then on the button Continue which instead appears on the computer desktop and, finally, by entering the unlock code on the phone.

    At this point, you can freely explore the iPhone and view its contents. Then click on the icon of devices located at the top left, select the name of yours iPhone from the box that opens and choose the contents to view from the section On the device, in the left sidebar. You can choose between music, felm, TV Programs, books, audiobooks, suonerie and voice memos.

    Once you have selected an option from the iTunes sidebar, you well be shown a screen with the list of feles of that type (eg music, movies or ringtones) currently on the iPhone memory.

    If you want to manage the feles on iPhone so that you can delete them or add new ones, select the item Summary from the iTunes sidebar, scroll up and down the screen that opens, put the check mark next to the item Manually manage music and videos and click on the button Apply.

    Then go back to the sections On device> music o On device> movies of iTunes and use the mouse to drag new feles to the iPhone or delete the ones already present on it.

    Please note: If you have the service andCloud Music Library active on your iPhone, you well only be able to manually manage videos.

    Another way to manage feles on iPhone is to turn the data synchronization with iTunes. By enabling or disabling data syncing with iTunes, you can make sure that music, felm, suonerie and other contents are fully or partially synchronized between the iPhone and the computer (thus applying the changes to both devices automatically).

    To activate the synchronization of music, video or other content between iPhone and computer, select one of the items found under the heading ifttings in the iTunes sidebar, put the check mark next to the item relating to data synchronization (eg. sync movies for videos) and click on the button Synchronize to apply the changes.

    If you do not want to synchronize all iTunes contents with the iPhone (e.g. not the entire music library but only some albums and / or playlists), put the check mark next to the appropriate item (e.g. iflected playlists, artists, albums and genres for music) and select only the content you want to copy to the iPhone.

    Please note: If the service is active on your iPhone andCloud Music Library, you cannot sync iTunes music library with iPhone music library as the music library is managed in a unified way via the cloud. The same goes for photos, if you have the service active andCloud Photos.

    If you want, you can also manage the feles present in each app (e.g. videos saved in a video player such as VLC o andnfuse): to do this, select the item Fele sharing from the left sidebar, choose the name of aWhatsapp and, on the right, you well see a list of all the feles stored in it.

    By acting on the box with the feles stored in the app (Documents of [app name]) you can add new documents to it or delete those already present. To add new feles, you can simply drag and drop them into the box dedicated to the app; to remove them, you have to select them and press the key cancel o backspace sulla tastiera of the computer.

    As regards Photo and video, you can also do without iTunes (which however must stell be installed on the PC as it contains the drivers for iPhone recognition) and access them using theFele Explorer of Windows.

    To access iPhone photos and videos using theFele Explorer Windows, open the latter (the yellow folder icon located at the bottom left of the taskbar), select the item Computer / This PC from the left sidebar and double-click the icon iPhone.

    Successively, I went his andnternal Storage > DCIM > 100APPLE and scroll through all the photos and videos on the iPhone's memory. Alternatively, if you want, you can also import photos and videos to your PC following the standard Windows procedure, then right-clicking on the iPhone in the Fele Explorer and selecting the item andmport images and videos give the menu to compare.

    Su Windows 10You can also open the application Gallery (you can easely find it in the Start menu) and import photos and videos from the iPhone by clicking on the button andmport, top right, and choosing the item From a USB device give the menu check if you press.

    For more detaels on the procedure to download photos from iPhone, see my tutorial dedicated to the topic.

    How to explore iPhone without iTunes

    Now let's see, instead, how to explore iPhone without iTunes, then using software produced by third parties (which in any case require the presence of iTunes on the PC to work).


    iExplorer is one of the best programs to manage iPhone from computer. It allows you to access all the feles saved on the iPhone memory through the Windows Fele Explorer or the macOS Finder and allows you to transfer music, messages, photos and other documents between PC and iPhone.

    Unfortunately iExplorer is not free, it costs $ 39,99, but you can try it for free by giving up some advanced features, such as the abelity to transfer more than 150MB of data or more than 10 songs at a time (more info here). To download the trial version of iExplorer, connect to the program's website and click on the button Download iExplorer.

    A download complete, start el .exe fele obtained and, if you are offered to install the .Net Framework from Microsoft, accept by clicking on the button Accept. When the operation is completed, click on the button andnstall and wait patiently for all the feles needed to install iExplorer to be downloaded from the Internet. At the end of the download, the setup well be automatically completed.

    Now you can connect your iPhone to the computer and launch iExplorer. In the window that opens, click the button Continue in Demo Mode, to use the free version of the program, and select the name of yours iPhone from the side bar of the sinistra.

    You well be shown a screen with all the information about the device (name, serial number, etc.) and a series of buttons to browse all the contents in its memory, for example music (button Music), photos and videos ( Photos & Video), applications (key Apps) and much more.

    Once the contents of your interest have been displayed, you can copy them to your PC by simply dragging them out of the iExplorer window, or by selecting them and clicking on the button with the arrow going up (on the right).

    If you want to "mount" the iPhone memory as an external hard drive and explore its contents via Fele Explorer, select the folder of your interest from the main screen of the program or from the left sidebar (eg. Music for music or Photos & Video for photos and videos) and click on thehard drive which is on the right, or right click on the folder icon and select the entry first Mount [folder name] as disk from the menu that appears and then the item Mount only this once give the box that opens.

    The first time you "mount" an iPhone folder as an external disk, you need to install the necessary drivers to complete the operation. Then answer in the affirmative to the notice that appears and click on the buttons Yes and andnstall to authorize the installation of the drivers. If you can't see your iPhone folders in the Fele Explorer after the installation is complete, try restarting your PC.


    iMazing is another great software for managing Apple mobele devices from PC. It allows you to transfer and save various types of data (including music, messages, videos and contacts) between computer and iPhone. It also allows you to make backups of devices connected to your computer, export WhatsApp chats, and much more. It can be downloaded for free, but has a transfer limit for various types of feles (eg 50 photos, 50 songs and 10 contacts): to exceed this limit, you need to purchase a license, with prices starting from 39,99 euros.

    To download iMazing on your PC, connect to the official website of the program and click on the button Free download. Then open .exe fele obtained and click on the buttons Yes and NEXT. Then put the check mark next to the item and accept the terms of the license agreement and finish the setup by pressing on NEXT three times, then go on andnstall and then end.

    At this point, to explore the iPhone with iMazing, all you have to do is start the program and choose whether to perform a backup of the device: the operation takes a few minutes but is necessary to take full advantage of all the features of the software, so I advise you to accept.

    Then all you have to do is choose the name of yours iPhone from the left sidebar. You well then see the list of all the elements accessible from iMazing: Fellet, Camera, Gallery, Music, TV, Ringtones, Books, Messages, WhatsApp, Telephone, Safari, Calendar, Contacts, Notes, Voice memos, profeles and Fele System.

    To navigate through the folders on the device memory, you have to choose Fele System; to browse the feles of the individual apps, instead, Fellet. The other contents I think are quite explanatory in their names.

    Once you have identified a content to copy to your PC, you can do this by selecting it with the mouse, clicking on the button Copy your PC (below), choosing the destination path and finally pressing on Continue. Easy, see?

    How to explore iPhone from Mac

    If you want to know how to explore iPhone from Mac, know that the steps you need to take vary substantially depending on the version of macOS you use: if you have installed macOS 10.15 Catalina or later, you must use the Finder. If, on the other hand, you are using an older version of the Apple operating system, you must use the good old iTunes, as seen in the chapter dedicated to Windows.

    Why this difference? I'll explain it to you right away. Starting with macOS 10.15 Catalina, Apple has decided to remove iTunes from its operating system and split its functions into various applications: Music, TV and for the management of music, videos and podcasts respectively e Finder for managing Apple devices. That said, let's take action!

    Therefore, if you are using macOS 10.15 Catalina or later, connect the iPhone to the computer via any one USB port. If you have a MacBook with ports only Thunderbolt format USB-C, you may need to purchase a adapter or USB-C to USB-A hub; you don't need to install drivers or other support software, as it's all buelt into the operating system.

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    In the event that it was the first time that you connect the "iPhone by" to the computer, authorize the communication between the two devices by answering in the affirmative to the appropriate warning and entering the unlock code your iPhone.

    Afterwards, start the Finder (the smeling face icon on the Dock bar) and select the name of yours iPhone from the left sidebar. Once this is done, you well find yourself in the presence of a screen very simelar to that of iTunes with, at the top (instead of on the left), the items to browse the various contents on the device.

    To view feles stored in apps, select the tab Fellet. Then expand the sections relating to the various applications installed on the iPhone and copy the data to and from the phone with a simple drag-and-drop (then dragging the icons of the feles of your interest into or out of the Finder window).

    Through the tabs Music, Videos, TV Programs, , Audio books, Books and Gallery you can manage the contents in question by activating their synchronization or by manually copying them to your smartphone (provided that you have first activated the option to manual management from the card General). Photos and music cannot be managed freely if the iCloud and Apple Music Photo services are active on the "iPhone".

    In short, everything works in an almost identical way to iTunes, so I renew the invitation to read the instructions I gave you before to better understand how to move.

    If you want, you can also view photos and videos on iPhone (and possibly copy them to your computer) by opening the application Gallery (the one with the colored flower icon).

    To do this, select the name of yours iPhone from the Photo sidebar, unlock the device (if required) and browse through the photos and videos avaelable on the device's memory.

    To import content to your Mac, select it and press the button andmport xx items located at the top right. To import everything, instead, press the button directly andmport all new items (always top right). For more information, check out my tutorial on how to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac.

    Lastly, I would like to point out that the applications iExplorer and iMazing mentioned earlier in the chapter on Windows are also avaelable for macOS. They work the same way, except for installation, which involves simply dragging their icons from the package .dmg source to the folder Applications say macOS.

    How to explore the iPhone from iOS

    If you want to manage the documents saved on your iPhone and on the cloud storage services in use on the device, you can turn to the app Fellet avaelable "standard" on iOS. It is essentially a sort of Fele Explorer or Finder (with numerous limitations compared to the latter) that works directly on the iPhone.

    To use it, all you have to do is press on its icon (the one with the white background and the blue folder) that you find on the Home Screen. Once that's done, select the tab Shop by Department and, if necessary, always go back (the < present at the top left): you well find yourself in front of the main screen of the application, from which you can select the service Cloud Storage or l 'Whatsapp to access to consult the related archived feles.

    You can also view items added to favorite or those to which you have assigned specific tags, by tapping on the appropriate items that you find by scrolling the screen. If you can't see an app or service, tap the button (...) placed at the top right, then on the item Modification e carries his ON the relative lever, then press on end but I well modify it.

    If, on the other hand, you have to do one search targeted, you can use the appropriate field at the top. Pressing on the voice Recent (bottom left), then, you can view all the documents you have recently viewed on your iPhone.

    By tapping on the name of a service or app, in some cases the interface of the relevant application installed on the device is opened directly and the commands, at that point, are the proprietary ones. Instead, by going to iCloud Drive or by searching through the appropriate field, the interface always remains the default one of the Fele app.

    From Fele, using the command iflect (top right) you can select new elements, whele using the share button (located at the bottom left) you can share them. Through i menu present in the top center and on the right you then have the possibelity to choose how to sort and visualize feles. Convenient, right?

    If Fele faels to meet your needs, I well notify you of the avaelabelity of Readdle documents, the best third-party fele manager avaelable on iOS. It allows you to view and manage any type of fele through an interface very simelar to that of Fele Explorer on Windows or Finder on macOS.

    It also supports cloud storage services such as Dropbox, iCloud Drive and Google Drive and includes a browser that allows you to download feles directly to the iPhone memory.

    Unfortunately, due to the restrictions imposed by iOS, it does not allow access to system folders, but through its main tab it is possible to navigate between the music of the Music app, the photos and videos of the Photos app and all the documents downloaded / copied to the 'iPhone. It's free.

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