how to / iPad / iPhone / 03/09/2013

How To: Copy files from your iDevice

itools-logoEver wondered how to get files off your iPod, iPhone or iPad and onto your PC?

iTools is free to download, and lets you manage files on your iDevice easily, on Windows or Mac (I still maintain iTunes is the worst piece of software for Windows).

It’s not just a free piece of software, but ad-free – so a total win. The current version of iTools (still in beta) lets you manage photos, music, videos, apps, and ebooks – import and export. If you really hate iTunes, you can use iTools to back-up your apps and contacts (you need to disable iCloud for this), and do stuff you normally cannot do with iTunes like import and export music, movies, photos and ebooks.

I’ll use a common example that I get asked about a lot – how to copy music files from an iPod (or iDevice) onto a hard drive, with step-by-step instructions. It works similarly for photos and videos.

1. Download iTools for Windows or Mac.
2. Connect your iDevice to your machine.
3. Go into the Music tab.
4. Select the tracks you want to export to your hard drive:

itools-export5. Choose a location, and save it.
6. Access your extracted files at the location you saved it:

itools-musicfiles

You can extract mp3s, podcasts, audiobooks, playlists, TV shows, movies, photos, ringtones, etc; as well as import. All media types are listed on the right hand panel of the Music tab. You can also manage your photo galleries by saving, deleting or creating albums. You can add, remove and back up apps if you want. I haven’t tried backing up my Contacts via iTools because I don’t want to disable iCloud for it.

iTools is easy to use, and quite powerful – play around and you’ll see!



Nafisa Akabor
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  • Kavir

    wow
    thats really interesting , thanks Nafisa , do you think iTools can move
    music from desktop to iphone, Im using a iphone 5 but still dont have itunes working as my laptop is a bit outdated..

    • Hi Kavir. Yes, it has an Import and Export option! Sorry if I wasn’t clear. Try it and let me know how you find it.

      • Kavir

        thanks so much Nafisa, i certainly will =)

        • Kavir

          Hi Nafisa, i have successfully downloaded it, its very neat ! im struggling to import mp3 songs though from my desktop ; i wish to export it to the iphone, when i select a mp3 song from the desktop it says its unable to recognise file format.. is this normal? ps. im using a windows pc

          • Maybe the file is corrupt? I tried it on my side, importing a music file in mp3, and it came through (Mac).

          • Kavir

            Yes could be, thanks

  • Saajida

    This is brilliant! Can’t wait to try it out as I hate iTunes!

  • I downloaded it and it’s not mountable. Will try again later because I really want to try this out 🙁

    • It is mountable, that’s how I did it on my Mac. Double click it from your downloads folder and try again?

  • Valentino

    Hi, I tried downloading the program now but it just opens a tab with the following address – http://122.228.70.14/dl/iTools0524E.zip I tried refreshing but nothing:-(