USB file transfers / data recovery without jailbreaking

Posted: December 2, 2012

I'm going to introduce you to a couple programs for transferring files between your iPhone and your Mac. The programs are DiskAid, iExplorer and PhoneView. They all offer trial versions. I am only writing about these programs to make you aware of them. I receive nothing from the programs' developers. I am only going to provide very superficial information on the programs as I don't write product reviews. Explore the programs as they are very helpful and easy to use.


Sometimes people get into trouble and are unable to use SSH to transfer files to their iPhone when the Wi-Fi isn't working, or not available. DiskAid to the rescue! This program is as simple as point and click and allows for transferring of files, even to non-jailbroken iPhones.

DigiDNA offers this program for both Macintosh and Windows users here. DiskAid supports all iPhones and up to firmware 6.x. Once installed, launch and you'll see the program interface. This program is unique in that you can interact with the iPhone's file system directly. PhoneView can not do this.



Lets you use an iPhone or iPad in disk mode, like a flash drive. iExplorer is an iPhone browser or iPad file explorer that runs on Mac & PC that lets you browse the files and folders on your iPhone as if it were a normal USB flash drive. You can use the easy drag-and-drop methods to add or remove files and folders from the iPhone. You can download it here.



Is very similar to the two previous programs. It can retrieve anything stored on the iPhone in disk mode, address book contacts, notes, call logs, SMS/MMS logs and attachments, recently viewed URLs and bookmarks, voicemails, music, videos, audiobooks, podcasts, ringtones, photos and voice memos.


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