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At one time or another, you want to view your iPhone files on a computer to transfer the data to or from your iPhone or to manage them more conveniently from the computer. If you do, there are five proven ways for you to access your iPhone files on a PC or Mac. Depending on the specific file types you want to view and the computer you are using, you will need different ways to access your iPhone files on the computer.
Support files: Photos and Albums, Movies, TV shows, Music Videos, Music, Ringtones, etc
Are you wondering how to access iPhone files on a PC without iTunes? If so, why not try the reliable iOS data management software - EaseUS MobiMover, which is designed for iOS data transfer, content management, and video download. With it, you are able to view and access your iPhone/iPad/iPod touch files on PC or Mac, transfer files to or from your iOS device, or download videos from YouTube to your computer or iPhone/iPad/iPad Touch. Here are the files you can view on PC with the help of this tool:
To access iPhone files on PC with EaseUS MobiMover:
Step 1. Connect your iPhone to your computer with a USB cable, open EaseUS MobiMover, click "Content Management" and choose the category you want to view.
Step 2. After you choose the category, you can view all the items existing on your iPhone from your computer. What’s more, if you need to, you can transfer files to or from your iPhone using MobiMover.
Step 3. If you want to delete some unwanted files, just select the items and click "Delete", then tap on "Yes" to confirm your deletion.
The files you can view EaseUS MobiMover can also be transferred to PC using this tool if you need to. For more details, learn how to transfer files from iPhone to PC with EaseUS MobiMover.
Support files: Mails, Contacts, Calendar, Photos, Notes, Reminders, Pages, Numbers, Keynote
In addition to using EaseUS MobiMover, you can also use iCloud to access files on your iPhone from a PC without iTunes. By enabling iCloud, you can view and access your iPhone files like photos, videos, contacts, notes, reminders, and more on the PC via iCloud.com.
To access iPhone files on PC:
Step 1. Turn on iCloud according to the files you want to access. For example, if you want to access iPhone photos on PC, go to "Settings" > [your name] > "iCloud" > "Photos" and turn on "iCloud Photos".
Step 2. On your Windows PC, open a browser to visit iCloud.com, and then sign in with your Apple ID. (Make sure you are using the same Apple ID on your devices.)
Step 3. Among the options, click the one that contains the files you want to access, e.g. "Photos", "Notes", or "Contacts". Then, you can now see your iPhone files on your PC.
Support files: Photos
If the file type you want to access is photos, you can use Windows Explorer (called File Explorer in Windows 10) to get it done. No extra app is needed. The process is very simple and all you need is a USB cable to connect your iPhone to the computer.
To access iPhone photos on PC via File Explorer:
Step 1. Connect your iPhone to the Windows PC.
Step 2. Unlock your iPhone and click "Trust" in the prompt on your iPhone to trust the computer. If asked, enter your iPhone passcode.
Step 3. Open "This PC", double-click [your device name] > "Internal Storage" > "DCIM" > "100APPLE", and you will see all your iPhone photos and videos here.
Step 5. Then you can view your iPhone photos and videos freely or copy these items to transfer your iPhone photos/videos to your PC.
There is more than one solution to access iPhone photos on PC. For more workable tips, go to the guide on how to view iPhone photos on computer.
Support files: Excel, Word, or PPT files
If you have ever enabled iCloud Drive on your iPhone, then all of your files and documents will be synced across all of your Apple devices. It is very convenient to access your files with iCloud Drive. But this cloud service works on iPhone or iPad running iOS 13 or later and PC running Windows 10. If you want to access files stored in iCloud Drive, follow these steps.
Step 1. Turn on iCloud Drive on your iPhone
First of all, you'll need to turn on iCloud Drive on your iPhone. to do it, you can go to Settings > Tap on [your name] > Tap "iCloud" > Turn on "iCloud Drive." Once you've done that, any documents you store in iCloud will be automatically synced to iCloud Drive.
Step 2. Upload Files to iCloud Drive
Then, you'll need to open your Files app and upload files to your iCloud Drive. If you don't have it, just download one from App Store. If there's one, open it > Click "Browse" > Tap "iCloud Drive" > Search for files you attempt to copy to your PC and upload them to iCloud Drive.
Step 3. Download files from iCloud Drive to your PC
Finally, you can download files to your PC. Here's how: go to visit iCloud.com on your PC > Sign in with your Apple ID (the one you use on your iPhone) > Choose "iCloud Drive" > Now you should see the items from your iPhone. Double-click to check the files.
It's no doubt that the iPhone has better compatibility with Mac, compared with Windows PC. To access iPhone files on Mac, both using EaseUS MobiMover and iCloud in Part 1 are advisable. If your Mac is running macOS Catalina, there is one more way for you to browse iPhone files on Mac, which is to use Finder.
With macOS Catalina, iTunes is not available any longer. Instead, Finder works to share files between your iPhone and Mac. Thus, Finder also allows you to access your iPhone files on Mac.
To view iPhone files on Mac via Finder:
Step 1. Connect your iPhone to the Mac and open a Finder window.
Step 2. In Finder, select your iPhone in the "Locations" section.
Step 3. Choose the tab according to the files you want to view, including music, movies, TV shows, podcasts, audiobooks, books, photos, files, and more.
As mentioned, you can also transfer files from iPhone to Mac or vice versa using Finder:
To copy files from iPhone to Mac: Select the files you want to share and drag the files to a folder on your computer.
To transfer files from Mac to iPhone: Select the files you want to transfer and drag them to the app on your device.
After you view and access your iPhone files on the computer, you may want to transfer files from iPhone to PC or Mac to make a backup or copy files from computer to your iPhone to enrich its content. No matter what you want, EaseUS MobiMover will help.
To transfer files from iPhone to PC or Mac:
Step 1. Connect your iPhone to your computer running Windows or Mac OS systems with a USB cable > Start EaseUS MobiMover > Click "Phone to PC" > Click "Next."
Step 2. Choose the type of files you wish to export > Customize the destination for exported iPhone data > Click "Transfer" to copy iPhone files to the computer at a fast speed.
Step 3. When the transferring finished, you can view, edit, keep or delete the content as you like.
Now you know how to access your iPhone files on a computer, be it a PC or a Mac. Besides, you also learn the simple steps to transfer files from your iPhone to PC/Mac or vice versa. I believe these tips will help you at one time or another when it comes to iOS data transfer.
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