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How to Access iPhone Files on PC or Mac in 5 Ways

Myra updated on Apr 30, 2020 to iPhone Data Transfer | How-to Articles

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 comupter you are using, you will need different ways to access your iPhone files on the computer.

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Access iPhone Files on PC
Access iPhone Files on Mac
Transfer iPhone Files to PC or Mac

Part 1. How to Access iPhone Files on PC

"How do I access my iPhone files on Windows 10?", many users asked. Actually, it's quite easy to browse your iPhone files on a Windows PC, be it running Windows 10 or earlier versions. You can use an iOS content manager, Windows File Explorer, iCloud, or iCloud Drive to get things done. Read on to learn these tips in detail and carry out the one best suited to your needs.

Method 1. How to Access Files on iPhone from PC with EaseUS MobiMover

Are you wondering how to access iPhone files on PC without iTunes? If so, why not try the reliable iOS content manager, EaseUS MobiMover. EaseUS MobiMover is a tool 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:

  • Photos: Photos and Albums
  • Videos: Movies, TV shows, Music Videos
  • Audios: Music, Ringtones, Voice Memos, Audiobooks
  • Others: Contacts, Notes, Messages, Voice Mails, Books, and Podcasts

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. 

view iPhone files on computer - Step 1

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.

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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.

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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.

Method 2. How to View iPhone Files on PC via iCloud

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".

Step 4. You can now see your iPhone files on PC.

How to access iPhone files on PC

If you need to, you can also export contacts from iPhone or download iCloud photos to PC via iCloud.com.

Method 3. Access iPhone Photos on PC via File Explorer

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. With Windows Explorer, all you need is a USB cable to connect your iPhone to the computer. You don't need to install any software or connect your devices to Wi-Fi. However, you can only view iPhone photos on PC using File Explorer. If you want to access other file types on your iPhone from PC, apply one of the two methods above instead.

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 PC.

How to access iPhone photos on PC via File Explorer

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.

Method 4. How to Access iPhone Files on PC via iCloud Drive

If you want to access your iPhone documents, like Excel, Word, or PPT files, on your PC, the best choice for you is to use iCloud Drive. iCloud Drive, as a part of iCloud service, is document-oriented. Therefore, if you want to access the documents from your iPhone on the computer, turn on iCloud Drive to get things done.

Step 1. Open the "Settings" app on your iOS device and click [your name] > "iCloud" > "iCloud Drive".

Step 2. Go to the "Files" app and click "Browse" > "iCloud Drive". Search for the files you attempt to copy to your PC and upload them to iCloud Drive.

Step 3. Go to visit iCloud.com on your PC and sign in with your Apple ID (the one you use on your iPhone).

Step 4. Choose "iCloud Drive" among the options. Now you should see the items from your iPhone. Double-click to check the files.

How to access files from iPhone on PC

Part 2. How to Access iPhone Files on Mac

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.

How to access iPhone files on Mac

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.

Part 3. How to Transfer Files from iPhone to PC or Mac

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 and navigate to "Phone to PC". Move your mouse to the right pane and continue with "Next".

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Step 2. MobiMover will load all the supported files on your iPhone here. You can export one or multiple data types flexibly. The compatible data types are photos, videos, movies, music, playlist, ringtones, books, contacts, messages, notes, voice memos, and more. you can customize the destination for exported iPhone data. If you don't do any change, MobiMover will save the data to a desktop folder named as Exported by MobiMover. Click "Transfer" to copy iPhone files to the computer at a fast speed

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Step 3. When the transferring finished, you can view, edit, keep or delete the content as you like.

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The Bottom Line

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.