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Browse and transfer iPhone files and folders

With iMazing, you can quickly copy files and folders between your computer and your device with a USB cable, or wirelessly.

There are various ways of transferring files, each with its own set of advantages and disadvantages:

App Documents folderTransfer files and folder so they can be opened in a specific app.
iOS File SystemUse your device as a USB disc by accessing parts of its File System. Files and folders transferred this way cannot be opened on your device.
Device BackupBrowse all Files and Folder available to you, including those not accessible from the iOS File System.
Jailbroken Device File SystemIf your device is jailbroken, you can access its entire File System, including root.

Using a combination of those methods lets you unleash your device's storage potential. For instance, you can use app transfer to copy movies you want to watch while you travel, and File System transfer to keep an safe copy of an important presentation.

Before you begin

Download and install iMazing on your Mac or PC computer

Browse and transfer files via an App's Documents Folder

On iOS, each app has its own library of files called a sandbox. Some iOS apps, called file sharing apps, let you access their sandbox's Documents folder.

apps view in iMazing

Files an folders that you copy in an App's Documents folder can be accessed directly from your device, and is ideal to transfer media files such as documents and videos that you want to view on the go.

For more information, see How to transfer files and folders from a Mac or PC computer to an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch?

Browse and transfer files via the iOS File System

A file system is a method of organizing and retrieving files on a storage device. All storage devices, like your computer, USB drive, and even your iPhone have a File System.

The FileSystem's Documents folder transforms your device into an external drive and copy files that you want to access later, from a computer.

file system view in iMazing with documents folder selected

For more information, see File System view in iMazing.

Browse and transfer files via a Device Backup

If you've backed up your device, you'll have a Backup folder. There, you can access the content of your device's backup. Apple does not allow access to your device's entire File System, but everything accessible will be in this folder.

file system view in iMazing with backup folder selected

For more information, see:

Transfer files via Jailbroken Device's File System

If your device is jailbroken, you'll also have access to its root folder.

file system view in iMazing with root folder selected


Updated 24 Apr, 2017

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