iMazing's Preferences window is accessed from the menu bar.
MAC: iMazing > Preferences…
WIN: Edit > Preferences…
Preferences are organized by tab:
The General tab contains iMazing's most commonly used preferences.
Hints provide you with helpful suggestions to make sure you're getting the most of iMazing. If you don't need them, you can disable them here.
Hide all wizards that do not require user input. Enables backup operations to go straight to the operations window for example.
The cache speeds up loading by keeping important files at hand (e.g. decrypted files from encrypted backups, thumbnails, ...) Clearing the cache is always safe: the cache will gradually be rebuilt as you again access your data in iMazing.
Reinstalls Apple drivers required for your computer to communicate with your mobile devices. Reinstalling them can fix connection issues.
💡Tip (Mac only): In order to fully remove all of your personal data from your computer, we recommended clearing iMazing's cache before uninstalling iMazing.
Completely resets iMazing:
Mobile Device Services are a suite of Apple drivers iMazing uses to communicate with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod.
Restarting Mobile Device Services can resolve some connection issues.
The Devices tab contains settings related to device connection behaviours and pairing.
Stops the selected apps from launching when you connect your device via USB.
iTunes often automatically backs up your device when syncing. When this is option is ticked, iTunes will not back up your device before a sync.
True by default. Disable this option if you do not want iMazing to automatically enable Wi-Fi connection with newly connected devices.
Enable this option to prevent iMazing from reacting to devices which connect via Wi-Fi. Can be useful if you are managing a large number of devices and need to focus on just a few USB connected ones.
Deletes the pairing records of all devices from which you trusted your computer. All devices will have to be trusted again. Learn more about pairing
On recent devices running iOS 11 and above, photos are stored by default as HEIC files. iMazing will automatically convert these to JPEG if you export them to a computer which does not support HEIC (to a Windows PC, or a Mac running a macOS version less than 10.13 High Sierra).
You can adjust this conversion behaviour here to force HEIC exports (Preserve Original Format), or force conversion to JPEG (Most Compatible).
Use the quality slider to set the JPEG compression level when conversion from HEIC to JPEG occurs. We recommend 95%, which offers a good size to quality ratio.
The Media tab contains settings that affect Music View and Video View.
To avoid duplicates when transferring music between your device an iTunes, iMazing checks whether the track have been detected in iTunes. You can change your detection settings if you find that iMazing is not correctly identifying duplicates.
iMazing will not check whether a track is present in your iTunes Library. If the track is already in your Library, this will result in duplicates.
iMazing will use the track's title and length (± 5 seconds) to detect duplicates in your iTunes Media Library.
iMazing will use the track's title, album, artist, and album artist information to detect duplicates in your iTunes Media Library.
The Storage tab contains settings related to iMazing's Apps and File System views.
In the Apps View, choose whether to show all of your device's apps or only those with file sharing. Learn more about File Sharing
This preference can also be changed from the Apps View's bottom toolbar, under Options.
In the File System view, choose whether to show or hide hidden files. Hidden files start with a period.
The Other Data tab contains settings which affect Messages, Call History, and Contacts export formats.
Changes the Data Export delimiter for .csv exports to one of the following options:
Change this settings if you are having issues importing your .CSV file into your spreadsheet software of choice (e.g. Excel, Pages, Google Sheets, …). Comma is the standard, but in some cases other separators may be more appropriate.
By default iMazing will export multiple contacts as a single vCard. Uncheck this option if you want to export each contact as an individual vCard.
💡Tip: Microsoft Outlook does not support importing multiple contacts as a single vCard.
The Backup tab contains settings related to the backups you make with iMazing.
Location where iMazing backs up devices for which you did not specify a custom backup location.
By default this location is set to the following:
/users/[USER NAME]]/Library/Application Support/iMazing/Backups
💡 Important: changing the default backup location will not move existing backups, and will not change the backup location of devices you have already backed up with iMazing. It will set the backup location of future devices you connect to iMazing. To change the backup location of a device you've already backed up, please follow our Change Backup Location guide.
This list features backup locations which iMazing loads when started. You can add and remove locations here by clicking the '+' and '-' buttons. The 2 default locations (iTunes backup location and iMazing default backup location) are not removable.
iMazing stores the following asset types in its library:
By default, iMazing's library is located at the following location:
/users/[USER NAME]]/Library/Application Support/iMazing/Library
You can change this location to another folder on your internal drive, or to an external drive. Note that storing the library on a slower drive or NAS will result in slower performance of all related functions of iMazing.
💡 Changing the library's location does not move items there. In order to keep existing assets, you should move items manually first, and then point iMazing to the new library location.
If you enable this option, iMazing will not immediately delete IPSW packages after updating or reinstalling iOS on your devices, and will store them in the library until Apple stops signing them. This options is mostly useful for sys admins who manage many iOS devices.
If you are signed in to an Apple Business Manager or Apple Schoool Manager account in iMazing's app library, iMazing by default will assign and unassign app licenses as you install and uninstall apps, either directly or via a blueprint. You can disable this behaviour if you wish to manage app licenses separately, with iMazing or with your MDM solution of choice.
The International tab contains settings related to the localization of iMazing's interface.
iMazing's display language is by default set to automatically match your system language. You can manually change the language to any of the following: