What's new in iMazing 2?

If you’re coming from iMazing 1, you’ll find that quite a few things have changed besides the colorful interface refresh:

  1. Automatic backups
  2. New backup management features
  3. New datasets
  4. Improved backup restore and device to device transfer
  5. New device management features
  6. Power user features

1. Automatic backups

iMazing now comes with iMazing Mini, a free menu bar application that backs up your iOS devices automatically and wirelessly!

To learn more about the Mini, see Getting Started with iMazing Mini.

2. New backup management features

Automatically archived backups

All backups you make with iMazing 2 are now automatically archived. Disk usage is optimized to enable archiving dozens of backups without swamping your hard drive or external drive. With automatic archival enabled, your data is safe, never overwritten, and you can keep more of it.

The first time you’ll back up with iMazing 2, the backup wizard will present the following screen: iMazing backup options

You can customize backup location and archival options there. Once you’ve made the initial iMazing 2 backup, backup options are accessible through the new device options: iMazing Backup Options GIF

Your iMazing 2 backups for any given device are accessible from the Backup List: iMazing Backups Window GIF

Other non-iMazing 2 backups appear in the sidebar as virtual devices, tagged with a backup icon.

Backup Scheduling (2.3)

Configure automatic backup schedule and locations for each of your devices. iMazing Backup Scheduling

For more information, see Backup Options in iMazing.

Better backup location management

Backup locations are now set per device. You can back up your iPhone locally on your hard drive, and your iPad on an external drive or NAS. Backup location options are found in the new Device Options window: iMazing device options with Change Backup Location selected

Changing the default backup location affects where iMazing backs up a device if you do not specify a custom backup location. Changing the default backup location no longer moves all your backups to a new location. You can access the default backup location from the Preferences Window: Backup tab in iMazing preferences

Safely edit backups

In iMazing 2, backups are by default read-only. If you try to edit one, you’ll be prompted to make a copy instead. Fear not! The copy is a ‘shallow’ one which barely uses any disk space and keeps your original backup safe. Editable backups appear in the sidebar, tagged with the standard ‘Edit’ icon.

3. New datasets

‘All Photos’ album

The new All Photos album groups all of your photos by moments, including iCloud Photo Library photos. If you attempt to export a photo which isn’t actually on the phone, but in the cloud, iMazing will now offer to export its thumbnail.

Copy photos to your device (2.2)

iMazing 2.2 introduces a simple yet effective way to get pictures from your Mac or PC straight to your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. iMazing new photos album dialog box Learn more about this new feature from our blog article

iBooks support: copy e-books and PDFs (2.2)

You can now copy the contents of the iBooks app via the new iBooks View. Transfer e-books (.epub) and PDF documents, both ways. iMazing Books view

4. Better Backup Restore and Device to Device transfer

Customize apps in restore/transfer processes

When you restore a backup, or transfer your data to a new device, you can now choose which apps to include and which ones to leave out of the process. A great tool to help with spring cleaning when you finally get that next iPhone. iMazing restore wizard choose apps to transfer

Improved Backup Restore and Device to Device Transfer

  • Automatic device activation through the computer’s Internet access
  • Update of iOS if needed, from Apple servers or from an iOS image file (.ipsw) iMazing restore options

5. Device management

Full iOS support

Apple completely changed the backup format in iOS 10 and 11. iMazing 2 fully supports the new format, encrypted backups included.

Battery health popover

Check out our nifty little battery health popover, cute eh? iMazing Battery Window GIF

The percentage in the green bubble is your battery’s health. A green bubble means a healthy battery. An orange, or red one indicates an issue. Don’t wait for health to drop to abysmal levels before getting your battery checked!

Advanced shortcut management

It's now dead simple to add your favorite file sharing apps to your device's home screen in iMazing. Adding videos to VLC, or PDFs to FileApp has never been easier! iMazing actions panel with new shortcut selected

Check out our blog article to learn more about iMazing 2's new shortcut management.

Advanced device management

iMazing 2 features quite a few new tools and options which significantly expand it's iOS device management capabilities. iMazing install iOS wizard

For a deeper dive into the new Device Management features introduced in iMazing 2.2, have a look at our blog article

6. Power user features

Dev Console and logs

In iMazing 2, we've added a fully fledged device console window, as well as access to system and 3rd party app log files. iMazing dev console

Read more about this powerful developer tool in our blog article.

Update/Reinstall iOS

You can now update, reinstall/restore iOS using IPSW files or by downloading directly from Apple servers. iMazing 2 handles Recovery and DFU modes.