How to Access iPhone Files on PC/Mac in 5 Ways
To manage files conveniently, you may want to view and access iPhone files on PC. Or perhaps you want to back up iPhone to PC and free up iPhone storage, it could be nicer if you could browse the iPhone files on PC and decide which one to back up. So in this article, we will show you 5 ways on how to access iPhone files on PC or Mac. Whether you want to browse and open iPhone files on PC, or transfer files from iPhone to PC, you can learn how to get the job done with easy steps here.
Part 1: How to Access iPhone Files on PC/Mac Using Coolmuster iOS Assistant
Part 2: How to View Files on iPhone from PC/Mac with iCloud
Part 3: How to Access iPhone Files on Windows/Mac Computer Using iTunes/Finder
Part 4: How to See iPhone Files on PC/Mac via Dropbox
Part 5: How to Browse iPhone Photos & Videos on PC via File Explorer
Supported Files: Contacts, SMS, Notes, Calendars, Music, Videos, Photos, Books, etc.
The easiest way to see iPhone files on PC is to use a third-party tool called Coolmuster iOS Assistant. It can quickly scan your iPhone and display your iPhone files on PC in an organized way. With this tool, you can access iPhone files on PC without launching iTunes. You can also export files including contacts, SMS, notes, calendars, bookmarks, music, videos, photos, books, apps from iPhone to PC with ease.
Key features of Coolmuster iOS Assistant:
> View and access iPhone files on PC.
> Transfer files from iPhone to PC and vice versa.
> Back up and restore iPhone without data loss.
> Manage iPhone contacts, uninstall apps, etc.
> It works well with all the iPhones with iOS 5 and above, such as iPhone 12/11/11 Pro/11 Pro Max/XS/XR/X/8/8 Plus/7 Plus/7/SE/6/6s/5/5C, etc.
Download Coolmuster iOS Assistant and have a try:
How to access iPhone files on PC using Coolmuster iOS Assistant:
Note: Mac users can donwload Coolmuster iOS Assistant for Mac and also follow the steps below to view iPhone files on Mac.
Step 1: Download Coolmuster iOS Assistant on your Windows or Mac computer. Then connect iPhone to your computer using a USB cord, unlock your iPhone and tap Trust if you are asked whether to trust this computer.
Step 2: When Coolmuster iOS Assistant detects your iPhone, you will see the main interface below.
Step 3: Click the desired file type from the left sidebar, then you can view all the corresponding iPhone files on PC. You can also select the files you want and click Export to save them on PC for a backup or better management.
2.1 How to View Files on iPhone from PC via iCloud.com
Supported Files: Calendars, Contacts, Keynotes, Mail, Notes, Pages, Photos, Reminders, etc.
iCloud allows you to store multiple data types and access the files using different devices. Visiting iCloud.com is a simple way to browse iPhone files on PC.
Step 1: Firstly, back up your files from iPhone to iCloud. To do so, open Settings > tap [your name] > iCloud > enable the options you want.
Step 2: On your computer, log in to iCloud.com with your Apple ID.
Step 3: Click the option you want, you can then view and access the iPhone files on PC.
2.2 How to View iPhone Files on PC via iCloud Drive
Supported Files: Word documents, PDFs, Presentations, Screenshots, etc.
iCloud Drive is a part of iCloud which stores documents and files that aren't synced to iCloud. You can download iCloud for Windows and set up iCloud Drive on your PC to view the files. If you don't want to download the software, you can also access iCloud Drive via iCloud.com.
Step 1: On your iPhone, open Settings > tap your name > iCloud > iCloud Drive.
Step 2: Head to the Files app > Browse > iCloud Drive > upload files to iCloud Drive.
Step 3: On your PC, head to This PC > iCloud Drive. (If you didn't download the software, or visit iCloud.com > iCloud Drive)
Step 4: You can then browse and open the files from iPhone on your PC.
3.1 How to Access Files on iPhone from PC Using iTunes
Applies to: Apps that support the File Sharing feature of iTunes
iTunes is Apple's solution for transferring files between your iPhone and other devices. You can use the File Sharing feature to copy files from iPhone to PC/Mac.
Step 1: Connect your iPhone to the computer using the USB that came with your iPhone.
Step 2: Open iTunes on your computer and click the device icon.
Step 3: Click File Sharing in the left sidebar.
Step 4: To copy files from iPhone to your computer, select the app from the list in the File Sharing section.
Step 6: Drag and drop files from the Documents list to your computer. You can also select the files and click Save > find the folder on your computer to store the files.
3.2 How to Access iPhone Files on Mac via Finder
If you have a Mac with macOS Catalina, you can use Finder. The menu is a bit different from iTunes. Check out what to do:
Step 1: Connect iPhone to Mac via a USB cord and open Finder.
Step 2: Click your iPhone under the Locations section.
Step 3: Click the Files tab to see a list of apps that can share files.
Step 4: Click the triangle icon next to the app to unveil the files you can share.
Step 5: Select the files that you want to copy > drag the files to a folder on your Mac. You can then access the files from iPhone on your Mac.
Supported files: Photos, Videos, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Text, etc.
Dropbox is a widely used cloud storage service that supports multiple file types. You can download this app on your computer and iPhone, then see the iPhone files on PC/Mac.
Step 1: Download Dropbox app on your iPhone and computer.
Step 2: Open the Dropbox app on your iPhone and tap the "+" icon > select Upload files or Upload photos or videos.
Step 3: Select the files you want and upload them to the Dropbox.
Step 4: Open the Dropbox on your computer and you can see the files you just uploaded from your iPhone.
Supported files: Photos and videos
If you want to access photos or videos from iPhone on a Windows computer, using the File Explorer can get the job done. You don't need to install any third-party software. All you need is a USB cable.
Step 1: Connect your iPhone to the PC using a USB cable.
Step 2: Unlock your iPhone and hit the Trust option if required. You may also need to enter your iPhone passcode.
Step 3: Head to This PC > find your device > Internal Storage > DCIM > 100APPLE.
Step 4: You can see all your iPhone photos and videos in the folder and copy the items you want to your PC.
After reading this post, we hope that access iPhone files on PC will no longer be a challenge for you. If you don't know which way to apply, here we highly recommended Coolmuster iOS Assistant. This tool integrates your iPhone files into one place for easier management. You can preview files on PC and export specific files you want for a backup. Download this useful tool and give it a go. If there is any problem during use, leave a comment below and we will help you out.