By default, iPhones are setup to connect to Mac computers using the iTunes software. However, iTunes is actually quite limited in its navigation capabilities. Although it has an awesome UI, it still doesn’t let you browse files on your iPhone manually. In today’s post, we will review how to actually access the core of your iPhone, access the file structure, and more.
A program named iExplorer is a freeware application for Mac OS X that allows you to browse the contents of your iPhone in disk mode, similar to the way a flash drive or external hard drive works. Why would you want to do this? By being able to access files directly on your iPhone, you can delete remains of uninstalled apps and other junk files that may still be on your iPhone. You can also copy music, photos, and videos with more flexibility than iTunes offers. Having access to the files on your iPhone directly can also be important when troubleshooting or diagnosing problems with the phone.
To get started, jump to this website and download the free version of iExplorer. The software is available for Windows too, so if you have an iPhone but not a Mac computer, you can still follow along with this tutorial. Once you have downloaded iExplorer, proceed to install it onto your computer.
Once you has successfully downloaded and installed iExplorer, launch the program using the path Finder > Applications > iExplorer. Initially, the iExplorer window will be empty. Connect your iPhone to your computer. iTunes will automatically launch, but you can just exit and close out of iTunes for now. Once you have your iPhone connected to your computer, it should appear within iExplorer.
To navigate the iPhone files using iExplorer, simply click the according arrows next to the folders that you want to navigate. You will notice that each app that you have installed onto your iPhone has its own folder.
Most of the time, iOS and iTunes do a great job at deleting files from the core. For example, when you delete an app on your iPhone, it should delete all remains of the app too. In some cases however, particularly on jailbroken iPhones, there may be some remains of apps that you have deleted. You can use iExplorer to remove any files or folders that you do not want.
You can also use iExplorer’s New Folder button to create new folders on your iPhone.
Alternatively, iExplorer can also be used to manage media. For example, if you’d like to add files to any folder, you can simply right-click on an existing folder in iExplorer and select Add Files from the context menu.
Overall, iExplorer is a good utility to have, as it allows you to navigate the folder structure of your iPhone, similar to the way you navigate folders in Mac OS X. Not to mention, the utility is completely free. iExplorer offers an alternative option for adding data and removing data from your iPhone, rather than iTunes.