Top 10 File Managers for iPhone to Handle iOS Content

By Joakim Kling - Last Updated: Contact Author

You have come to the right place if you are searching for iPhone file manager for PC and Mac that help you to manage iPhone content flexibly like you do on Windows or with Mac Finder, or if you are coming from Android ecosystem, desperately looking for a method to manage iPhone like you used to do with Android device.

What makes a good iPhone file manager?

Drag and drop, copy and paste, browse any content with concise UI.

Beyond these intuitive interactions, ability to convert mainstream format into Apple-compatible files, preserve file metadata, and access file sharing apps matter a lot. There are actually many fake iOS file managers claiming that they support iPhone files, while the files they support are often photos, videos or music but not the documents in Files app.

If you are looking for all around iPhone data manager that supports multimedia content, documents in Files app, PDFs, books and so on, pick your tool here.

Best iPhone File Managers — At a Glance

  • • DearMob iPhone Manager
  • • iMazing
  • • AnyTrans
  • • TunesGo
  • • Xilisoft iPhone Transfer
  • • Documents by Readdle
  • • File Explorer
  • • File Manager & Browser
  • • File Master
  • • iExplorer Mobile

1. DearMob iPhone Manager

DearMob iPhone Manager is a multi-facet iOS file manager that offers a two-way transfer solution for you to manage and transfer files from iPhone to computer and vice versa. As a file explorer for Mac and Windows, it readily detects and displays media content (photos, videos, audios) and other files (PDF, Pages, Keynotes, Numbers, excel spreedsheets, books, contacts etc.), in a well-organized way for you to export or import, backup and edit. This program also grants you access to the default Files App on iOS. Everything stored locally in the Files app can be extracted out of iPhone for you to manage.

Lightweight yet powerful (1/6 size of iTunes), this iPhone file manager runs without iTunes in a stable and fast way. It transfers 1000 pieces of 4k photos in less than two minutes. This tool loyally preserves metadata of your files, never messing up with the content you have meticulously curated, making iOS file management a worry-free task.

DearMob iPhone Manager Screenshot

Highlighted features:

• Access content in File sharing Apps
• Browse and operate iPhone files from computer
• iPhone-to-Computer and Computer-to-iPhone data transfer
• Convert HEIC to JPG, set custom ringtone, optimize iOS compatible files
• Enctypt sensitive files

2. iMazing

iMazing is one of the best file managers for iphone on the market. Besides its fast iPhone media transfer to new iPhone without iTunes and smart backups, iMazing also does well in managing iPhone files from Files app. Just connect your iPhone to this iPhone file manager, and you will be able to access your iPhone File System. Like DearMob iPhone Manager, it is quite convenient for you to copy files to your computer, transfer videos, music, photos etc. to iPhone, organize iPhone files by modifying the file name or create new folders. Please note, the trail version of iMazing only offers 100 files transfer.

iMazing screenshot

3. AnyTrans

AnyTrans is a fully-fledged file manager for iphone without jailbreak that consolidates iPhone files in one place. Running together with iTunes, it transfers media files, messages, digital books and more data between iPhone, computer and iTunes library. You can also manage iCloud files by signing in via AnyTrans. A video download utility is also baked in this program, enabling users to grab videos from online and push into iPhone, with option to convert media files to iOS-optimized ones when adding data to iPhone and iPad. With bloated functions and a busy UI, it requires some learning curve to navigate through and fully understand each module.
AnyTrans screenshot

4. TunesGo

TunesGo is a must-have for Android & Apple owners with its seamless transfer utility to bridge the gap between Android phone and iPhone for file exchange. You can freely sync photos, videos, songs and more across iPhone, Android phone and computer if you have multiple devices at hand.

It is armed with handy features such as transfer songs and playlist from iPhone to PC without duplicates; backup iPhone contacts without iTunes and view them in excel flexibly; backup iTunes U and Podcasts; browse files and folders on iPhone with the built-in file explorer; device root for advanced users, making it one of the best file managers for iPhone on the market. Since it supports both iOS and Android, with bloated utilities and toolkit, the program could be overkill for users with Apple products only.

TunesGo screenshot

5. Xilisoft iPhone Transfer

Xilisoft iPhone Transfer comes with multimedia and iOS file synchronization feature as other file transfer tools, and the best thing is its support of several iOS devices at the same time, good news for Apple fans with multiple iDevices if they want to transfer photos, music, videos and more iPhone content simultaneously.

Managing iPhone on various fronts is easy with Xilisoft iphone Transfer with these features: quickly view and search iPhone files as you do on iPhone; modify ID3 tags of multiple files at the same time; synchronize iPhone music with iTunes library; transfer files via Wi-Fi. One thing to note, as this software cannot run completely independent of iTunes, you can use it as a go-between program to make up for some utilities missing from iTunes.

Xilisoft screenshot

Bonus Tips: Managing Content from miscellaneous file sharing Apps

1. Add, Export, Delete Content in Files Apps

Step 1. Install and launch DearMob iPhone Manager. Plug in your iPhone or iPad.

Step 2. Go the main UI of DearMob iPhone Manager, click on the Files icon to access the documents management window where you can see what are stored in your iOS Files app.

Step 3. Double-click a file app that you want to manage, and feel free to add files/videos/music/books etc to it from computer, create new folders, export certain documents to computer for backup, or bulk delete files you no longer need.

Manage document in default files app

2. Manage Files from File-sharing Apps

Step 1. From main Ui, click on App icon. In this screen, you can install apps downloaded from third-party sites, delete unwanted apps in batch.

Step 2. Apps with a blue folder icon are file-sharing apps, you can manage files from within.

Manage content in File sharing apps
Besides iPhone File Manager that works on desktop, you can also use Apps on iPhone to manage your document and media content. Remember how you manage iOS files before the release of the default File apps in iOS 11? Struggling to mark a PDF send from a friend via Facebook messenger, staring in vain at a zip file download from Safari, or fumbling for certain document among various cloud apps because you don't remember where you have stored it. Productivity has been enhanced by the default Files app, but it's still not omnipotent. Below is a list of best iOS file managers that cater for you different needs, moving a step forward to do "real work" on iOS devices.

6. Documents by Readdle

This iOS file management tool does everything the default Files app can, and takes things to next level with features that Files app lacks. Besides managing multi-cloud content from iCloud, DropBox, Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive, you can also read and write documents in NAS and other home servers.

What makes Document great is its Wi-Fi transfer feature, with which you can access iPhone and iPad files from desktop browsers. That's like Airdrop magic for Windows users who can't enjoy iPhone to Mac seamless communication. The ability to browse Photo albums and share it via Wi-Fi is also Readdle-unique. And most importantly, it's completely free.

Highlighted features:

• Browse default photo albums and share them via Wi-Fi or USB

• Scan and manage document when paired with Readdle Scanner Pro add-ons

• Playback mainstream videos and audio files

• Access WebDAV Server, FTP Server, Window SMB, Cloud servers

Documents by Readdle

7. File Explorer

Formerly Known as iVault, File explorer is the lightest iOS file manager among all, yet powerful and fully fledged with all the essential iPhone data managing utilities. Apple handset holders can open files in File Explorer from other Apps, edit, paste, delete and unzip documents flexibly as operating on desktop explorers. Multimedia playback is also possible, making it easier to enjoy your own collections other than from iTunes store.

Highlighted features:

• Support old iOS 7.0 and later

• Lightweight with only 20MB

• Manage and transfer iOS files via Wi-Fi

• Import camera photos to edit and share

• Peer-to-peer blue tooth file transfer

• Compress files and send as email attachment

File Explorer

8. File Explorer

As its name suggests, this iOS based iPhone file manager helps you manage and explore file on iOS handsets. You can store documents, play music from non-Apple Music resources, and read PDF files. Good news for PDF gobblers, this App auto-detects downloadable files in built-in browser, making your digital reading life much easier and more effective.

Highlighted features:

• Create ZIP files with existing documents

• Serve as a virtual USB drive to store iOS data

• Read PDF and compressed RAR and ZIP files

• Access Dropbox, iCloud, Box, Webdav, FTP etc.

File Master

9. File Master

File Master for iOS is an all-in-on iOS data manager with built-in browser, downloader and video & music player. It saves your effort in searching files in iDevices, and offers a simple to use text editor to quick word processing. ZIP and RAR extraction is also available. Playing 4k videos within the app could be laggy sometimes.

Highlighted features:

• Remotely access iOS files with a password

• Peer-to-peer file sharing via bluetooth

• Support avi, rmvb, rm and other video formats

• Suppot multi-selection mode when managing files & folders

EaseUs MobiMover

10. iExplorer Mobile

iExplorer Mobile (known as Awesome file before) is the iOS version of iExplorer. Like most iOS file managers, it has all the basic file managing utilities to browse, edit, copy & paste iPhone and iPad files, ability to communicate with your Windows and Mac browsers via WebDAV and FTP, and playback music and movies. With 3.4 version, the PIN option is back to lock up the app for security reasons. Please note, this app require purchase to enjoy full features.

Highlighted features:

• Stream music from Cloud service like Dropbox

• Create playlists with you own music collection

• Create photos, text file, record and edit voice memos

• Set PIN to encrypt your iOS data

• HD version for iPad users

iExplorer mobile

What if iOS File Managers Cannot Fulfill iOS Data Managing Tasks?

iOS file manage tools is convenient for "file handling on the go" tasks, where you instantly share and edit document wirelessly. When it comes to batch processing job or managing maximum type of iOS data, iOS-based file managers could fall short.

Why? Apple's sandbox mechanism entails that each App is isolated from the file system directory of other apps by design. Each iOS app has its own application sandbox so other applications cannot access it ensure data security. That is to say, it's merely impossible to manage all kinds of your iPhone data with iOS-based file manager apps.

That's why you will need a desktop-based iPhone file manager for iPhone and iPad to accomplish certain tasks, such as batch managing contacts card, calendar events, voice memos, podcasts, unlock DRM protected music and movies, and transfer all these iOS files to computer to free up iPhone storage.


Joakim Kling

Joakim is a tech addict and mobile enthusiast ever since the Symbian era. Now as a technical writer, he loves to test software and devices, and share his discoveries in plain language. Jogging helps him think better and stay energized throughout the day.

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