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DearMob iPhone Manager vs iCloud

DearMob iPhone Manager is a dedicated iOS device manager that lets you (bulk or selectively) transfer photos, music, contacts, and other files and data back and forth between your Apple devices and your Windows PC or Mac as well as safely back up your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and restoring the data to the new ones.

iCloud is a cloud-based service from Apple designed for storing data and keeping the data in sync with your computer and mobile devices. It can be utilized to move data between Apple devices and computers, but note it only offers 5GB of free space and there is the risk of data loss.

Check the feature set of DearMob vs iCloud below, you'll find iPhone backup, transfer, and management is easier than you thought, with DearMob.

Enjoy an easy, fexible, and risk-free digital life using DearMob:


iPhone Backup Features

Backup Features DearMob iCloud
Unlimited backups for one device
You know when the backup is done
Selectively back up or restore whatever you need
Doesn't require paid cloud storage
Change backup location to make room for disks

DearMob iPhone Manager

DearMob iPhone Manager lets you back up all iPhone data or selectively backup iPhone data like photos, videos, contacts, and more to your computer.

You can take unlimited backups for one device and the backup files can be saved on your computer or external drive as you prefer. Plus, restoring the local backup files is a risk-free process as DearMob will never overwrite the existing data on your Apple device without your permission.


iCloud Backup doesn't back up media files (such as music and movies) that aren't purchased from Apple digital media stores like iTunes Store and Apple Music Store. Files that are imported from computers or already stored in your iCloud account cannot be backed up either.

iCloud Backup will restore the purchased media files during the restore process.

If your purchases are no longer available in the iTunes Store, Apple Music Store, or iBooks Store, then you'll lose them forever. All your backup data is saved in the cloud. However, Apple only offers 5GB of free storage space.

Photo Transfer, Backup, and Management

Photo Features DearMob iCloud
Transfer from iPhone to computer/iPhone
  • Support GIF, HEIC, PNG, ProRaw DNG, and Live Photos
  • Option to convert HEIC to JPEG
  • Save a Live Photo as a video and a still image
Transfer to computer/iPhone by type/year-month-day/album
Transfer from computer to iPhone
Encrypt sensitive photos
No data erasing
Speedy (transfer 100+ 4K photos in 8 seconds)

DearMob iPhone Manager

DearMob iPhone Manager lets you transfer over 10,000 photos between iPhone and computer within 2 minutes which is amazingly fast! All your photos can be transferred in full resolution with the Exif data persevered, be they Live Photos, 4K HDR, or ProRaw photos.

Managing iPhone photos with DearMob is also a breeze, as you can easily organize pictures by albums, sort photos by capture data, mark photos as Favorite, delete unwanted photos..., and you're even allowed to encrypt photos exported from iDevices at military grade.

The built-in conversion feature helps you make HEIC/Live/Raw/GIF photos playable everywhere. According to your need, you can:

  1. Convert HEIC to JPEG.
  2. Save a Live Photo as one video and one image file.
  3. Convert Raw photo to JPEG.
  4. Export an edited photo in 2 versions: original and edited.


iCloud transfers photos between iDevices and computers by syncing. This arises a few issues.

For example, you can't transfer photos via iCloud without WiFi or data traffic; The photo exporting or importing process might take several hours; when deleting a photo from iCloud, the corresponding image will disappear from the cloud as well as all your iPhone and iPad devices; you're not allowed to upload specific photos from iPhone to iCloud.

One more disappointing thing is that you can't upload GIF, PNG, or any other photo format other than JPEG from your computer to iCloud.

Video Transfer, Backup, and Management

Video Features DearMob iCloud
Transfer videos from computer to iPhone
Transfer videos from iPhone to computer
Batch or selectively delete videos
Encrypt sensitive videos
Decrypt encrypted movies and TV shows
Option to convert HEVC to H.264
Option to compress large videos
No overwriting

DearMob iPhone Manager

DearMob iPhone Manager lets you quickly transfer all sorts of video files between your iPhone and computer at the original quality. With its unique DRM removal feature, you're able to decrypt the copyright protection from purchased movies, TV shows, and other media files, so you can watch them whenever and wherever. It also offers a one-click solution to encrypt the video files exported from your iPhone with the aim to protect your data and privacy.

The built-in conversion and compress features can come in handy in many situations:

  1. You can easily share your HEVC files on major social media platforms by converting them to H.264.
  2. You can edit the H.264 files converted from HEVC on a less-powerful computer without lagging.
  3. You get more available space on iPhone after shrinking large videos.


iCloud transfers videos between iDevices and computers by syncing which might cause permanent data loss. The support for importing video files is absent, so it's not possible transferring video files from your computer to your iPhone via iCloud. There's no option to sort or export iPhone videos by the captured data.

Worse still, it can't transfer the video files purchased from iTunes Store.

Music Transfer, Backup and Management

Music Features DearMob iCloud
Transfer music from iPhone to computer
  • Export purchased music files
  • Export your own music files
  • Support .mp3, .aac, .m4a, .flac, .ape, .wav
  • Remove DRM protection from purchased music
Transfer music from computer to iPhone
  • Support .mp3, .aac, .m4a, .m4b, .flac, .ape, .wav, .wma, .oga, .ogg
  • Convert less-popular formats like flac and wav to mp3
Batch and selectively manage music info
Create ringtones from music in 1-click

DearMob iPhone Manager

DearMob iPhone Manager supports full and selective transfer, backup, and manage music files between iPhone devices and computers. It supports the import and export of all popular audio formats including MP3, AAC, M4A, FLAC, and WAV.

Music files purchased from iTunes Store and Apple Music Store can also be exported. Better yet, you can unlock the encryption via DearMob with a simple click.


iCloud Music Library automatically matches and replaces the existing songs or albums on your device with a higher quality version from the Apple Music streaming library which leads to errors like matching the wrong song and messing up the metadata information.

It's designed for syncing the existing content on Apple Music Library across all Apple devices. If you need to transfer music files that are not included in Apple Music, use iCloud Drive instead.

Contacts Transfer, Edit, and Merge

Contact Features DearMob iCloud
Transfer between iPhone and iPhone/computer selectively or all
Export formats: .vcf, .pdf, .txt, .html
Import formats: .vcf
Easily manage iPhone contacts on the computer
  • Merge duplicated contacts
  • Delete multiple contacts at once
  • Encrypt contacts for security concerns
Restore contacts without Apple ID restriction

DearMob iPhone Manager

DearMob iPhone Manager makes it easy to transfer contacts between your iPhone and computer. You can export iPhone contacts as .vsf, .pdf, .text, or .html, protect the export with encryption, bulk delete unwanted contacts, get rid of duplicated contacts, and more within a few clicks.


iCloud automatically syncs your contacts across the devices that are logged with the same iCloud account. It doesn't give options to export contacts or transfer/delete contacts in bulk. You're not allowed to restore backup contacts to other iDeivecs without Apple ID restriction.

Personal Data and More Features

Features DearMob iCloud
Files: Transfer documents between file-sharing-enabled apps
Podcasts: Transfer and manage podcasts, decrypt purchased ones
Books: Transfer, backup, and manage (paid) ebooks and audiobooks
Ringtone: Quickly set custom ringtone, export ringtone
App: Bulk delete apps, access and export files from file-sharing apps
SMS: Export messages, including attached photos and videos
SMS: Export and manage messages without resetting your iPhone
Voice Meme: Export & manage voice memes without resetting the iPhone
Calendar: Add new, transfer, edit, and back up
Safari bookmarks: Add new, transfer, edit and back up
Flash Drive: Mount iPhone as a USB drive to store files
Option to convert media files to iPhone-friendly format for error-free play
Options to compress videos with good quality (when adding movies to iDeivces to watch on the go)

Tech Specs

DearMob iPhone Manager

  • Windows: Windows 11, 10, 8.1, 8, 7
  • Mac: OS X 10.9 Mavericks to macOS 14.0 Sonoma


  • Windows: Windows 11, 10
  • Mac: macOS 14 Sonoma ; Safari 9.1 or later, Firefox 45 or later, Google Chrome 54 or later, Opera
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