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How to Transfer Files From iPhone to Computer Without iTunes

By Novak Bozovic / February 11, 2021

During the last couple of years, Apple has started distancing itself from iTunes while adopting wireless data transfer methods. In all honesty, iTunes was never a highly polished application, suffering from bloatware for a very long time. With that said, it doesn't come as a surprise to know that you can transfer files from an iPhone to a computer without iTunes – and we're going to show you how. 

3 Ways to Transfer Files From Your iPhone to Your Computer – Without iTunes!

It's time to leave iTunes behind finally. Instead, you can count on third-party applications (many of which come highly polished). And of course, some methods don't require any additional software, which we'll show below. Let's jump right in, shall we? 

Method #1: Use Third-Party iOS File Manager (For Your Computer) Instead of iTunes

First, a word of caution. You should be careful about letting third-party apps access your data. That's why we're going to give you a recommendation in this article, based on our experience. If you decide to use some other app, make sure to check its reputation. With that said, here's what you need to do. 

Dr Fone Wondershare iPhone Data Transfer
Accessing iPhone Contents from Computer via Third Party Software
Adding Files to iPhone from Computer via Dr Fone Wondershare

Dr. Fone can do more than just move files between your iPhone and your computer. It can help you delete iOS/iPadOS apps (using the 'Apps' tab), as well as dive into your iPhone's file system (using the 'Explorer' tab). Therefore, it's a one-stop-shop for everything needed to handle your iPhone or iPad.

Tip

Below, you’ll find two more options for transferring files between your iPhone and computer without iTunes. However, keep in mind that using a third-party app is the most effective solution you have at your disposal right now.  

Method #2: Use iCloud to Transfer & Sync Files Between Your iPhone and Computer

It's also possible to use iCloud to move files between your iPhone and computer. However, we're not talking about Apple's fully automated iCloud here. Instead, we're talking about uploading and downloading files-on demand via iCloud for the Web. Here's how to make this work. 

iCloud for Web Home Page
iCloud for Web Available Online Tools
Downloading Files from iCloud on the Web
Tip

As you can see, using iCloud is a good solution – but only in specific cases (if you want to transfer photos, notes/text, and send files to your iPhone). That’s why we’ve recommended using a third-party app above, as the first recommendation in this article.

Method #3: Use Email to Move Files Between an iPhone and Computer

Finally, we also have another recommendation concerning moving files from your iPhone to your computer. And yes, we're talking about email transfer. With that said, here's how to use this option to transfer different types of data. 

Sharing Photos via Email App iPhone
Tip

When it comes to sending files via email, you're restricted by iOS' limitations. Even though many iOS applications let you share their contents, not all of them offer that option. Therefore, email transfer comes in handy in many situations, but it's not a foolproof solution. 

That would all on how to transfer files between your iPhone and your computer without iTunes. If you have any questions for us, know that you can always post a comment below. And finally, thanks for reading!



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