There are many different ways and tools that can help iOS users copy data from their iOS device to computer or vice versa, such as Bluetooth, Email, iTunes and many others. It is no secret iTunes is confusing to use. Speaking of bulk data exchange between computer and iPhone or iPad, TunesGo is the easiest and most intuitive tool you can find. If iTunes was about how many different file types you can sync between iOS device and computer, TunesGo was about being selective and focus on the most common files you want to exchange. TunesGo comes as a desktop software for both Windows and Mac users. You will need to download and install it on your PC or Mac computer. No need to install or configure anything on the iPhone or iPad.
Run this iPhone data transfer software on your computer, you will be asked to connect your iOS device via USB. Once the iPhone or iPad is attached to PC or Mac via USB data cord, the TunesGo mobile phone data transfer program will detect your iOS device instantly. Your iPhone or iPad shows up in the data transfer software home screen, along with some quick links to frequently used tools that you can also find from the Toolbox of this iOS data transfer software, such as Transfer iTunes Media to Device, Rebuild iTunes Library and copy content from iOS device to computer, Backup photos to PC, Phone to phone transfer. We are not able to explain all these features in one post. The design of this software is so intuitive, there is no need for a user manual. You can download the free trial version of the iPhone iPad data transfer tool and explore more cool features of it.
Transfer Music songs between computer and iPhone
Click the Music tab from the top. Your music songs saved on iPhone will be listed. To transfer songs from iPhone to PC or Mac, click to select the music tracks and hit the Export button from the toolbar, you can then export music from iPhone to PC or iTunes. If you want to import music songs from computer to iPhone iPad, simply click the Add button, then select music songs or music album and add all selected songs from computer to iPhone iPad. See more details from this tutorial to add music to iPhone without iTunes. This will not sync your device or affect any other files on your iOS device, so no need to worry about data overwriting.
Transfer ringtones to iPhone
Ringtones can also be copied from computer to iPhone using this phone manager now. Check out following tutorial to copy ringtones from computer to iPhone without iTunes.
Transfer photos and videos between computer and iPhone
We have explain how you can share music between iPhone and computer above. The same process apply to photo and video transfer between iOS device and computer. Go to the Videos tab, you can import or export videos to or from Movies, Music Videos, Home Videos, TV Shows, iTunes U and Podcasts.
To download photos and videos from iPhone to computer, click Photos tab, select Camera Roll, you can then find all photos and videos captured and recorded using your iPhone camera, select and download any or all photos/videos from iOS device to computer. Note that when you want to transfer photos and videos from PC/Mac to iPhone/iPad, you should go to Photos >> Photo Library, then click Add to select and import media files from computer to iPhone, iPad.
Import contacts to iPhone vs export contacts to computer
Jump into the Information section, select Contacts from the left menu to list and view all your contacts and phone numbers saved on your iPhone. Select any or all contacts on iPhone, then click Export button from the top toolbar, you can then save iPhone contacts as vCard/VCF or CSV file on your computer. You can also directly import contacts from iPhone to Windows Address Book or Outlook on your computer.
If need, you can also import contacts from computer to iPhone, simply click the Import button, then choose the option to add VCF, CSV, Windows Address Book or Outlook contacts to iPhone.
Save text messages from iPhone to computer
Under the Information section, you can also preview, select, export text messages from iPhone to your PC or Mac. Currently you can choose to save iPhone messages as HTML and/or CSV files on computer. Check out this tutorial to backup SMS messages from iPhone to computer for more details.
Save iPhone apps to PC vs install apps from computer to iPhone
Normally you do not need to backup apps on iPhone as you can always download the latest version of apps from Apple App Store. Sometimes however you may need to save, transfer a certain version of the app. To do that, click Apps, select any apps installed on your iPhone, click Export to save iPhone app to computer as .ipa files.
iOS apps saved on computer as .ipa files can also be restored or installed to iPhone or iPad using this iOS data transfer software. Just click the Install button, browse to the ipa file and install apps from computer to iPhone iPad.
iPhone iPad file explorer
A file explorer or manager is missing on iOS device. Almost all Android phones come with a file manager app. Apple however does not think we need it. If you need a file manager or explorer, the TunesGo has the Explorer tool which you can use to import or export files to/from iPhone.
TunesGo has the toolbox with various useful utilities, such as transfer tools to transfer iOS media to iTunes, transfer iTunes media to iPhone iPad, transfer content from iPhone iPad to another iPhone iPad.
Update: this article was updated in Sep 2017 with the new ringtones transfer support. you can now directly copy ringtones from a computer to iPhone using this phone manager software.