Explore the iOS filesystem
The operation system iOS based originally on MacOS / OSX, the OS of the Apple computers. It was adapted to the needs of micro-computers such as a smartphone, especially for a long battery life and the smartphone usual navigation with fingers. The iDevice Manager provides interested persons a view in the file system like the Windows Explorer with a tree structure and a file list view. Learn to navigate in the File Explorer and how can you find files like photos on the iPhone.
For iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 8, iPad Pro
and iPhone 7 Plus, 7, 6S, 6, 5S, 5, iPad 4, iPad mini
File Explorer in iDevice Manager presentation
Navigation in iOS
Deleting, renaming and moving of files, also photos, can make the iPhone useless. In that case is a reinstallation or device reset necessary. Be careful!
If the iDevice Manager is not installed yet, download the program from here.
Start the iDevice Manager and click at first the tab "Device Storage" and after that the button "File Explorer".
After the directory has been loaded in the left tree view and the files in the list view, does the program automatically select the root folder.
With a click on a folder symbol in the tree, can you see the files in the list view.
Some folders have a plus icon, that means the folder has sub directories.
A click on the plus icon and the iDevice Manager displays the subfolders, that can have optionally subfolders again.
If you click on the yellow star on the top left, in addition a Favorites bar will be open.
To create a custom favorite, click the folder in the tree view and take it with the mouse on the name root and release the mouse button.
It is known that Apple is be very restrictive and prevent the view of the file system. Therefore, the iDevice Manager cannot display system folders like folders of installed apps and root folders. This is possible only with a jailbreak, which in turn represents a security risk.
Download of files and folders
For downloading of files provides the App the options Drag 'n Drop, the context menu and the "Download" button.
Select one or many files in the list, hold the mouse key and pull the mouse arrow out from iDevice Manager onto the Desktop or another folder in the Windows Explorer. Release the mouse key to start the copy process.
If you want to use the "Download" button, select before also the files.
Choose the destination folder and confirm with Save.
In the context menu of the file list, can you find an entry "Download" to download the selected files.
The downloading of folders with all files works identically. Only the Drag 'n Drop function is not supported.