FYI - You can use PhoneView with iPhone/Touch 5 iPad Mini on PPCs instead of iTunes

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Jessica Lares, Nov 2, 2012.

  1. macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    You can't backup apps, but you can pretty much save copies of everything else from the iPhone 5 and iPad Mini using PhoneView. Only requirement is that you're running OS X Leopard and have iTunes v9.2 or newer.

    Tested with my Power Mac G5 and iPad Mini.
  2. macrumors member

    Oct 18, 2012
    Wollongong, Australia
    Heh, actually bought Phoneview 2.8.4 today, I've got an iPhone 5 and a G5 running Leopard and iTunes 10.6.3. All of Phoneviews' stuff works perfectly. I pretty much use it to just archive SMS messages and the call history, but yeah, it's nice :)
  3. thread starter macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    Oh yeah, it's a great piece of software! I got it free with MacHeist a couple of years ago and have been using it ever since. It's so much more robust compared to iTunes.
  4. eyoungren, Nov 5, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 5, 2012

    macrumors G3


    Aug 31, 2011
    Phoenix, AZ USA
    Worked with it this morning. You can add photos and videos to your Camera Roll as well. The trick is you have to rebuild the Camera Roll database to make them visible though.

    Using the File System viewer in the PhotoData folder, delete the Photos.sqlite files. Disconnect and reboot the phone. Open up the Images app and your Camera Roll will now be blank. But be patient and it will rebuild the database with the new images/videos (your albums should also be intact).

    If you don't force it to rebuild the databse you can copy over stuff but your phone will never see it.

    Finally got a Honeymooners episode from my DVR to my Mac to my iPhone and this last bit was part of the process. Now that I know how to do it, it's a matter of streamlining the process. Unintuitively, it turns out that video recorded by your phone is stored in the Camera Roll. That means within the file system it's stored in the DCIM folder. I'm not sure it matters, but I followed the naming convention I found there for my video.

    Not sure where "actual" video (i.e., video you can see via the Videos app) is stored, nor if anything placed there other than actual purchases or downloads would show up.

    I'm guessing you can get ringtones in somehow as well, but I've only glanced at that right now.
  5. macrumors 6502

    Jan 9, 2011
    I have downloaded the demo version of 2.8.4 and I have an iPhone 5.

    The camera roll appeared automatically and I managed to drag-n-drop a video from iphone to finder.
    However, can I add music from mac to iphone ? At least with the purchased version. If it was something like 10$ I would bought it anyway, but 30$ is something worth considering.
  6. jhulgan, Oct 21, 2014
    Last edited: Oct 21, 2014

    macrumors newbie


    Jul 31, 2014
    Thank you!!
    However my photos are out of order.

    Edit: ah, I moved all of my photos to a folder then added them back manually with PhoneView while using the advice stated above. Nothing showed, had to delete the Photo sqlite as well. Everything is back in order.
    Thanks again.
  7. macrumors member

    Mar 13, 2014

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