iMazing or iFunbox? Wondering which to go for?

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by NotMyName, Dec 15, 2018.

  1. NotMyName macrumors member

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    Looking for something to manage my iPhone a little better. I'm wanting a better photo manager - so that i can access my photos on my Windows PC and can see them all in an Explorer type window, delete them as i browse through them.

    To be able to extract photos from the iPhone to the PC and upload from PC to iPhone. Same with videos.

    Apps as well - to be able to pull apps from the iPhone to the PC. I keep previous apps in a folder on my PC too in the event new ones aren't for me, so the ability to put the app on the phone from the PC would be helpful.

    I'm sure there's other things that i'd find helpful to be able to do, they just don't spring to mind right now.

    I'd prefer a free piece of software (wouldn't we all) but i'm not against buying IF it provides much more that i need over a free program.

    Just wondering what software to opt for and why?
     
  2. chscag macrumors 68030

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    I use iMazing to manage my iOS devices and highly recommend it. You can purchase iMazing from the Macworld or PC World store for $19.95. That's a bargain compared to the regular price.
     
  3. BasicGreatGuy Contributor

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    I second the idea for iMazing. Unlike iFunbox, which is usually used for nefarious reasons, iMazing is trusted, has great support, and isn't about helping people cross the legal line. It is worth the price of app admission.
     
  4. rafark macrumors 6502a

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    like?
     
  5. Minorite macrumors 6502

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    I'm also using iMazing. I don't trust free Chineese software much in terms of data privacy (you never know what logs they get), and it has much more useful features like automatic HEIC > JPEG conversion during export, incremental backups, possibility to load .ipa from AppStore, etc. Also I really like that they do fix reported bugs :D

    p.s. About apps, keep in mind that Apple killed .ipa extraction in iOS 9 so there is no software that can extract apps from the device, only apps data. You should be still able to install old .ipa files from iTunes with iMazing though, check this guide if you need more info.
     
  6. NotMyName thread starter macrumors member

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    Oh right i wasn't aware about the extraction of apps thing. I did it some years ago but didn't know they'd stopped it.

    I'm currently on 10.3.1. I'm debating an update to 12.1.1 but i'm not totally convinced. I was reading about it today and all the reasons to update were for things that mean nothing to me (emojis for example) and the reasons not to were concerns i have (battery life for example, damage bluetooth/WiFi connectivity for another).

    I'm not sure what illegal work you're talking about but i'm not looking to do anything like that. Not intentionally anyway. All i'm looking for is to do what i laid out in the OP. If that breaks some Apple rule then yeah i guess i'm being illegal but aside from that then no. I don't even jailbreak any more :p
     
  7. Minorite macrumors 6502

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    I think he was referring to the fact that iFunBox along with 3utools are the most beloved apps by jailbreakers and scammers.
     
  8. NotMyName thread starter macrumors member

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    That's fine & all but if they 'do the job' well (as in what i'm looking to do) and it's free then it's automatically better than iMazing in my opinion.

    If one app does a whole load more things than another but those extra things are stuff i wont even use, then it's irrelevant (i don't know if one does more than the other, i'm just saying for examples sake).

    If iMazing is the better app (for my situation) for a reason then i don't mind paying, but as i've never tried it the way i see it right now is £35 vs £0. If that £35 gets me something that's worth paying £35 for then fine, otherwise if i can get that same thing for £0 then it's a nobrainer.
     
  9. Minorite macrumors 6502

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    My personal exp with iMazing is really good and imo it was worth 40$ back last year. Good sup, constant updates and minimum bugs/glitches.

    Again, about your case it has convenient Camera Roll browser, automatic HEIC > JPEG converter when exporting to computer (optional) and transfer preserves original Date Created/Modified, + .ipa management (at least in some way) and possibility to backup/restore app data without restoring the full backup.

    Can't say anything good or bad about iFunBox due to reasons in my previous post. I try not to use free software if it's not a known open sourced project.
     
  10. NotMyName thread starter macrumors member

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    Just a bit of an afterthought here...

    Is iMazing any good with an iPod?

    When i started out with iPod's back in 2008 I used to have a better (more organised) system with my music. Everything was in a folder or on CDs and i knew where everything was.

    Now i know for a fact that there's a good amount of audio that is only on my iPod and nowhere else. If my iPod breaks then i've lost it.
    I also know that the files on the iPod are a crazy mishmash filename that doesn't make sense. So i'm wondering if:

    A) iMazing could backup the iPod
    B) if so then can it do it in such a way that it makes the filenames make sense - such as how it displays on the actual iPod and not when you try and grab the files from within Windows Explorer?
     
  11. TonyK macrumors 65816

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    at OP, know this is an old and likely dead thread. Just purchased iMazing. It serves all my needs.

    Regarding iPod support, they indicate they do support them. Just don't know the extent of the support for iPods.
     
  12. mikzn macrumors 65816

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    iMazing recognizes / works for my iPod touch running iOS 5.11 - that said I am on MAC not windows.

    FWIW - there is a trail period if you download it and want to try it
     
  13. mikzn macrumors 65816

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    LOL - did not catch the "Old Thread Part"

    At any rate should be be good news for iMazing

    Especially with Catalina, easier to just go with the new "Music App" and use iMazing
     

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