Top 11 Best iPhone Transfer Software with Reviews (2020 Updated)

There are so many well-designed desktop apps developed for iPhone users to transfer, backup, and manage data and files. At first, I thought all these iPhone transfer software were just some iTunes alternatives, which are aiming to do better on sharing data between iPhone iPad and another device. However, after several tests, I am surprised by the innovative features they created.

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Here in this post, I’d like to introduce some of the top best iPhone transfer software with their features, the prices, and the coupons I collected. All of these programs now fully support the new iOS 14, and most of them have a trial version that you can use before you finally purchase.

  1. iMazing
  2. AnyTrans
  3. MobileTrans
  4. iExplorer
  5. TunesGo
  6. CopyTrans
  7. Aiseesoft FoneTrans
  8. WALTR 2
  9. iSkysoft iTransfer
  10. Xlisoft – DVD to iPhone Transfer
  11. Leawo iTransfer

iMazing iPhone Transfer

iMazing is an iPhone transfer software created by DigiDNA, a Switzerland software developer. This program makes it easy to transfer, backup, print, and manage data on your iPhone and iPad.

iPhone transfer tool - iMazing interface
iPhone transfer tool – iMazing interface

You can absolutely use it as a replacement for iTunes to manage your device. But actually, it could be better than iTunes on data transferring.  Because just like its name, this tool is equipped with many AMAZING features you will never get from the iTunes app.

So what outstanding features you can get from iMazing?

1-Click Quickly Transfer from/to iPhone

With iMazing, you can easily transfer photos, music, contacts, videos, ringtones, and more between iPhone and computer (or another iOS device). The Quick Transfer feature will help you simply drop all the files from a folder on a computer to an iPhone or an iPad.

iMazing 2.6 put a new feature - Quick Transfer
iMazing 2.6 put a new feature – Quick Transfer

1-Click Export & Print Messages

iMazing helps you export messages, notes, contacts, and other text-format data to PDF, Text, and CSV, through which, you can easily view, read, and print the information. (Click here to know more on how to print text messages from iPhone with iMaing.)

Export & Print iPhone Messages
Export & Print iPhone Messages

Wireless iPhone Backup and more

iMazing added a Time-Machine-like feature to backup your important data via Wi-Fi. This is an encrypted backup for your iOS device, so it will be much safer. In addition, it allows users to browse the contents in the backup file or directly extract files from backup back to iPhone devices.

iMazing also offers some smart tools like checking iPhone status and battery health, migrating data from an old iOS device to the new one, managing apps, force restarting the device and etc. This software has a good design and follows closely with the development of Apple products and services.

iMazing Free Trial, Price, and Coupon Codes

iMazing is fully compatible with the latest iOS 14 and iPhone 12, and it offers a free trial for people to try before purchasing. But, the trial version will restrict the amount that people can transfer and backup on an iPhone.

To use all the features, you can buy the iMazing license code. There are three types of licenses starting from $44.99 on its official website. The great news is that you can get a 25% iMazing discount, with which you can get an iMazing license for no more than 40 US dollars.

 iMobie AnyTrans

iMobie transfer app history
iMobie transfer app history

iMobie Inc., released iOS transfer apps since 2012, including PodTrans, PhoneTrans, PhotoTrans, and AppTrans. And some of these apps did get a good reputation. For example, the PodTrans (iPod music transfer) got so many 5 stars ratings on CNET. 

After several years, iMobie gathered all its previous transfer apps into a new brand – AnyTrans. And this brand keeps adding new features, and now the latest version of AnyTrans collected a bunch of features, including transferring iPhone data, accessing files on iPhone backups, downloading Youtube videos, making ringtones, mirroring iPhone screen to the computer, as well as migrating data from Android to iOS.

AnyTrans vs iMazing

AnyTrans iPhone Manager
AnyTrans iPhone Manager – Version 7.0.4

Just like iMazing, AnyTrans runs on a computer and has some basic features like transferring and backing up data on iOS devices.

It does better than iMazing while downloading online videos and moving data from Android to iOS. But on the other side, it got a complicated interface and an unstable performance. Besides, it is beaten by iMazing in the features like message printing and quick data transferring.

AnyTrans Free vs Paid Version

AnyTrans iPhone transfer isn’t free, too. But it also gives you a free trial version, with which you can transfer several items, download online videos.

If you want to get AnyTrans full version and enjoy all its features, you need to buy its license. There are 3 kinds of licenses: 1 Year Single License ($39.99), LifeTime Single License (49.99$), and Family License for 5 computers ($69.99).  To buy at a cheap price, you can try this AnyTrans 50% discount coupon (updated on Oct 1st, 2020).

iExplorer – iPhone to Computer Transfer

iExplorer 4.2.8 Interface
iExplorer 4.2.8 Interface

iExplorer by Macroplant is an old brand for iPhone data transferring. And it’s very popular with iOS users since it does a good job on iPhone transferring. With this tool, you can easily export music, photos, contacts, and other files from iPhone or iTunes backup to the desktop of your computer. And the whole process is safe. (We’ve scanned this iExplorer using Secure software, and it shows there is no virus hidden.)

iExplorer VS iMazing/AnyTrans

Just like AnyTrans and iMazing, iExplorer is also a computer-based iPhone data transfer program. And it is good at transferring large numbers of big data files, such as hundreds of pictures, videos, and songs. Certainly, you can play and preview those items before you export them to a computer.

But it is a pity that iExplorer doesn’t add some meaningful features and improve its interface for a long time. And most of its recent updates are bug fixes and iOS compatibility updates. Compared with the rivals, it has no advantage in price and features now. (The new version even didn’t support Wi-Fi connecting.)

iExplorer Free vs Paid

The latest version of iExplorer is 4.2.8. And you can download it here. And the trial version allows you to preview contents, but limit the numbers of the files that you can transfer. Besides, it will keep showing a pop-up window requiring you to register and buy it. The price of the iExplorer is started from $39.99, and up to $69.99.

Wondershare TunesGo

Toolbox of TunesGo iPhone Transfer
Toolbox of TunesGo iPhone Transfer

Wondershare TunesGo also can do somethings that iTunes can’t. For example, transferring iPhone contents to another device (computer, iOS, and Android) and converting media files to iOS supported files.

Compare with the above two apps, TunesGo only some basic transfer features like move data between iPhone and computer, and manage iPhone data by deleting, adding, exporting, etc. And recently Wondershare updated this iPhone transfer app to be compatible with iOS 14. 

Aiseesoft FoneTrans – Transfer 16+ FileTypes on iPhone

Aiseesoft company developed various multimedia software for iPhone users. And FoneTrans could be one of its best works. This tool is specially designed to transfer data in a simple way, and it does do the job to transfer 16+ filetypes between iPhone and computer/iTunes.

FoneLab iPhone Data Transfer
FoneLab iPhone Data Transfer

Pros

  • The interface is clean so that you can quickly access the page to see what you can transfer between your smartphone and your computer.
  • It supports transferring more than 16 file types, including songs, videos, contacts, photos, books, ePub, etc.
  • It is cheap and you can buy with a 55% discount on MyCommerce, at a price of $18.
  • The icon is so cute!

Cons

Before transferring iPhone contacts and messages, this software will take a long time to back up your iOS device and load the text messages and contacts.

CopyTrans – Transfer Between iPhone and PC

CopyTrans gives you a series of iPhone transfer tools (CopyTrans, CopyTrans Contacts, CopyTrans Photo, etc) to help you transfer iPhone data on PC (Supports Windows XP and later). Most CopyTrans tools have the price of &19.99. Below are the main features of each tool.

Cons

  • Most of the tools are for Windows but have no Mac Version
  • Some files that you can only transfer from iPhone to the computer but cannot from PC to iPhone

Price

  • CopyTrans ($19.99) – Transfer music and videos from iPhone to iTunes/PC
  • CopyTrans Contacts ($19.99) – Transfer contacts, messages, notes, calendar to PC.
  • CopyTrans Photo ($19.99) – Transfer photos, videos, and albums to PC.
  • CopyTrans TuneSwift ($19.99) – Rebuild iTunes library on Mac/PC or transfer all iTunes library from iPhone to Computer.

WALTR 2 – Simplest Drop to iPhone Transfer Tool

Softorino Inc. developed one simple tool – WALTR, which helps people to easily transfer media files to iPhone without using iTunes. The latest version – WALTR 2, uses the wireless technique to transfer music, videos, TV shows, iBooks, Audiobooks from computer to any iPhone with one simple drop area, just like the below screenshot.

WALTR 2 is also not free and charges $49.99.

WALTR 2 Drop Area
WALTR 2 Drop Area

How WALTR 2 Work

You can download and install this WALTR 2 on Windows or Mac computer and then drag and drop files to its interface. This app uses its called “Smart Automatic Content Recognition”, to analyze the information of the files you drop to its interface on the computer, and then put them with all metadata into the right place on your connected Apple device.

Besides the iPhone, this app is also perfectly compatible with other Apple devices, even the original iPod from 2001.

MobileTrans – Best Phone Transfer

Transfer data from iPhone to Samsung Galaxy
Transfer data from iPhone to Samsung Galaxy

Just as we said in my previous post – Best Android to iPhone Transfer, WonderShare MobileTrans could be one of the most professional tools to transfer data between two phones, and also be able to backup data on your iPhone and restore data from backup to your device.

Actually, this desktop-based program is good for you to copy a huge amount of photos, music, contacts, and other files to your newly bought phone. If you got one iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro, this tool will be the one tool that you should own, because it will deal with many problems that you will meet on data transfer, backup, and restore. Just like other similar programs, it is not free and you should buy the license on the official website to get all features activated.

And the price is about $30-$40, similar to those of other programs.

 iSkysoft iTransfer (TunesOver)

Backup photos to Mac - iTransfer iPhone transfer
Backup photos to Mac – iTransfer iPhone transfer

iSkysoft iTransfer or named “TunesOver” is one of the transfer tools that iSkysoft released for all iOS users. With iTransfer, you can back up selected songs and videos to a computer or iTunes, and this smart tool will filter out the existing items, so there is no worry about duplicates being transferred to your other device. More than this, it is able to import live photos from iPhone iPad as gif pictures and store them on your PC or Mac.

iSkysoft iTransfer is now compatible with the new iOS 14, and available to be downloaded on both Mac and Windows, support the new macOS Big Sur and Windows 10.

Xilisoft – DVD to iPhone Transfer

Xilisoft created so many DVD to iPhone transferring and converting tools. And its iPhone Software Suite contains multiple functions, including, DVD to iPhone transfer, iPhone ringtones maker and iPhone data transfer. With this iPhone manager tool,  you can easily convert and transfer songs and videos to your iPhone, or convert songs as your iPhone ringtones.

Leawo iTransfer – Small iPhone Transfer Tool

Leawo iTransfer could be a small tool to manage data on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, iTunes. You can use this tool to copy songs and videos among iOS device, iTunes and PC. Thus, you can backup iPhone data to the computer. Or add media files to your new iOS device without iTunes. This tool has two versions just like the tools we offer above.  And the Window Version could be better than Mac, and now it isn’t compatible with the newest macOS Sierra. The good news is that the price of its upgrade license is cheaper than most of the transfer tools above.

13 thoughts on “Top 11 Best iPhone Transfer Software with Reviews (2020 Updated)”

  1. AnyTrans is a joke. If you wisely backup your iOS device using encryption so that all your iPad and iPhone data can be retrieved in case of emergency, AnyTrans cannot communicate with that device. That means you’ll have to backup using non-encryption, do your AnyTrans thing, and then back up your devices again using encryption. Worse still, AnyTrans has been saying for years that you can either endure this clumsy workaround or “wait for an update.” I’m on perhaps the fourth update they’ve made and they’re still making the same, stale promise.

    And never criticize these thin-skinned Chinese programmers who pretend they’re not by depicting Westerners in their online pages. They throw tantrums easily and will delete your user account and “lifetime” license if you do not express fawning, unqualified love at all times or raise an issue like the above. Broken English, broken promises. A must to avoid.

    1. I’ve used this any trans before,it has some nice & free features like moving data from android to iphone. it did give some benefits for ios users.

  2. I bought WALTR 1. But after a month or two, they released WALTR 2 with said new features and ask me buy it again. I am so unhappy with this trick and never buy from them again.

    I also bought iExplorer, but after two months, I found I have to buy a new iExplorer in order to support my new iPhone. What a joke. I will never buy iExplorer again.

    I bought some software with life time update for many years, that’s what I like.

  3. Thanks for sharing. BUT when I use dr foen to transfer iphone photos, it won’t connect my device, you may need remove it from this top transfer app list.

    1. I got the similar issue using ANYTRANS on my pc, and I’ve been told to update the iTunes, or download driver for my device. I don’t know how to do…

  4. Anyone know out of these apps or other apps which one would be the best on organizing your home screens on your iPhone? I have a lot of apps and I need to place them in folders and manage them all. iTunes won’t allow you to do it anymore. And it can be pretty time consuming to do it on the phone. Also if ever have to restore it’s all lost anyway.

  5. I find it interesting that this article starts out reviewing the two big names (CopyTrans and AnyTrans), and then compares some of the other programs to CT and AT but not all the others. Regardless, as a user of both, they both have problems. CT charges you every 2 years for a new license, and since Apple updates iOS every year, if you want to continue to use CopyTrans with the newest phones and iOS, you need to pony up the $19.95 for each component of the software (i.e. Transfer photos, transfer music, access the cloud, download contacts/messages/calendar events, etc.) There are discounts available but it can be expensive.

    Both CT and AT have support personnel issues, neither is very fast about responding, I found that CT was very quick to tell me a problem I was having was user error, until I sent them a video showing the error happening, and that I wasn’t killing the process. Then they stopped responding at all.

    AnyTrans has issues if you’ve opened iTunes before you open AnyTrans, it crashes. The workaround: re-boot and don’t open iTunes. (Sounds like a coding issue that could be fixed, but what do I know.) I lost my license key to AnyTrans when my SSD went belly up, and they were all on vacation. I got it about a week later, but really? Does everyone bail at the same time?

    Both pieces of software are not very intuitive and have their quirks and bugs. For example: when you download all your SMS into PDFs under AnyTrans they look like they were drawn by a 3-year-old in crayon. CopyTrans wants to download ALL Messages: SMS, WhatsApp and any other messaging programs you may have. You can turn the other programs off, but why waste the time listing all the messages without asking if you want them 1st.

    Trying to transfer music from my music library to my iPhone using AnyTrans was unsuccessful no matter what I tried. I could not get the one song I wanted to copy to my phone on my phone. CopyTrans tries to mimic the Itunes interface, being that they bill themselves as a replacement for iTunes, I would think they would have come up with a better interface than one that looks like iTunes. Also, if a song is not in your iTunes library due to Apple’s all knowing wisdom of what to download to your library and what to keep in the cloud, you cannot get it downloaded through the CopyTrans Manager. Back to iTunes you go to get it downloaded.

    I had to downgrade my copy of CopyTrans Contacts to use it with my older license key (I’m not paying $19.95 for one of their 7 products.) It was slow, and takes quite a while to download all my SMS messages. But at least the PDF files are readable.

    All in all, I find iTunes, CopyTrans, and AnyTrans to be AWFUL pieces of software. It almost is enough to make me want to go to Android.

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