Top 11 Best iPhone Transfer Software List with Reviews (2019 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 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.

Here I’d like to introduce some top best iPhone transfer software I collected in 2018 and 2019, and share some fantastic features of these programs. (As iTunes will be killed in macOS Catalina, these apps could be another choice for iOS users to backup and transfer data on Mac. As I knew, now most of them support the newly released iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro.)

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

iMazing iPhone Transfer

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

iMazing (DiskAid) was created by a Switzerland software developer DigiDNA. After several updates, this desktop app now makes it so easy to transfer, backup, print and manage data on your iPhone iPad. It’s not only an iOS transfer software but also a nice designed Apple mobile phone manager that is equipped with so many AMAZING features.

iMazing Transfer Feature

With iMazing, you can transfer photos, music, contacts and more between iPhone and computer without using the iTunes app. This is the basic feature but iMazing makes it perfect, especially when Quick Transfer feature released in 2.6 version. People can simply drop multiple types of data from the 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

About Print Features

Text messages printing could be very simple if you have iMazing. To improve the user experience of printing messages conversation, iMazing 2.9 added a feature to direct print the WhatsApp chat history and attachments by 1-click. This is very helpful for people who want to print messages conversations.

Export & Print iPhone Messages
Export & Print iPhone Messages

About Backup Features

Besides importing specific files from iPhone to the computer, 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, iMazing app allows users to browse the contents in the backup file or directly extract files from backup back to iPhone devices.

Other Features

iMazing also offers some smart tools like checking iPhone status and battery health, migrating data from 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 product and services, like the Mojave Dark Mode, iOS 13, and macOS Catalina.

iMazing Dark Mode for Mojave
iMazing Dark Mode for Mojave

iMazing Free Trial, Price and Coupon Codes

iMazing is fully compatible with the latest iOS 13 and iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max, and it offers free trial for people to have a try before purchasing. Surely, just like other similar apps, the trial version will restrict the amount that people can transfer and backup on an iPhone.

To use all the features, you have to buy 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 25% iMazing discount this month. If you are a student, professor or member of education institutions, you can provide with an Education email to get 30% discount from iMazing.

 iMobie AnyTrans

iMobie transfer app history
iMobie transfer app history

Since 2012, iMobie Inc., released some iOS transfer apps, including PodTrans, PhoneTrans, PhotoTrans, and AppTrans. And some of these apps did well and got a good reputation. For example, the PodTrans (for transferring iPod media files) ever got a good users’ rating on CNET download site. 

After several years, iMobie put all its previous transfer apps into the new brand AnyTrans for iOS. And this brand keeps updating and adding new features, and now the latest version of AnyTrans collected a bunch of features, including transferring data between iPhone and Mac/PC/iDevice, accessing iOS backups, downloading Youtube videos, 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 Windows and Mac, has some basic features like transferring and backing up data on iOS devices, as well as extracting those items you want from iTunes backup to your device.

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 messages printing and quick data transferring.

AnyTrans Free vs Paid Version

AnyTrans iPhone transfer isn’t free, but it gives you the free trial version, with which you can transfer several items, download online videos and move data from android to iOS.

If you want to get AnyTrans full version and enjoy all its features, you need to buy its license. There are two kinds of licenses: Single license for only 1 computer ($39.99), and Family License for 5 computers ($69.99).  To buy with a cheap price, you can try this AnyTrans discount coupon (updated on Jan 1st, 2019).

iExplorer – iPhone to PC/Mac Transfer

iExplorer 4.2.8 Interface
iExplorer 4.2.8 Interface

iExplorer from Macroplant is 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 also works on computer. And is suitable for transferring a large number of big files, such as hundreds of pictures, videos and songs. Certainly, you can preview or play those items before you take action to export them to a computer.

But it is a pity that iExplorer doesn’t add some meaningful features or even do some change on its interface after several months’ developing. 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. The downloaded trail allows you to view contents, but limit you to transfer only 10 tracks at a time. Besides, it will keep stop you with a window requiring you to register it with a license code. The price of iExplorer license is from $39.99 to $69.99, a bit expensive for its limited features.

TunesGo (Dr.Fone – iOS Transfer)

Toolbox of TunesGo iPhone Transfer
Toolbox of TunesGo iPhone Transfer

Similar to iMazing and AnyTrans, Wondershare TunesGo for iOS (now named Dr.Fone – iOS Transfer) 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, Dr.Fone iOS Transfer has 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 12. 

These price of dr.fone iOS Transfer is 49.95 US dollars for both Windows and Mac versions. If you want to buy with a cheap price, you can try this Wondershare coupon code: C977058BA9.

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


  • 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 support transfer 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!


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.


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


  • 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 Android to iPhone Transfer

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

Just as what we said in the post – Best Android to iPhone Transfer, WonderShare MobileTrans could be the best transfer tool for transferring data from Android to iPhone. And beyond this, it can move more things between two phones. If you got one iPhone 7, now you can use it to transfer messages, contacts, photos and other data from any android to iPhone.

 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 computer or iTunes, and this smart tool will filter out the existing items, so there is no worry about duplicates being transferred to your another device. More than this, it is able to import live photos from iPhone 6s or iPhone 7 as gif pictures and store them on your pc or mac.

iSkysoft iTransfer is now compatible with the new iOS 10, and available to be downloaded on both Mac and Windows, support new Sierra 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 List with Reviews (2019 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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