PhoneView for Mac

PhoneView for Mac


Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
4.3
out of 7 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
2.10.2
File Size:
7.02MB
Date Added:
August 18, 2014
Price:
Free to try (Seven day trial, limited data access.); $29.95 to buy
Operating Systems:
Mac OS X 10.10/10.6/10.7/10.8/10.9
Total Downloads:
58,100
Downloads Last Week:
197
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

PhoneView for Mac gives you instant access to your iOS device, enabling you to back up and explore any type of content stored on it, including media files, call logs, text messages, contacts, and more. Since it features iTunes-like backup functionality, it's capable of completely replacing iTunes as a device manager. You'll like its streamlined design and drag-and-drop functions.

PhoneView for Mac installs quickly and sports a bland but intuitive interface. Both the trial and full versions of the app can display the contents of iOS devices, but the trial version limits the number of items shown. Out of the box, the program displays a Media folder where you can store files. If checked in Preferences, the "Advanced Disk Mode" will show the entire file system on a jail-broken device, allowing complete access to all system files. You can drag and drop files between the app and the Finder or the Desktop with ease, but you cannot drag multiple items. In terms of transfer speeds, the program averages around 10MB/s. In addition to letting you explore and back up media files stored on your iOS device, this app also lets you extract data such as contacts, call logs, notes, bookmarks, and Web browsing history. A really nice touch is the ability to save conversations from Messages.app as text or PDF files for desktop viewing and backup. One feature which we think some Mac users may miss is the ability to Quick Look items by pressing the space bar.

PhoneView for Mac is feature-rich, lightweight, and well worth the price. This useful utility is all you'll ever need if you're looking for an easy way to back up and manage media files and data stored on your iOS device.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of PhoneView for Mac 2.9.5.

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  • 5 stars

    "Simple and intuitive"

    September 07, 2011   |   By peteraltschuler

    Version: PhoneView 2.7.1

    Pros

    Easy access to iPhone content
    Simple to transfer information

    Cons

    None obvious

    Summary

    iTunes may be great for transfering music, contacts, and apps, but all the other data on an iPhone has value, as well, and PhoneView makes it easy to access, transfer, and share.

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  • 5 stars

    "All functions are extremely useful and easy to use."

    May 01, 2010   |   By cantemus

    Version: PhoneView 2.4.2

    Pros

    The Notes, Call Log, Messages and Voicemail functions are excellent, and I use them frequently. The ability to add new notes from the desktop is particularly useful. The archive function as proved very valuable too.

    Cons

    No serious ?cons?, although I should like to be able to import photographs directly into Phone View.

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  • 5 stars

    "brilliant piece of Software"

    November 09, 2009   |   By chavode8

    Version: PhoneView 2.3.1

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    Sofar, I have seen it perform it´s duty in a very promising fashion, I don´t have to care about some .DS_Store files or anything as obstructive in the file-system of my iPhone.

    Shame on Apple for disallowing something that was useful from the first iPod onwards, shame on Apple for hiding content and information from their rightful owners. Thank you PhoneView for opening a gap in that walled garden, that our preferred company has invented to maximize their profits.

    DRM helps to screw those who pay, while those who don´t haven´t got any problems.

    I constantly have space left that is not covered by musinc, only using PhoneView lets me reclaim back that real estate.

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  • 5 stars

    "East as to use"

    October 27, 2009   |   By centralstone1

    Version: PhoneView 2.3

    Pros

    Ease of use

    Cons

    nothing to complain about

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  • 4 stars

    "Very useful application"

    October 23, 2009   |   By richardham

    Version: PhoneView 2.3

    Pros

    easy to use, useful and helps move data between iphone and mac

    Cons

    none I can find at moment

    Summary

    Like this due to its easy to use and works automatically when ou plug in your iphone

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  • 5 stars

    "Works For Me !"

    April 29, 2009   |   By Byron Church D Church

    Version: PhoneView 2.1.3

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    Two of the most Missed features on my iPhone (were) Call Log and Text -SMS Log . Just for these features I would buy this software , but it has many other cool tricks ! just try it for your self I don't know about the jail broken phones but I've had no problems It does give you access to a lot of inner files and warns you not to mess with them if you don't know what your doing . I don't . So I don't ! You can view your Photos listen to your music , view your contacts . I'm surprised its not more sung ! I say check it out. Peace

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  • 1 stars

    "Be carefully"

    November 20, 2007   |   By mcleod_68

    Version: iPhoneDrive 1.2

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    if you own an unlocked iphone! This little devil generates a second user at your phone. At the next sync (after installing and first use) with itunes it was like it was the first sync with my iphone. i had to transfer all my data, (Music, movies, ... etc) again and worst of all i suddenly had (as iTunes told me) 2.8 Gigs of "other" Data on my iPhone. When i realized, that there was a second admin user it was easy, i had to install a vt-100 emulation (i guess something like "Mobile-Finder" will do it as well) and to manually remove and delete the media files. 65 MB of "other" Data still remaining on my phone, thats an amount i can live with, better than to re-unlock my phone.

    Be carefully if you have an unlocked iPhone!

    The developer only reacted on my first call for help. There was no second mail, not even a question if everything is ok again, i told them how i solved my problem and that seems to be enough for them. Do not trust on their help.

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