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  • Date Added:
    Oct. 25, 2015
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    Free to try (Certain features are limited); $34.99 to buy (Buy it now)

Editors' Review


iExplorer facilitates the transfer of files from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch to your computer selectively to create backups. Whether it's music, voice memos, photos, SMS, or anything else, you can get it off your device and onto your computer without having to sync the whole thing each time.


Comprehensive detection: When you connect your device to the computer, the app recognizes it right away. It quickly loads all files as well, not just certain categories, so you can manage your entire data set through this single app.

Clear interface: Data detected on your device is clearly displayed in the app's interface. For instance, you can see previews of all photos, along with the date and time modified, file type, file size, and resolution. You can also export selected music tracks to iTunes or play them in the preview pane, and navigating from one file type to another is straightforward, thanks to the category list on the left-hand side of the screen.


Frequent pop-ups: Almost as soon as you open the demo version of this app, you'll be greeted with a pop-up asking you to purchase the full version. These pop-ups continue to show up quite frequently as you experiment with the app, and they are so persistent that it actually makes it hard to evaluate the program.

Crashing: We did encounter some crashing issues as well while we were testing this app. Each time, the app started right back up again fine, however.

Bottom Line

iExplorer is a complete tool for backing up data from your iOS device to your computer. While we did have a bit of trouble with crashing during testing, the other features make it at least worth trying out.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of iExplorer

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1 stars

"NEED BU PASSWORD to access messages & contacts."

November 27, 2015  |  By J0HNLA

 |  Version: iExplorer 3.8.7


This software does everything it says it does. I bought the paid version and I'm very happy with it. The interface is clear and intuitive. It will satisfy most 99% of most users needs, unless you do not have your iTunes backup password.

It is worth the money to upgrade to the pro version. I like how you can use your PC to access everything on your phone. I like how you can copy your music from your phone to another computer to access your iTunes music at home and at work.

The Con, listed below is not an error in the software, but rather a limitation imposed by Apple's extraordinary security measures. I just think its important to know that NO 3rd party software can access texts, call logs, contacts, etc. if you used a password on your iTunes backup forgot the password. (possible exception: if your iPhone is jail-broken, which opens up other potential problems)

Read the "con" below to see the reason for the 1 star review.


I have my iPhone password and I'm able to access all my text, iMessage, contacts and notes on my iPhone, but I lost my iTunes backup password.

Since the description said this software would allow access to iMessage and text on my iPhone, I downloaded it. This is the only reason I needed the software. When I tried to get access with the trial software I got a notice saying that that feature was only available on the paid version, so I upgraded to the paid version. When I tried to do it with the paid version, only then did it tell me that I would need the iTunes backup password.

I understand that in marketing you don't lead with your product's weakness, but the warning advising that the feature would only work on the paid version should ALSO advise that the iTunes backup password would be needed.

The reason for my 1 star review is that I believe that the omission was intentionally misleading.


This software does everything it says it does. I recommend it. The interface is clear and intuitive. It will satisfy most users needs, unless you do not have your iTunes backup password.

I've done months of research and trials and I have not been able to find any way to access text, iMessage, contacts, notes and call logs on my computer without the iTunes backup password. My research has suggested that it may be possible to do so if your phone is jail-broken, but I doubt it. I don't know for sure though.

It is also impossible make an un-encrypted back up of the iPhone on a different computer because the password used to encrypt the backup also prevents access to that data on the phone unless you have the password.

I'm sorry to be the one to tell you, but if you made an encrypted password protected backup and lost that password, you are out of luck in terms of accessing text, iMessage, contacts, notes, call logs, contacts, etc.

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3 stars

"Works well but very slow"

October 26, 2015

 |  Version: iExplorer 3.8.7


The features look fantastic.


took 48 hours to transfer 5054 song from my old ipod touch 3g...

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 3.8.7
Version 3.8.7 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
Publisher Macroplant
Publisher web site
Release Date October 25, 2015
Date Added October 25, 2015
Version 3.8.7
Category MP3 & Audio Software
Subcategory Music Management Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Additional Requirements iTunes 10
Download Information
File Size 9.91MB
File Name iExplorer_Setup_3870.exe
Total Downloads 381,020
Downloads Last Week 1,342
License Model Free to try
Limitations Certain features are limited
Price $34.99

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