This has been my week to get all geeky with my Mac. Yes, I know my Mac pretty much inside and out. That comes from slaving over a hot Mac keyboard all day. And from being old.
Remember, old dawgs can learn new tricks. This week my trick is to dig into my iPhone using my Mac. What did I find? There are multiple ways to find out what’s on an iPhone without breaking it. And it’s amazing the stuff you find.
Use Your Mac To Dig Deeper Into Your iPhone
Earlier this week I ventured into my iPhone using my Mac and a freeware app called iPhone Explorer. Use the Finder on your Mac to see where all your files, documents, apps, music, photos reside. That’s the nature of the Mac.
What about your iPhone counterpart? Phone View gets you there, but only part of the way.
To dig even deeper into the iPhone you’ll need Phone View, a Mac app which also works on the iPad (and iPod touch). Phone View treats your iPhone as an attached USB disk drive, so you explore those areas of your iPhone that iPhone Explorer won’t, or that would require you to Jailbreak your iPhone.
Alright, that’s already too geeky for most Mac users. Here’s the carrot. Wouldn’t it be cool to copy all your iPhone’s text messages back to your Mac? How about archive your voicemail messages? Your entire iPhone call history?
Plug your iPhone into your Mac and double click Phone View. What you get is an app that’s almost self explanatory but one that does far more than iPhone Explorer.
Use the Toolbar to create a new folder on your iPhone to store files from your Mac. Copy to iPhone. Copy from iPhone. Easy, right? Delete. Easy, too, but be careful not to delete something your iPhone needs.
Let’s say you want to view your voicemail messages. Click the voicemail icon in the left column. Look at the voicemail messages. Click Copy From iPhone to copy them to your Mac.
Now, all those nasty phone messages that Mel Gibson left on your iPhone’s voice mail are saved. You’ll make a fortune selling them to TMZ.
What about iPhone apps? Stroll through accessible apps with point and click. There may not be much value there, but it’s an interesting effort.
The same holds true for Music, Videos, Photos on your iPhone. All are accessible in the Phone View browser, and copying them to or from your Mac is a mere click. Recent iPhone models record Voice Memos and those show up in the list, too
Ditto for Ringtones, Podcasts, and Books. All accessible.
Here’s the juicy fun. Under Phone View’s Data heading is another list. Notes. Call log. Messages. Bookmarks (and Voicemail and Apps). Use Phone View on iOS 4 for iPhone and for iOS 3.x for iPad.
All of this may sound like safe, geeky, exciting fun, but there are caveats. Some safety features are available which prevent deletion of SMS text messages, the iPhone camera roll, and call logs. That’s evidence that’s left behind. However, you’re not Jailbreaking your iPhone so there isn’t much danger.