My Mac is well organized and after years of use I know pretty much where every file and folder is located. What about my iPhone? Different story.
I know where my apps are located, and thanks to iOS 4 I can have more apps, games, tools, utilities, and I can organize all of it in screen folders. But what’s lurking under the hood of my iPhone? What’s inside? Take a look using iPhone Explorer. It’s free.
What’s Really Inside Your iPhone?
I’m a curious Mac user. Dinking around inside my Mac is an effort born of experience. I’m careful not to muck with System files and folders, but everything else is fair game.
My iPhone? I’m a little less curious, and somewhat stifled because there’s no easy way into the iPhone.
Enter a free Mac and Windows PC app—iPhone Explorer—which lets you exercise your personal curiosity about what goes on inside your iPhone—without you having to be all geeky and have a conniption fit if something breaks. It won’t. Mostly.
Why bother looking inside? Is there any value to digging into your iPhone? What’s there?
It’s Like An iPhone Flash Drive
iPhone Explorer lets you plug in your iPhone (Mac or PC) and treat it like a very expensive flash drive, jump drive, USB disk mode, Thumb Drive, or Pen Drive. Did I miss a name?
Once your iPhone is connected to your Mac, use iPhone Explorer to look at files and folders on the iPhone from a Finder-like interface. You can create, delete, and change the names of files and folders on your iPhone (also works on the iPod touch).
Copy files back and forth using drag and drop.
OK, what’s the value? Your iPhone can become an external storage device (like the aforementioned USB flash drives) to carry important or secret files that you don’t want your enemies to find while you’re away from your Mac.
iPhone Explorer can also view pictures and photos from your iPhone, as well as drag and drop them back to your Mac.
Big whoop, right? Right. iPhone Explorer has an option to view images before copying them to your Mac, so you don’t have to transfer all the photos on the iPhone.
What about digging around inside your iPhone for email, or voice mail, or text messages? No can do unless you jailbreak your iPhone first. You’re on your own if you do that.
iPhone Explorer is a good way to get all geeky over what’s inside your iPhone without having to jailbreak, but still add some functionality for your effort. Not bad for free, huh?