The nature of transferring and managing files between devices has changed through the years. Remember sneaker net?
Even in the age of USB cables and Wi-Fi synchronization, Sneakernet remains popular. In the age of iCloud, how does a Mac user get files back and forth between iPhone or iPad (from Mac or Windows PC)? Unremarkably, there’s an app for that. DiskAid 5 transfers files to and from your Mac.
From Free To Not So Free
Mac users have a number of choices when it comes to syncing or copying or moving files from the Mac to an iPhone or iPad. Apple helps the process along with a few built-in, almost automatic ways to move files back and forth.
iCloud saves data on Apple’s servers and keeps files in sync between Mac and iOS device.
There’s iTunes, too, which can sync files to iPhone or iPad via USB cable or Wi-Fi. But those methods are mostly automated and don’t provide file-by-file controls.
DiskAid 5 gives you Finder-like access to music, videos, photos, contacts, notes, call history and text messages, as well as the audio from voicemail and voice memos.
Does this look familiar?
Plug your iPhone or iPad into your Mac via a USB cable, launch DiskAid and what you get is instant access to music, movies, TV shows, podcasts, playlists, photos, apps, data, and more.
Moving files from one to the other is as easy as drag and drop, but DiskAid uses a music and video transfer wizard to make the process flawless.
You can also browse the file system on your iPhone or iPad using DiskAid. That makes it easier to copy photos and videos back to your Mac.
Unfortunately, root access into your iPhone or iPad requires a jailbreak, but the convenience of backing up files to your Mac cannot be overstated.
DiskAid 5 has a hefty price tag, but a number of components are actually free to use with an unregistered version.
You can transfer files to apps, access the file system of your iPhone or iPad, transfer camera roll back to your Mac. The registered version will copy music, videos, movies, and TV shows, and copy text messages, contacts, and voicemail back to your Mac.