How easy is it to find files on the Mac? OS X has a built-in file finder called the Finder. No such utility exists for the iPhone or iPad on iOS. Why not? Apple seems afraid to let customers find and manager the files on their devices. Here’s how and it’s free.
Explore iPhone Explorer
The Mac has the Finder to explore files. Microsoft has the similar Windows Explorer to find files. What about iPhone and iPad users?
Enter iPhone Explorer, a free Mac utility of dubious origin which lets explore and manage much of the iOS file system; even without jailbreaking your device.
It works simply enough that even those who don’t normally muck around on the Mac’s file system will find iPhone Explorer useful.
The name should be changed to something like iOS Explorer or iOS Finder, though, because iPhone Explorer also works on iPad files and iPod touch devices.
Plug your iOS device into your Mac and start up iPhone Explorer. What you’ll see is a window which displays the file hierarchy of your connected device.
Copy files from your iPhone or iPad back to your Mac. Or, copy files from the Mac to your iOS device. That means you can copy or delete photos, books, movies, application data, or view specific files on your iOS device with just a few clicks.
Apple prefers that iPhone and iPad customers not worry about the iOS file system, and rightly so. It’s a complicated beast. iPhone Explorer, though, makes sure you cannot muck around system files so your device will continue to work.
iPhone Explorer is useful and works well and is priced right but I’d really love to see a version that works over Wi-Fi.
I had to laugh at the five star reviews on MacUpdate, though; all glowing reviews in fractured English, all written within a few days, from visitors who only reviewed iPhone Explorer. A decent app does not need shill reviews.