How do you manage it all? I’m almost whole hog into iCloud these days. Files on iPhone and iPad. iCloud Drive on Mac. 2TB of iCloud storage for $10 a month. Forever. All backed up on my Mac and a few external disk drives. Is there a better way?
A Different Way
Regardless of how you backup your iPhone, iPad, or Mac, there are alternatives that range from Dropbox to Amazon to Google and Microsoft. I’m less inclined to store files on the latter three than Dropbox, but you get the idea. Alternatives are available but they are different.
Here’s one I found interesting. It’s called AnyTrans and it claims to make it easy to consolidate access to your content– the aforementioned files of music, movies, photos, messages, and everything else– from a single app. Think of it as an app that doesn’t sync files but allows you to get to all your files regardless of where they reside.
AnyTrans works on Mac, Windows, iPhone and iPad, and even Android smartphones. The list of media files you can access is extensive.
- Movie: MP4, M4A, MOV, WMV, AVI, FLV, etc.
- Music: MP3, M4A, MP4B, WMA, WAV, etc.
- Music Video: MP4, M4V, MOV, WMV, AVI, etc.
- PodCast: MP3, M4A, M4V, etc.
- Ringtone: MP3, M4A, M4R, WMA, WAV, etc.
- TV Show: MP4, M4V, MOV, WMV, AVI, etc.
- Audiobook: MP3, M4B, MP4A, WMA, WAV, etc.
- Voice Memo: MP3, M4A, etc.
- iTunes U: MP3, MP4, M4V, WMA, WAV, etc.
- iBook: PDF, EPUB.
- Photo: JPG, PNG, GIF, BMP
Got any of those? Yes. All accessible from AnyTrans. It’s like having a single application that lets you preview and backup texts in Messages, edit contacts in Contacts, change notes in Notes, edit events in Calendar, and open files from wherever. It’s also a good way to migrate files from an older iPhone to a newer iPhone, download media from hundreds of sites to iPhone or iPad.
It all starts on the Mac by choosing what information you want to manage from a single app rather than multiple apps.
Once you select which files you want to manage in AnyTrans you have transfer access to those files across devices– iPhone and iPad, iCloud and Mac, or wherever. It’s a decent way to backup files, but the strength is in the ability to get to files from wherever and whenever.
Sounds good, right?
Considering that iCloud Drive on macOS and Files app for iPhone and iPad are free, the AnyTrans price tag might be a put off. The AnyTrans website is as slick and professional as you can find online these days. Behind the scenes, though, AnyTrans is published by iMobie– a company located in China.
Based upon how totalitarian some countries have become in recent years I am more concerned about personal privacy than ever– and that means I’m concerned about which applications have access to my files so I require more assurance that what files I collect are secure. From what I can see, AnyTrans works well but has a price tag for functions already available on macOS and iOS devices.