To access and transfer your photos, songs and data on your iPhone to a computer, you will need to fire up iTunes on the computer to which your iPhone is linked. This makes things a bit more secure, ensuring that not just anyone can pick up your phone and start copying your files.

But what if you have more than one PC and you just want to access one file and your primary PC isn’t nearby? You’ll face a bit of a challenge, then, and aside from accessing photos taken through the iPhone’s camera, there’s not much you can do.

Unless you know about this, that is: with a small program called iExplorer, you can totally access the files on your iPhone on a PC or Mac without having to go through iTunes.

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Once you have downloaded and installed the program onto the PC in question and fired it up, it will ask you to connect your iDevice.

2Once it connects, you will be presented with a number of options. Directly under your phone’s information (see above), click on the individual tabs to access the media (music and videos) on the phone, data such as call history, calendar information and SMS messages, or you can click on Files to access Apps, documents or the media folder.

All options are also available on the left-hand side of the screen, presented as various drop-down options.

Apple’s filing system when viewed through File Explorer on a Windows PC can seem a bit jumbled. To make things a lot easier, you can access your whole camera roll through iExplorer. Simply click on Photos & Video under the Media tab and the files will be arranged accordingly.

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From here, you can transfer photos to your desktop, export a bunch of them to a specific folder or make bulk changes. What’s so handy about this, is that your images are grouped together by camera roll, Instagram and Photo Stream for easy sorting.

To organise and sort your music files, simply click on the Media Library tab.

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From here, you can transfer files, play previews, bulk export files to a specific folder and even export files to your iTunes library. To transfer files on your iPhone to your desktop, simply drag and drop the ones you want.

The program is available as a free version with limited functionality, or as a paid-for registered version that costs $34 (around R400). While the paid version offers unlimited access to all of the program’s features, you can do everything described above with the free “demo” version.

And it’s as simple as that! iExplorer is a really neat program if you want to quickly access important files in a hurry and you’re nowhere near your primary PC or Mac.

Charlie started his professional life as a motoring journalist for a community newspaper in Mpumalanga, Charlie explored different journalistic angles since his entry into the fast-paced world of publishing in 2006. While fostering a passion for the arts, Charlie developed a love for technology – both which allowed him to serve as Entertainment and Technology Editor for an online publication. Charlie has since been heavily involved in consumer technology for various websites and publications. He thoroughly enjoys World War II films and cerebral documentaries; aviation; photography and indie music. Oh yes, and he also has a rather strange obsession with collecting coffee mugs from his travels.