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Free independent app from MIcrosoft used to manage and backup iOS-based handheld devices

Free independent app from MIcrosoft used to manage and backup iOS-based handheld devices

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Program license: Free

Program by: Thinksky

Version: 4.5.0.5

Works under: Windows

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(1,285 votes)

Free

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Thinksky

4.5.0.5

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Windows

Users of iOS devices can rely on iTools for Windows to connect them to their PCs, because its a complete mobile device management program that bypasses a device's default interface. That means you can connect an iPhone or iPad to a PC without ever having to mess around with iTunes. In fact, many users will find that iTools for Windows includes a number of features that iTunes wouldn't normally include.

Considering the mobile device users essentially have to constantly monitor multiple operating systems, they might be concerned about bugs. Whenever iTools for Windows catches one, it automatically repairs it with the next update. Assuming you've also kept the operating system up to date on your phone or tablet, you shouldn't notice any problems in this department.

However, iTools for Windows provides so much more than merely operating system updates. The app allows you to sync and backup files between your devices. While it might take a long time to back a device up that has a large number of files on it, iTools for Windows shouldn't take much more time than a native application would. In fact, those who keep their devices relatively clean will find that it should move faster when it comes to certain operations.

This makes it attractive for moving podcasts to and from a mobile device. Since most users delete old episodes after they listen to them, they won't have to worry about whether or not they've backed these files up. After all, they're simply expendable to begin with.

Those who want to clear off their iPhones or iPads can also rely on iTools to move all of their photographs from their mobile device onto a local hard disk. Once these images are on their Wintel PC, they're free to delete them from their mobile device. They can then move them to a pair of mirrored USB storage devices to protect them from accidental deletion while simultaneously keeping their machines clean.

This might not sound like much, but it's an excellent way to dramatically improve the performance of both your phone and your PC. Power users who've jailbroken their devices can even connect them via iTools for Windows, so you won't have to give up this kind of functionality just because you broke your device out of its registered walled garden.

Naturally, iTools for Windows isn't capable of loading unregistered apps directly to a device. That being said, if you have a package manager already installed on your iPhone or iPad you can sideload new packages over to it that you've downloaded onto your PC. This gives you the opportunity to virus scan these with a web-based application before deploying them, which is vitally important when working with this kind of software.

Modded iPhones and iPads don't always connect to iTunes properly, but iTools for Windows will still recognize them. This has made it a popular option for those who've experimented with their devices.

Apple's basic features are all accessible from the app, but it also includes a few extra ones that should make it useful for those who wouldn't normally turn to a third party utility to sync their phone. For instance, iTools allows you to manage installed apps in ways you wouldn't normally be able to. You're free to check application info as well as backup or uninstall any of your apps with just the click of a button. In fact, iTools might even be able to remove apps that iOS won't normally allow you to get rid of.

All it takes to perform a system cleanup on your mobile device is a single click. This clears out your cache and refreshes your RAM, which boosts the amount of scratch space the onboard CPU has to work with. If you do this on a regular basis, then you might notice a fairly measurable difference in terms of speed.

Some users have even opined that they believe performing these cleanup chores with iTools will extend the life of their device because it cuts down on how much extra parallel work their devices have to engage in. While it can be difficult to say, it certainly should have at least something of a positive impact on battery life.

Pros

  • More features than native phone tools
  • Bypasses default interface
  • No need to install other libraries
  • Works with jailbroken devices

Cons

  • Slow loading times
  • Can't access stores inside of walled gardens

If you have an iPhone or iPad, iTools for Windows gives you all the functionality of iTunes that you need to manage your device. You're probably aware that iTunes is an integral part of using an Apple mobile device, but many people don't like being forced to use the software in order to use an iOS device.

iTools for Windows offers a number of features that you won't find in iTunes, and it also contains all the most vital functions that you would find in iTunes. Best of all, it's entirely free to download and use.

Users who don't take advantage of iTunes for music or media playback but still have an iOS device generally become frustrated with the fact that they are bound to iTunes, which some of them find bulky and overly complex for managing a simple mobile device. This software isn't notable for what it does, but more for what it doesn't do. It only includes functions that can help you optimize your mobile device.

The UI for this software is straightforward and forgoes the typical flash that goes with Apple software. With iTools, you can easily manage the apps on your device without the annoying dragging and shivering, and you can monitor the amount of free space on your device. The software allows you to import photos from your iOS device into your Windows system, and it does much more.

One feature that iTools for Windows includes that isn't found in iTunes is the Ringtone Maker. With this function, you can create a ringtone from a song. Android users have been able to do this for some time, but Apple's native software doesn't allow for this. The software will also search your system for backup data files created by iTunes, which limits the amount of time you must spend in iTunes.

You can tell just by using the software that the designers wanted to improve the basic design of Apple's iTunes without affecting the core processes. In the app management section, you'll see buttons beside each app that allow you to see the app's info, uninstall it completely, or create a backup of the app. This sort of user-friendly addition makes the software much more accessible than iTunes for the common user.

The App Manager feature of the software can be a bit slow from time to time, especially if the connected device has a lot of installed apps. It also has a hard time syncing with devices on occasion. The software is designed closely enough to iTunes that it has no real learning curve, but it improves upon some of the minor issues with Apple's software. When transferring files between the connected device and the PC, MP3s are automatically converted to M4Rs for your convenience.

Pros

  • Features Phone-Related iTunes Functions
  • New Features Not Found in iTunes
  • Intuitive Utility
  • Manage, Backup, and Restore

Cons

  • Slow Loading
  • Can't Access iTunes Store

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