How to Access Your iPhone Files on Windows 10

By Nathan E. Malpass, Last updated: December 28, 2019

Nowadays people use their iPhone's for so many things. It's no longer just a device for communication but it also serves as our on the go assistant by keeping files that we need handy.

It may be pictures, or documents necessary for work or keeping track of your schedule for the day. There is a lot that you and your phone go through together every day.

Apple has been known for the quality of its devices but it is never safe from malfunctioning and errors. What if your iPhone crashed, or you accidentally deleted an important file or worse it gets lost or stolen.

All those files that you hold dear, photos, contacts, documents, gone just like that. That is why it has been highly suggested that users create a backup of their data to avoid complete loss files. It would allow you to be able to retrieve what you thought is no longer accessible to you.
There are numerous ways to create a back up of your data even if you don't have a Mac. You can get access to all your iPhone files even if you are using a Windows based PC. It only becomes limited as to which data can be backed up and retrieved.

Like for example using iTunes will only allow you to back up certain contents of your iPhone i.e. photos, contacts, and videos.

Either way, it is still useful since you will be able to save some if not all of the data that you find valuable. Read on to find out which would suit you best.

Part 1: How to Access iCloud Files from Windows PCPart 2: How to Access iPhone Files on Windows 10 by iTunesPart 3: Accessing Your iPhone File Backups in Windows 10Part 4: The FoneDog Toolkit-Windows 10 best partner to access your iPhone filesConclusion

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Part 1: How to Access iCloud Files from Windows PC

Ensure that you have set up iCloud on your iPhone. You can either have it set to automatically back up or do a manual one.

The good thing about being able to use iCloud on your windows based PC is that you can still get access to your stored files across all your Apple devices.

You can even manage bookmarks that you may have on other browsers like Google and Mozilla just like you can with Safari and it will be available and synced amongst all your other devices.

Keep in mind as well to enable "iCloud Drive" to be able to store documents and then "Desktop and Documents" if you have stuff you want to be accessible from your Mac. Below are the steps to use iCloud to retrieve your iPhone files.

  • Step 1: From the official website download iCloud. (You can set it up manually if it doesn't install automatically just go to the setup file from your downloads to run it)
  • Step 2: Once the installation has completed you would need to restart your computer.
  • Step 3: Open the software if it doesn't kick in after reboot.
  • Step 4: Sign in with your iCloud account ( If you use more than one ID, keep in mind which one has the iPhone files you would like to get access to)
  • Step 5: Select which data and contents you want to sync and keep backed up on your iPhone and other devices.
  • Step 6: Now depending which file you have set up for iCloud to update there will be separate folders for each data under the "iCloud Folder" in your computer's storage that you can easily locate from your File Explorer.

So let's say for example you have files you uploaded to your iCloud drive those will be stored directly to the iCloud Drive folder on your PC which would, in turn, be available across all your devices. Convenient right?

Important Note: Make sure you always have an updated version of iCloud on your PC. To set it for automatic check based on your preferred schedule go to Edit>Preferences. You can also manage your storage preferences for iCloud on your PC.

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Part 2: How to Access iPhone Files on Windows 10 by iTunes

This is pretty convenient if you don't have a Mac. To be able to sync your device on your Windows PC and create a back up all you have to do is download the software. Here are the steps on how to get it.

  • Step 1: On your PC start up your browser then go to this web address:
  • Step 2: Go to the bottom of the page and look for the "Download Now" button then click on it.
  • Step 3: To proceed with the download click on "Save"
  • Step 4: Once the download has completed it will show you the command "Run" click on it to open the installer then hit "Next"
  • Step 5: You will be shown a guide and settings selection. If you are sure of everything click on "Install". It should just take a few minutes and then when the install has concluded click on "Finish". You would now need to able to have iTunes gain access to all your computer's contents. To do this you would need to authorize it. Here are the steps on how to do it

(Important Note: You can have up to five devices authorized to your name when using this platform)

  • Step 1: Launch iTunes on your PC
  • Step 2: From the menu panel look for the "Account" option then click on it.
  • Step 3: You would be shown the available actions from the drop down, look for "Authorizations" then select "Authorize this Computer".
  • Step 4: There would be a prompt that would pop-up asking you to enter your password. Click on "Authorize" to complete the process.

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Part 3: Accessing Your iPhone File Backups in Windows 10

To locate the list of back up files available in your drive you would need to go to this location \Users\(username)\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\

Or as an alternative, you can use the search option on your PC. For Windows 10 you just need to go to the Search bar which can be found right next to the Start icon.

Once you are there put in %appdata% or if you downloaded iTunes from the MS store you would need to enter %USERPROFILE%.

When you hit enter the results should show you either "Apple" or "Apple Computer". These should lead you to all available backups on your computer.

Part 4: The FoneDog Toolkit-Windows 10 best partner to access your iPhone files

Now the thing about using iTunes on a windows based PC has been severely questioned and many iPhone users have found that it is hard to get around using with regards to creating backups for their files.

One thing that ticks off users is that if you have contents that you purchased from the Apple store that you have stored on iCloud, you won't be able to access them easily when you run the app on your Windows PC.

You have to sift through your purchases from the Store tab. There are so many differences when you use iTunes on Windows which is a drag from people who are depending on the platform to manage some if not all of their iPhone contents.

That's the good thing about having a third party app that would do such a task for you with ease. The FoneDog Toolkit has features that would allow you to keep your data safe and be able to access them readily when you need to.

The iOS Data Backup and Restore feature not only secures your files but does so much more for you. Read on to learn more about how to use it with Windows 10 to access your iPhone files.

  • Create a backup for your files and have it restored to your PC. This would allow you to store them on your computer's hard drive for easy access.

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Step 1: Connect iPhone to Computer

Using your iPhone's original USB cable connect it to your PC. Download and install the FoneDog Toolkit. Installing it is a breeze so once done launch the software and wait for your device to be detected.

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Step 2: Choose iOS Data Backup

From the main dashboard of the toolkit go to "iOS Data Backup and Restore" then click on "iOS Data Backup" and click on next to continue.

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Step 3: Select Backup Mode

On the next page you will be pleased to find another awesome feature of the FoneDog Toolkit-iOS Data Backup and Restore.

You will be prompted that aside from creating a "standard backup" you can also choose to create an "encrypted backup" which is something quite useful to you if you have sensitive information that you would like to protect from prying eyes.

So meaning even if you have it stored on your PC it won't be easily accessed without knowing the passcode set up for it. Proceed to click on "Start" after you have made your selection for the backup mode.

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Step 4: Choose Data Type

After clicking on "Start" the toolkit will proceed to show you the available files from your iPhone that can be backed up. These are categorized based on the type of data i.e. Messages, Photos, Contacts.

You can easily review it this way and make a selection of the ones that you would like to be able to access on your PC.

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Step 5: Start to Backup

When you click on "Next" the toolkit will begin the scan of the files you have selected all you have to do now is wait.

When it is done you will be given a prompt and you will see the details of the backup that was created (name and size are displayed).

You will now have the choice to either add more to your backup or have it transferred to your PC or on another device.

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Step 6: Backup Complete

Now the next thing you would need to do to be able to keep a copy on your PC of the files from your iPhone is to use the "iOS Data Restore" feature of the toolkit.

You can either choose the action after you have finished the backup process by clicking on "Restore iOS Data" or go back to the main menu and look for it under the iOS Data Backup and Restore panel.

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  • Time to get those files saved on your PC

Step 1: You will be shown a list of available backup files created by the toolkit which is arranged by date (most recent shown first). Choose which one you need then click on "View Now".

Access iPhone Files on Windows 10 FoneDog Restore View Now

Step 2: The toolkit will begin the scan of the contents. There's a progress bar showing on the screen so you can monitor how the scan is doing and you also have the option to either pause or stop it.

Access iPhone Files on Windows 10 FoneDog Scanning Backup

Step 3: When the scan has completed you will be given a more detailed preview of the contents of the backup file to make sure you check it before having it transferred.

It will give you the chance to further filter which ones you would like to keep on your PC. In this part of the process, you already have access to your iPhone files. Just click on "Restore to PC" when you're ready to proceed.

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With the way Windows 10 was developed it is now actually packed with features that would work with people who have iPhones or other iDevices.

There's been a debate if it's really convenient and easy to integrate iOS with windows but no matter what bumps there are with the process it is still useful in managing stuff you would like linked to your windows PC.

There are apps on Windows 10 for music, messaging and even document sharing that can be used for both Android and iOS devices.

One thing that the FoneDog toolkit does and which always make it easy for iOS users is keeping files readily accessible and secure. You never know when you might have the need for such features.

People are always in search of something that would make things a whole lot more convenient in terms of managing data from their iPhones. With the FoneDog Toolkit-iOS Data Backup and Restore you have that and more. So what are you waiting for, download it today!

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Nathan E. Malpass

iPhone/Android Devices’ Maintenance Expert

Staying home, listening to music, writing tech articles

Many people asked me to repair their mobile phones so I have a lot of experience in mobile phone repair, and I know a lot about Android or Apple phones.

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