iMazing

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iMazing
IMazing Logo.png
Developer(s) DigiDNA
Initial release DiskAid (2008)
Stable release
iMazing 2.5.6 / 5 August 2018; 10 days ago (2018-08-05)
Operating system Mac OS 10.8 or higher. Windows 7 or higher.
Platform macOS, Windows
Size 95 MB
Available in 11 languages
List of languages
English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean
Type Software manager
Alexa rank Increase42,415 (November 2017)[1]
Website imazing.com

iMazing is a proprietary software developed by DigiDNA, allowing users to manage their iOS devices, transfer files, sync contents and back up data. The device management utility is designed as an alternative to iTunes and Apple Configurator, for use with Apple's iPhone, iPad and iPod, and is available for Mac and Windows PC.

History[edit]

The software was first released in 2008 as DiskAid, a free Mac and Windows-compatible application enabling iPhone and iPod Touch owners to use those devices as an external hard drive to transfer files and applications to and from the devices.[2][3][4] It was created by DigiDNA, a software developer based in Geneva, Switzerland,[5] with the intention to enable users to move files from an iPod to a PC, since iTunes only enabled users to move files from the PC to the iPod, and not vice versa.[5]

DiskAid was rebranded as iMazing with the release of version 1.0 on September 18, 2014.[6][7] Version 2.0 was released on September 13, 2016.[8]

Description[edit]

iMazing[edit]

The software allows users to backup and restore data on an iPhone, iPad or iPod, in a more flexible manner than going through iCloud or iTunes.[4][9] It also enables the user to add data from an old device to a new device, and to use the device as an external hard drive. It has a device-to-device transfer feature for those who want an exact copy of their iOS device.[4] The software has an advanced backup option similar to Mac's Time Machine, where iOS devices are automatically backed up via Wi-Fi. Backups are kept for at least a month and can be encrypted. It also allows users to archive voicemails, archive or print text messages, and to transfer music, podcasts, audiobooks, TV shows and other media from an iOS device to a PC, which cannot be done through iTunes.[10] It manages apps, photos, music, videos, notes, call logs and voice memos, and has the ability to transfer eBooks and PDFs to iBooks. Photos can be transferred to a PC via drag-and-drop.[9] Some data types such as messages, call history, voicemail, contacts and notes can only be accessed from a backup, as opposed to from the device itself.[9] Users can copy content between two iOS devices, by connecting the devices wirelessly or via USB.[9][11] The software also monitors battery performance,[8] and has an app management feature.[12]

iMazing Mini[edit]

In June 2017, DigiDNA released a beta version of iMazing Mini, a free iOS app that serves a similar function as Time Machine, but for iPhones. It takes "snapshots" of devices, making incremental backups that can be accessed at any time, for backing up and restoring.[13] Backups can be done over USB or WiFi, and are encrypted and incremental, to take up less space. The app also provides an analysis about the device's battery.[14][15]

Reviews[edit]

Macworld described iMazing as "iTunes without media purchasing or playback, but a whole lot more versatile," adding that "when it comes to managing iOS devices and transferring media files, it doesn’t get much better than iMazing 2."[9] Mac Observer called the software "intuitive and easy to use."[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "imazing.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2017-11-14. 
  2. ^ Tamar Weinberg, "DiskAid Transfers Files Between Your Computer and iPhone," Lifehacker, June 18, 2008.
  3. ^ Dan Frakes, "DiskAid 1.5," PC World, October 28, 2008.
  4. ^ a b c Rob LeFevbre, "How to transfer all your data to your new iPhone 6 the right way," Cult of Mac, September 19, 2014.
  5. ^ a b John Martellaro, "TMO Background Mode Interview with DigiDNA Co-leader Gregorio Zanon," Mac Observer, October 2, 2017.
  6. ^ "iMazing 1.0 Released – Taking Over DiskAid," iMazing, September 18, 2014.
  7. ^ "iMazing for Mac," CNET, October 1, 2014.
  8. ^ a b "iMazing 2 Device Manager for Mac and PC Launches," Mac Sources, September 13, 2016.
  9. ^ a b c d e J.R. Bookwalter, "iMazing 2.2 review: A better way to use your Mac to manage your iPhone and iPad," Macworld, May 16, 2017.
  10. ^ a b Jeff Butts, "5 iMazing Tricks Make Syncing Your iOS Device Fun," Mac Observer, February 22, 2017.
  11. ^ Marco Tabini, "The Week in Mac Apps: Restore your iPhone hassle-free with iMazing 2," Macworld, September 29, 2016.
  12. ^ Jeff Butts, "How to Use iMazing to Manage Apps," Mac Observer, November 8, 2017.
  13. ^ Jeff Butts, "Get Time Machine on Your iPhone With iMazing Mini," Mac Observer, June 2, 2017.
  14. ^ John Voorhees, "iMazing Mini Simplifies iOS Device," MacStories, July 19, 2017.
  15. ^ Killian Bell, "Free tool makes wirelessly backing up iOS devices a breeze," Cult of Mac, June 16, 2017.

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