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When activating iMazing on my desktop, I am asked to type in my iphone's backup encryption password. I do not know what that password is. What do I do?

iPhone SE, iOS 13

Posted on Jun 16, 2020 11:37 AM

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Jun 16, 2020 12:42 PM in response to Dont_Know In response to Dont_Know

IF you don't know your encrypted iTunes backup password, then you can't use it. The software is useless.

Jun 16, 2020 12:42 PM

Jun 16, 2020 2:39 PM in response to Dont_Know In response to Dont_Know

iMazing user here. Backup encryption password is not related to itself and won't affect activation or app features.

The encryption password is required to open the existing backup on your computer (made with iTunes or iMazing). If you still have the same backup encryption password on the device best you can do is to reset it according to the Apple guide, then change backup location in iMazing to a new folder and start a fresh backup set. In this way, you'll still have the old encrypted backup and maybe you'll be able to remember the password later.

Btw why haven't you contacted their sup? I usually get replies in 2-12 hours.

Jun 16, 2020 2:39 PM

Jun 16, 2020 4:32 PM in response to Dont_Know In response to Dont_Know

You cannot open a backup without the backup encryption password. You created the password the first time you made an encrypted backup, and you entered it twice. It never changes after it is created (unless you explicitly create it), and it is never prompted for again. If you have a Mac you were given the opportunity to save the password to Keychain, so if you have a Mac check there. If you haven’t erased the phone you can create a new encryption password—>About encrypted backups on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch - Apple Support, but other than that all you can do is guess. You get unlimited guesses, so think about what you might have entered as a password whenever that first encrypted backup was made.

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Question:Q:When activating iMazing on my desktop, I am asked to type in my iphone's backup encryption password. I do not know what that password is. What do I do?


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Face ID VS Fingerprint: Which Is More Secure?

Our data is the most precious asset for us. We have to keep it safe from cybercriminals. Therefore, we must know about security apps to protect our phone and personal data. Now the question is: Face ID VS Fingerprint; Which is more secure? And which one is to be chosen?  Fingerprints are the security key Rather than most of us rely on two critical elements of our fingerprint data that only we possess and no one else. There are two main options for those who are looking for an app to secure their devices that entirely rely on Face ID. As we know, face ID has its benefits as well as drawbacks, fingerprint also owns many benefits, drawbacks you should know. The Apple iPhone has long had Touch ID. It has a fingerprint sapphire crystal sensor which unlocks the phone only if the pattern matches. This kind of match used not just the whirl of your fingerprint. It also includes the location of your skin's clear pores to ensure that it was you who was trying to access the device. However, Apple removed the home button with the iPhone X, which can open your phone with a fingerprint. Despite it, Apple offered something unique that is Face ID.  The security level of Face ID Apple demanded a sleek front phone and removed the home button that had been the base of the device since its starting. Then it offered an alternative that was more simplistic, but few argue less secure. The owners of the mobile point at camera, face, and unlock their smartphones rather than using a fingerprint. Furthermore, it is designed to be a friction-free process. However, this one is considered less secure. Research has proven that it is possible for strangers who have similar facial features got success in gaining access to your phone. The reason is simple because the technology works on a lower resolution.  Unlike fingerprints, facial features are not at all unique.  Researchers somehow managed to use social media pictures to spoof facial recognition security. It was done even before Face ID was released. This process is more straightforward than creating fake fingerprints. However, face recognition is considered to be better than no protection at all, but it is not relatively more secure than Touch ID. Reliability It is improbable to have as catastrophic consequences as many fears. Most accidental unlockings are likely to happen between family members instead of a criminal managing to obtain access. Therefore, the reality is that facial recognition is less reliable than fingerprints for gaining access to phones and devices.  On the other hand, fingerprints have also proven to be get hacked. The fingerprint is strong enough to protect users from ordinary or opportunistic attackers which is substantially better than nothing. Moreover, if you are after quick and easy access to your phone as well as happy to trade off some security for that, then, in this case, relying on Face ID is a good alternative. However, you have to be just careful while storing vital information on your phone, which anyone could access. Authentic Security System Both Face ID, as well as fingerprint, is secured as declared by Apple. However, for the most part, that is true too. It is sporadic that a random person could unlock your phone. However, that is not the only type of attack to worry about it. While using different biometric authentication methods; Face ID and Touch ID are very similar in functioning.  When you try to log in to your iPhone either by pointing your face at the camera on the front, or you put your finger on the touch sensor, the phone immediately compares the biometric data. It reaches and detects the data that is saved in the Secure Enclave. Furthermore, there is also available a separate processor that's entire purpose is to keep your phone safe and secure. Your iPhone unlocks if the face or fingerprint matches. If not, the message will be prompted to enter your passcode. Nothing Protects You from the Government Agencies Nevertheless, any security app can ever truly protect you from a determined government agency with virtually unlimited resources who want to get access to your phone. Not only can they legally bound you for using Touch ID or Face ID to unlock your phone, but they also have access to tools like the GreyKey. Greeley can crack any iOS device passcode that will make fingerprint and Face ID useless for you. Fingerprint and Face ID are incredibly convenient, and if they are backed up with a strong passcode, then it is secure for daily use by everyone. However, they might not protect you for long if you are the target of a determined hacker or government agency.  Conclusion Both fingerprint and face ID is secure, but the fingerprint is more secure as compare to face ID. Anyone who has the same facial features as you can get access to your phone if you are using FaceID. Fingerprint ID is said to be unique as compare to FaceID.

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GENEVA, Nov. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- DigiDNA is proud to announce the release of iMazing 2.13 for Windows. This update introduces a brand new way of transferring and managing iPhone photos on PC. Four times faster than the Windows Photos app's iPhone export tool, much more intuitive and powerful, iMazing's Photos feature is a game-changer for the millions of iPhone owners who work with a Windows PC.

Launched in 2008, iMazing instantly became one of the most popular iOS device management apps. It allows users to create local backups, browse and print messages, transfer photos, music, books, and other files between Mac or PC and iPhone, iPad, or iPod.

This new version of iMazing makes transferring and managing iOS photos on PC faster, easier, and more convenient than ever. After connecting their iPhone or iPad and their computer via USB or Wi-Fi, the entire photo library becomes available within seconds, streamed straight from the device. The new feature enables previewing high-resolution images before actually importing them. Users can view all photo metadata, including location, detailed camera settings, number of views, and more.

Additional assets are also listed for each photo. These include original versions of edited photos, both the video and image elements of Live Photos and pre-bokeh effect versions of photos taken with iOS' Portrait Mode feature.

When used in combination with iMazing's Time Machine-like automatic iOS backups, the new Photos tool enables users to recover deleted photos, even if they've been fully removed from both the device and from iCloud. The entire Photo library of any iOS or iPadOS device can be archived, making it always browsable in high resolution at blazingly fast speeds.

Browsing & Filtering:

* Three different views: Moments, Grid, and List

* Browse by media type, album, or smart album

* All available metadata displayed

* Full-screen mode

* Open location in Google Maps (double-click the map)

* Date filters, text search, sort by any field

Export Options:

* Include pre-portrait effect versions of Portrait mode photos

* Include all frames of bursts

* Include originals of edited items

* Include video component of Live Photos

* HEIC to JPEG conversion, adjustable quality

Delete Options:

* Bulk delete photos from the Camera Roll (not available if iCloud Photo Library is enabled)

* Remove photos or entire albums from synced albums

Backup Options:

* Browse and recover from any iMazing backup snapshot

* Browse and recover from iTunes backups

* Encrypted backups are fully supported if the backup password is known

System Requirements:

* Windows 7 or higher

* Compatible with macOS 10.15 Big Sur

* macOS version requires 10.10 or higher

* iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

* Supports all iOS versions

* 123 MB


iMazing 2.13 for PC is free to download and is available worldwide exclusively through the iMazing website. Browsing photos and data is entirely free. Premium features require the purchase of a license, available on starting from $44.99 USD including tax.The 2.13 update is free for all iMazing 2 license owners.

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iMazing questions...

Thanks everyone for your feedback...

I didn't really have to restore my iPhone, manually restoring the data was an option, but did it anyway. One of the reasons was testing the restore feature; I am a firm believer that the backup need to be restored to determine, if it is working.

The fact that at the startup the PIN had to be entered twice and iOS didn't remember my Apple ID seems to indicate to me, that the 'Erase target devices' option is really a reset for the iPhone. Had I've known what it does, I would have reinstalled iOS first. The "Do not disturb while driving" activation automatically still does not work on my iPhone.

Yes, all of my backups are encrypted, regardless of the platform; iMazing backup was no exception. I actually asked support about encrypting the backup 2-3 month ego, prior to purchasing the licenses. They informed me, that in order to backup email account configurations, encrypted backup is required. All six email accounts had been restored during the restore process, that worked just fine. So did restoring my texts, pictures, call history, contacts, browsers history, settings and wallpapers.

Maybe it was my misunderstanding, but... If the app backs up your data, shouldn't that include the Apple ID? Maybe not the ID password and the fingerprint for security/privacy reason, but not even the Apple ID? It's just a fricken email address. Coming from the Linux and Windows world, where image backup is the king, I expected more from the iMazing.

I don't use iCloud for my data with Apple; my Apple ID is logged in to the iPhone for getting a handful of apps and for the Wallet app. All five of the apps downloaded and installed, once my Apple ID logged in to the iPhone.

Yes, support did response, but their advice on issues is iffy at best, quote from support:

Wiping the device does not affect iOS, only the user data on the device (which will be wiped anyway during backup restoration).

Click to expand...

That's not true, wiping erases pretty much everything, except the iOS. Restore on the other hand only erases data and will not remove the Apple ID, fingerprints, etc. Support should not give bad advice to customers. Not to mention that the original issue may have not been resolved either, the restore without erasing the device had not been tested as of yet. It seems to me, that I may get a refund from iMazing.

I'll test iTunes on Windows just to see, if it is a viable option for backing up iOS.

I learned more about my iPhone during the last couple days, than during the two plus years I have it. That's a positive for sure, even if I forget all of it couple of month later...;D



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How to recover a lost iPhone backup password — 5 ways

iPhones and iPads enable users to password protect their backups, and when they choose to do this their data is secured in an encrypted backup.

What is an iPhone backup password?

An iPhone or iPad backup password — sometimes called an iTunes backup password — is set when backing up your iOS device in an encrypted format. The password is securely stored on your device, so that whenever it is called upon to produce a backup, it will generate an encrypted one.

When you choose to protect your backup, you'll need to remember your backup password to ever access that backup's contents. This password is set separately from your iPhone's passcode or your Apple ID's password. So whilst you may set the password to anything you like, resetting your Apple ID won't help you recover it.

Over the years Apple have used a few different formats for protecting their encrypted backups. The last big change was made as part of the iOS 10.2 release. iPhone Backup Extractor fully supports all versions of encrypted iTunes backups, as well as iOS backups made by any other software.

How to reset your backup password and create a new backup

If you forget your backup password but don't need access to your backup's contents, you can overwrite it with a new backup:

  1. On your iOS device, go to → → .
  2. Tap and enter your iOS passcode.
  3. Follow the steps to reset your settings. This won't affect your user data or passwords, but it will reset settings like display brightness, Home screen layout, and wallpaper. It also removes your encrypted backup password.
  4. Connect your device to iTunes again and create a new encrypted backup.

Be aware that this will overwrite any pre-existing iPhone backup you might have, and all data included in them.

How to recover a lost iPhone backup password

If you've lost or forgotten your iTunes backup password, there are a few techniques you can use to try to recover it.

1. Try known passwords

First, it's worth trying a bunch of passwords that you might have used. There's no penalty to trying a number of different passwords in iTunes, although each check can take a little while. There's no such thing as a default password for an iOS backup.

Perhaps you used one of the following:

  • Your iTunes, Apple ID or iPhone password
  • Your email password
  • Your computer's login password
  • Something simple like , , , , or so on.

Passwords are set on the device, not by your computer. If your device was bought or configured by somebody else, it's possible that you need to ask them for the password.

2. Check the macOS keychain

If you use a Mac and configured the iTunes backup password on that Mac, your computer may have kept a record of the password in its keychain.

You can check this by loading the "Keychain Access" app that comes with every Mac.

  1. Launch Keychain Access by opening Spotlight with + (space), typing "Keychain Access", and then hitting .
  2. Click "Passwords" in the left-hand category sidebar.
  3. Type "backup" into the search box in the top-right of the window.
  4. View the saved password entries by double-clicking on results named or .
  5. Check the "Show password" box and the password will be displayed.

Unfortunately, there's no simple equivalent of doing this for Windows users.

3. Backup to iCloud, erase the device and restore

There's also a nuclear technique for removing an iTunes backup password setting from your device. Enable iCloud backups under settings, back it up, then erase and restore it.

This process is long-winded -- especially for users with a lot of data or a slower connection -- and ideally avoided. You can see our guide to making an iCloud backup to follow this approach.

4. Brute-force the backup password

Apple provide technical details on how encrypted backups work. Simply put, modern iOS backups use , with 10,000,000 iterations. That makes checking a single password slow enough, even if it's the right password. Trying many different passwords with a tool like hashcat is a very slow process. Users can export a hash from their backup for use in hashcat with our free rictl tool with the following command:

$ rictl backup info -u 00009034-002E650A01AE001E | grep -i hash Password Hash: $itunes_backup$*10*1B79213926050E5A3ACCD9EB2FDF8F43FAFD1E5F57CA51E5950D4AF6FED663D3FD7E183923F605F6*10000*5FC56B80AA8D8A79B78C9F4CD5CEEFB4C213D495*10000000*565B837B6E69B7F4786114E3835971AE0E2E5979

Assuming the password had 8 digits, limited to only upper or lower-case English letters or numbers — and no punctuation symbols — there would be 218,340,105,584,896 (628) possible combinations.

Using a $1,300 GeForce 1080 Ti GPU, it would be possible to try around 100 passwords per second, which would mean it would be possible to break that password in around 69,000 years. That's substantially before the heat death of the universe, but it's still a long way away. The process could be sped up with a machine with 4x $5,000 Nvidia K80 GPUs, but even with a 10x improvement it would still take around ten thousand years, and the electricity consumption would be enormous.

Earlier versions of iOS created backups with much weaker encryption, as below:

VersionGuesses per secondSimple 8-digit password recovery time
iOS 10.2 or above10069,000 years
iOS 10.0 - 10.16,000,000421 days
iOS 4 - 9150,00046 years

Thus, from a practical perspective, it can be possible to recover a password if one has a general idea about its form, such that a few hundred or thousand guesses would find it.

How to speed up password recovery with an ASIC or quantum computer

You might ask, what about quantum computers, or dedicated hardware? Let's take a look.

You might be curious about working with a university with access to quantum computing resources. Whilst there are quite a few click-bait articles out there on the amazing powers of the technology, it doesn't make cracking strong encryption much easier.

There are two good resources on this: this sober paper (nicely summarised by The Register: "Grover's algorithm would need about 1032 years to crack SHA-256"). Then there's this, less sober article, which suggests that even if one were to build a Dyson sphere and capture all of the energy radiated by the sun it might still be hard. 🤷‍♂️

There's another approach that might be faster than general quantum, and that's using an ASIC. This is essentially a custom piece of hardware that is designed specifically for the encryption algorithm one wants to break. Whilst it sounds like everything either uses SHA-1 or SHA-256, the reality is that the parameters used with the encryption matter, which from a practical perspective means you'd need to get one made for the iPhone backup algorithm, rather than being able to use a generalised device. In this case, an iPhone backup uses 10,000,000 iterations of SHA-256. You could probably get a good ASIC built for under $100k, but how much faster it'd be is hard to say. Even if it were 10,000 times faster (it wouldn't be!) it would still be too slow.

The problem ultimately is that even if recovery is worth $250k, the cost of nailing a decent password is substantially greater. Few people have the appetite for the equivalent of a mortgage on an attempt with at best a fraction of percent chance of success in their lifetime.

Given how brutal the brute force probabilities are, that points to using a structured process to recover or trigger memories of a lost password. If the value of recovery is great enough, we'd recommend a process like this:

Freezing all your data to prevent accidental overwrites, deletions or modifications

  • Buy new hard-disks for your computers, then pull out every disk and USB stick out of every device you own (computers, laptops, Time Machine devices) and quarantine them
  • Replace your mobile devices with new ones and quarantine your current devices
  • Dump and archive every online storage system you use (eg. Google Drive, Dropbox, iCloud Drive)

Triggering memory responses

  • Look back at photos from the time, visualising the equipment and environment you had
  • Use iPhone Backup Extractor to examine your messages histories from the time to see who you were talking to at the time and what you were was talking about

Intensively search for potential password variants

  • Dump all macOS, iOS and Google keychain passwords and feed them into a password list
  • Dump all passwords from your password managers and feed them into a password list
  • Scan all of the archived disks and USB sticks for any form of file that could have been a password archive or a message, photo or note entry that might be a memory trigger
  • Run a painstaking sector-by-sector testdisk scan on your disks and device images for deleted data

5. If in doubt: reach out

Our support team are able to help customers with recovery of lost passwords in some cases. Please do reach out to us using the support details below.

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iMazing Review

4.5 out of 5
Lots of awesome features to transfer and backup iOS data
4 out of 5
Single license starting from $35.99 USD per PC or Mac
ease of use
5 out of 5
Extremely easy to use with sleek interface
5 out of 5
Quick email reply, comprehensive guides

Quick Summary

When I heard about iMazing for the first time, I couldn’t help but relate the app name to the word “Amazing”. After testing the app for a few days with my iPhone 8 Plus and iPad Air on my MacBook Pro, I found it a truly amazing iPhone manager software. Simply put, iMazing is an app like iTunes, but way more powerful and convenient to use.

iMazing enables you to quickly transfer data between your iOS devices, move files between your iPhone/iPad and your computer, make smarter backups, only restore backup items you want instead of the whole thing, extract iTunes backup files so you can view the content and selectively import files, and so much more. In one sentence: With iMazing, managing your iOS device data is a breeze.

If you are an avid iPhone/iPad user, I highly recommend you get iMazing because it will be a time-saver and life-saver as well if you set automatic backup with the app. It all comes down to convenience when handling files saved on your iPhone, iPad, and personal computer. However, if you’re someone who’s used to iTunes and doesn’t mind taking a bit of extra time sorting out files on your device, iMazing won’t add much value to your life. I’d say just stick with iTunes and make sure to make regular backups.

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  • Flexible data backup and restore options
  • Quick file transfers between iOS devices and computers
  • Can directly export or print messages and call history
  • Sleek UI/UX, drag-and-drop operations

  • Couldn't backup Books data on my iPhone 8 Plus and iPad Air
  • Photos are read-only and can't be modified

Quick Navigation

// Why Trust Me
// The History of iMazing and Its Maker
// What is iMazing?
// Is iMazing Safe?
// iMazing Free vs Paid
// How to Use iMazing?
// iMazing Review: What's In It for You
// Reasons Behind My Review and Ratings
// iMazing Alternatives
// Conclusion

Why Trust Me

Hi, my name is Christine. I’m a skiing enthusiast by day (when it’s winter) and tech geek by night. I love exploring and testing all kinds of mobile apps and software that can make my life more productive. I used to write feedback about UX and usability for a friend who’s responsible for the design part of an eCommerce product.

I got my first Apple product in 2010; it was an iPod Touch. Since then, I’ve been hooked on the beauty of Apple products. Now I use an iPhone 8 Plus and iPad Air (both running iOS 11), and a 13″ early-2015 MacBook Pro (with High Sierra 10.13.2).

Since 2013, I’ve been an avid iCloud and iTunes user, and backing up iOS devices is a must-do task on my to-do list every month. This is all because of a terrible lesson learned the hard way — I lost my phone twice within two years! As you know, iCloud only offers 5GB in storage for free and I didn’t pay much attention to buying more space and backup my data in the cloud. I still remember the feeling when I lost my iPhone. The device itself didn’t upset me that much but the pictures, notes, messages, and other information I lost was painful.

In testing iMazing, I’ve tried my best to explore every feature of the app and see what it has to offer. To evaluate the quality of iMazing’s customer service, I reached out to their support team via email asking a question related to iMazing’s license. You can read more details in the “Reasons behind My Ratings” section below.

Disclaimer: DigiDNA, the maker of iMazing, has had no influence or editorial input in the content of this article. I was able to access all the features of iMazing thanks to Setapp, a Mac app subscription service that also includes the iMazing app as part of a 7-day free trial.

The History of iMazing and Its Maker

iMazing was originally called DiskAid and was developed by DigiDNA, an independent software developer incorporated in 2008 under the name of DigiDNA Sàrl in Geneva, Switzerland.

Here’s a screenshot I took while searching for DigiDNA in SOGC (Swiss Official Gazette of Commerce). Based on the preliminary research, DigiDNA is definitely a legit corporation.

It’s worth noting that in 2014, the DigiDNA team rebranded their flagship product, DiskAid, into ‘iMazing’. Again, I can’t help but think of “amazing”. 🙂 In September 2016, they released iMazing 2 with a list of new features including iOS 10 compatibility. The latest version is 2.11.1, which added macOS Catalina and iOS 13 compatibility.

What is iMazing?

iMazing is an iOS device management application that helps iOS users (like you and me who have an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch) transfer, backup, and manage files between your mobile device and your personal computer without using iTunes or iCloud.

Think of the iMazing app as iTunes without the media purchase function. It’s also much more powerful and convenient than iTunes. For example, with iMazing, you can export and print iMessages; directly transfer data from an old iOS device to a new one; extract specific data like photos, videos, notes, messages, call histories, etc. from iTunes backup files; and a whole lot more. These are features that iTunes can only dream of.

Is iMazing Safe?

On the operational level, the app is very safe to use. When deleting or erasing content, there’s always a kind notification to make sure you understand what you are doing and offer a second-step confirmation. I’d recommend you backup your iOS device with iTunes just in case.

Is iMazing a virus?

No, it isn’t. I installed and ran the app on my MacBook Pro. A scan using BitMedic Antivirus found iMazing free of any virus or adware. During installation, I didn’t receive any risk warning from Apple about the app.

iMazing Free vs Paid

Is iMazing free?

The answer is no. In my opinion, it shouldn’t be, considering the enormous efforts it took for the DigiDNA team to create the app and maintain it.

However, the app is free to download and run on your Mac or PC — as we are used to calling it, “free trial”. With iMazing, the free trial offers unlimited and automatic backups, but you’ll need to upgrade to the full version to restore files from the backups. The trial also limits data transfer between your device and your computer. Once you exceed the limit, you will need to buy a license to unlock the full version.

The iMazing activation window. Here, you can get a better sense of the difference between the free and paid versions

Now you can get the iMazing app for 20% OFF, see the coupon section below. Once you get a valid license and activate the full version of iMazing, you will have unlimited access to all its features. Additionally, you can reach out to their 7×24 customer support.

iMazing also offers upgrade discounts, and 30% educational discounts for students and professors. If you want to use the app for an enterprise-sized business, larger licenses are available for up to 300 computers. You can also contact them if there’s no plan that fits you perfectly.

NEW UPDATE: The DigiDNA team is now offering SoftwareHow readers an exclusive 20% discount for the iMazing app. Just click this link and you’ll be directed to iMazing Store, where the pricing of all licenses will be automatically cut by 20% and you could save up to $14 USD.

How to Use iMazing?

First, you need to download iMazing from the official website and install the app on your PC or Mac. Then, connect your Apple device to the computer via USB or Wi-Fi.

Note: If you’re using iMazing for the first time, you have to use a USB connection and pair your computer with the device. Once you “trust” the computer, it will then allow the computer to read the data on your device.

iMazing Review: What’s In It for You

As the app is mainly for backing up, transferring data, exporting & importing, restoring backups, I’m going to list these features by putting them into the following four sections. In each sub-section, I’ll explore what the app offers and how it can help you better manage your iOS device.

Please note: iMazing supports both PC and Mac, thus you can run it under Windows and macOS. I tested the Mac version on my MacBook Pro, and the findings below are based on that version. I haven’t tried the PC version, but I imagine the core functions are quite similar, though minor UX/UI differences will exist.

1. Backing up Your iOS Device The Smart & Quick Way

With iMazing, you can back up most file types including photos, contacts, messages, call histories, voicemail, notes, voice memos, accounts, calendars, apps data, health data, Apple Watch data, keychain, Safari bookmarks, even Preferences settings. However, iMazing Backup does not support the iTunes Media Library (Music, Movies, Podcasts, iBook, iTunes U, and Ringtones).

One thing that surprises me is that iMazing claims the app can back up Books. That feature didn’t work in my case. I tested it on my iPhone and iPad, and both showed the same error.

Here’s a warning that says Books isn’t included in backups

Backup Options: Once you connect and “trust your iOS device”, you will see a screen like this. It gives you the choice to back up your device now or later.

I clicked “later”, which brought me to the main interface of iMazing. Here you can explore its features and choose the one you need. I clicked “Back Up”. It gave me a few options I could select before proceeding.

“Automatic Backup”, for example, allows you to set how often you want the app to back up. You can also set the minimum battery level required to do so. The backup schedule can be set on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. For me, Automatic Backup is a killer feature, and I ended up setting it for monthly, from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM, when the battery is over 50%.

It’s worth noting though, that the automatic backup feature requires iMazing Mini to run. iMazing Mini is a menu bar app that backs up your iOS device automatically, wirelessly, and privately. When you open the iMazing app, iMazing Mini will automatically show up in your Mac’s menu bar. Even if you close the app, iMazing Mini will still run in the background unless you choose to close it.

Here’s how iMazing Mini looks like on my Mac.

From iMazing Mini, you can see connected devices, how they are connected (e.g. by USB or Wi-Fi). If they’re connected via Wi-Fi, your iOS device’s icon will only show up provided that the device and computer are on the same network.

There are a few other backup options available. For the sake of time and your reading experience, I’m not going to cover them one by one. Instead, I’ll briefly list what they can do for you:

Backup Encryption: An Apple security feature that protects your data. You can check out this article to learn more. You can enable Encrypt Backup for the first time when backing up your device via iTunes. It’s not the default option in iMazing; you’ll need to turn it on. After that, all future device backups will be encrypted, regardless of the software you use–including iTunes. As this was my first iPhone backup, I enabled this feature and set it up. The whole process was pretty smooth.

Backup Location: This option allows you to choose where you want to save your backups. You can choose the internal computer drive by default, or an external drive. I chose the latter. When I connected my Seagate drive to the Mac, it showed up like this in iMazing:

Backup Archiving: We all know iTunes only maintains one backup per device, meaning your last backup file will be overwritten each time you backup your iPhone or iPad. The drawback of this mechanism is obvious: potential data loss. iMazing 2 does it differently by archiving your backups automatically, a smart solution that can prevent data loss.

Wi-Fi Connection: This feature is turned on by default. When your devices and computer are connected to the same WiFi network, backup is enabled automatically, allowing your computer to browse or transfer data to your iPhone or iPad. I’d recommend you stay with the default setting if you don’t want to bring a cable every time.

When all these are set up properly, your device will be backed up once you hit the “Back Up” button. For me, it only took four minutes for the process to complete–quite amazing, right? However, there’s one thing I dislike in particular during the process. Once I clicked “Back Up”, I couldn’t go back to the main interface unless I canceled the backup process. Personally, I’m not used to this; maybe you’ll be okay with it.

2. Restore Files You Want from Backups The Flexible Way

iCloud and iTunes both allow you to restore from the last backup. But let’s face it, how many times do you need all your device’s data? That’s why we call iCloud or iTunes backups “Blind Restore” — you can’t customize the restoration, e.g. choose what type of data and which apps would be restored.

That’s where iMazing really shines, in my opinion. iMazing offers you customized data restore options. You can choose to restore the entire backup and extract all files back to your iOS device, or selectively choose the datasets or apps you’d like to restore. The best part? You can also recover a backup to several iOS devices in one go.

According to iMazing, here are the types of data that can be transferred: Photos, Contacts, Messages, Call History, Voicemail, Notes, Accounts, Keychain, Calendars, Voice Memos, Apps Data, Safari Bookmarks, and others. Please note that restore backups will erase all current data on your target iOS device.

Quick Note: iMazing also allows you to view and extract specific types of data from your iPhone or iPad backups saved on your PC or Mac, even if the iTunes backup files are encrypted (you have to know the password, though). In this sense, iMazing can be a lifesaver (a.k.a iPhone data recovery solution) if your device is damaged or lost.

3. Transfer Data from One Device to The Other The Convenient Way

This is absolutely a productivity booster for those of you who just got a new iPhone X or 8. You want to transfer all the data saved on your old device to the new phone–what do you do? iMazing is the answer. It allows you to quickly copy the content from your old iOS device to a new one. You simply choose which types of data and apps to keep and the iMazing app will take care of the rest.

Kind tip: It’s recommended that you back up your old device just in case because the process will wipe out all the data on your old device and then transfer the data you specify.

What kind of data can be transferred? Pretty much the same with the database for Backup and Restore features. iMazing offers flexible customizations so you can choose to transfer files that are worth transferring. This saves time and helps you get more free storage on your new device.

Note: The transfer process requires the latest iOS system installed on both devices. After it’s all set up, you will go to the “Confirm Transfer” stage (see above). Read that warning carefully, as once again the transfer will erase all current data on your target device. Make sure you have backed it up just in case.

4. Move Files between iOS Device and Computer The Easy Way

You know how to sync files (especially newly created media items) from your iPhone or iPad to a computer, or vice versa, right? Via iTunes or iCloud!

But how do you like the process? Probably not much! There are circumstances where you may only want to import several new photos from your PC or your iPhone or the other way around– but it ends up taking you 15 minutes. What a waste of time!

That’s why I really like this feature. You can freely transfer almost any type of data between an iPhone/iPad/iTouch and your personal computer. The best part? You don’t have to use iTunes at all.

However, I have to admit that iMazing isn’t perfect in this area (I’ll explain more below), but it’s definitely a time saver when it comes to importing or exporting files between your mobile device and computer. Below are my detailed findings:

  • Photos: Can be exported, but not imported. You’ll see this “Not Writable” warning.
  • Music & Video: Can be exported or imported from/to iTunes (or a folder of your choice). The best part is that you can move the songs from an iPad or iPhone to your PC/Mac. That’s not even possible with iTunes, but it’s easy with iMazing.
  • Messages: Can only be exported. iTunes can’t do this, either. If you want to print iMessages for a court case, for instance, this feature is very handy.
  • Call History & Voicemail: Both can be exported. Note: call history can be exported to CSV format.
  • Contacts & Books: Can be exported and imported.
  • Notes: Can only be exported and printed. PDF and text formats are available.
  • Voice Memos: Can only be exported.
  • Apps: Can be backed up, uninstalled, or added. Note: if you want to add new apps in iMazing, you can only add those apps you have installed before with your current Apple ID. Please note that all apps can be backed up and restored via iMazing, and iMazing will warn you when the app backup should not be used for important data.

Reasons Behind My Review and Ratings

Effectiveness: 4.5/5

iMazing delivers most of what it claims to offer, or I should say 99% of the features. It’s a powerful iOS device management solution that puts iTunes in shame. Don’t get me wrong, though, iTunes is very useful to many, and I still use it now and then. But the ability to freely transfer files between devices and computers makes iMazing really amazing. iMazing does offer a number of features that look similar to what iTunes/iCloud offers, but they’re actually way more powerful and convenient to use than iTunes/iCloud–and includes several killer features that no other apps do. I’d be quite happy to give this app a 5-star rating. However, given that I had a few minor unpleasant using experiences with the app, e.g. the app randomly crashed once during a backup process, I knocked it down a half star. Overall, iMazing is solid in what it has to offer.

Price: 4/5

I’m not being critical of shareware or freemium apps. My principle is as long as an app offers value to the users, I have no problem paying for it just like any other product I buy on a regular basis. iMazing offers tons of value and convenience to us iOS device users. It’s quite reasonable for the team to get paid and grow to make their app even better. Starting from a one-time fee $39.99 USD for a single license, it’s definitely a steal in terms of the value it offers. However, I want to point out that based on an email I received from the developer, I learned the DigiDNA team aren’t ready to offer a free lifetime upgrade — meaning if iMazing 3 is out, current users will still need to pay a fee to upgrade. Personally, I’m okay with that, but I think we’d appreciate it if their team would make that clear on their purchase page about the pricing, especially the hidden cost in the future.

Ease of Use: 5/5

Like CleanMyMac, the iMazing app is also an extremely intuitive app with a sleek interface and well-written instructions. Best of all, the app has so many features that it’s hard to put them together in an organized manner — but the DigiDNA team did so wonderfully well. From an average iOS and Mac user’s perspective, I have no problem navigating the app and understanding what each feature means. Frankly, it’s hard for me to find a Mac app that could beat iMazing in UX/UI.

Support: 5/5

The iMazing app is already very intuitive to use. If you have any technical questions regarding the app, the iMazing team has created lots of great tutorials and troubleshooting articles on their official site. I read quite a few and found the information comprehensive. Plus, they support 11 languages on both the app and the website. You can also contact their support team. I reached out to them via email and got a quick response (less than 24 hours), which is pretty impressive considering that we’re in a different time zone (8-hour time difference). I’m quite happy with the content of their response, so I can’t see any reason not to give them a 5-star rating. Amazing job, iMazing!

By the way, the maker of iMazing app is DigiDNA, so their support team is shown as “DigiDNA Support”

iMazing Alternatives

AnyTrans (Mac/Windows)

Like the name indicates, AnyTrans is file management software that supports not only iOS devices but Android phones/tablets too. The software is more focused on transferring & exporting/importing files, but it also allows you to copy files to and from your other devices. You can view and manage your device backup files; it even integrates with iCloud for easy management. Read our AnyTrans review here.

WALTR 2 (Mac Only)

Made by Softorino, WALTR 2 is a Mac app that can help you transfer all kinds of media files from your PC or Mac to your iOS device without using iTunes or any other third-party apps. The best part is that even if the media files aren’t compatible with your iPhone or iPad, WALTR will automatically convert them to usable formats so you can view or play them without hassle. It supports music, videos, ringtones, PDFs, ePubs, and a few more.

Syncios Manager Ultimate (Mac/Windows)

Syncios is another iOS/Android management tool. It comes in a free or ultimate version. The free version is good at transferring several kinds of files between a mobile device and a computer. It may be useful if you just want to transfer specific types of files. The ultimate version requires you to pay for activation ($34.95 for a lifetime license), and includes extra features like backup and restore. Syncios also claims it supports transferring data from device to device.

iTunes (Mac/Windows)

It’s a no-brainer to list iTunes here. You are probably using this free tool to manage your iOS devices. It’s like the software hub for all the content on your Apple devices, it serves as a media player as well. As I said, you can totally use iTunes to backup and restore your device data if needed. I’m not going to persuade you to steer away from iTunes; It’s your choice.


If you’re not a fan of iTunes or iCloud when it comes to managing your iPhone and iPad data, go with iMazing. I spent days testing the app and interacting with the DigiDNA team (who takes customer queries). Overall, I’m very impressed by what the app has to offer.

With solid data moving capabilities, a sleek user interface, and a plethora of comprehensive troubleshooting guides available on their website, it’s hard to find a better app that offers so much value. Priced at just $40 for a one-computer license and $70 for a five-computer license (a bit less if you apply the iMazing coupon), you can’t find a better deal. I’ve no problem keeping iMazing on my Mac. It will save my time, and nerves in case data disaster strikes my iPhone and iPad. And I think you should keep it on your Mac, too.

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