Transfer Files from iPhone to Computer

How to transfer data from your iPhone to your computer.

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Transfer files from iPhone to computer

iTunes is usually the first port of call if you want to transfer iPhone data to your computer. This method is ideal if you want to duplicate and store data for a restore of your current device, or even a new device. Despite its many benefits, using iTunes to backup iPhone data on your computer does not always show the raw data you need in a readable format.

However, there are several scenarios where you might need to transfer files from an iPhone to your computer in an accessible format where they can be read, edited, printed and saved. These functions aren’t available with iTunes.

This tutorial is ideal for you if you need to:

  • Transfer data from your iPhone to a computer as a readable backup
  • Transfer iPhone files such as text messages or notes to your computer in order to print them out
  • Transfer iPhone files to a new Mac or PC computer
  • Copy iPhone files to your computer to upload them through another application (such as your mail provider)

You might be wondering if and how you can transfer your iPhone data to a computer, where it can be accessed freely. Copying iPhone data to a computer is an easy and straightforward process using the Enigma Recovery software. Developed originally as an iPhone data recovery software, the program now supports Android and various storage devices. The software can recover deleted and existing data from all compatible devices, and keep a copy of your photos, videos, messages, notes and more on your laptop or computer. Read on to find out how to transfer files from iPhone to computer!

How to transfer iPhone data to a computer

Check the list for what you will need to complete this tutorial, then follow the simple steps below:

What you will need:

  • Your iPhone
  • An iPhone USB cable
  • The full Enigma Recovery software (download links above)

Step 1 – Open Enigma Recovery

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Download and install the Enigma Recovery software. Once you have opened the program select a device type you would like to retrieve data from – iOS Device.

Step 2 – Connect iPhone

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Now connect your iPhone to the computer, using a USB cable.

Step 3 – Trust

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When possible, unlock your phone and tap ‘Trust’ to trust your phone with the computer.

Step 4 – Scan

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The software should now be ready to scan. ‘Select all’ to ensure that the software retrieves all your data types. Now click ‘Start scan’ and the software will scan your phone to copy iPhone files to your computer.

Step 5 – View your data

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Once the scan has finished, the software will show you a scan report of the amount of existing and deleted data that has been collected from your iPhone. If you would like to, browse through the feature tabs to see exactly what the software has recovered from your phone.

If you have not done so already, upgrade from the free to the paid version of Enigma Recovery. The full version of the software will allow you to view all data recovered and export data to your desktop.

Step 6 – Exporting your data

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  • To export all the data from your iPhone click export within any of the feature tabs and choose the ‘Export all data’ option.
  • To export only data from a specific feature tab, for example messages, from within the messages tab tick the messages you would like to save, click ‘Export’ and choose ‘Export only selected data’.
  • To export all of one data type, for example all messages, click ‘Export’ and choose the ‘Export currently viewed data’ option.
  • To send deleted data back to your device click ‘Restore’ and follow the instructions to download the Restore app and transfer data.

All done! We hope this tutorial has helped you to transfer data from your iPhone to a computer. If you’re still not sure how to transfer data from an iPhone to a computer, please contact our Support Team who will be happy to help you, at [email protected].


We recommend that you regularly backup your device to iTunes to avoid any permanent data loss. If your iPhone goes missing or is stolen, this software will enable you to retrieve and use the data from your last iTunes backup. If you have any questions or need help we’re here for you 24/7. Please visit our support page for FAQs and contact details.

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