iTunes on the Mac is gone. Long live iTunes, one of Apple’s most maligned utilities; the little music player that grew into a Hulk-like app that nobody could master.
It took three new apps to master iTunes, and there are still features I need. My mom’s iPad mini won’t back up to iTunes, and won’t back up to the Finder in macOS Catalina. What’s wrong. Nobody knows. Got a solution? Yes.
Apple has had an iTunes, iPhone, and iPad back up problem for perhaps a decade. The only solution has been to wipe the affected device clean– thereby, losing all data not backed up to iCloud– or suffer.
Instead of complex, Apple should have made iTunes easier to use. I found a solution to my mom’s woes– except for my dad– in DearMob iPhone Manager. My mom asked, “What kind of name is that?” I said, “Memorable.” It is.
DearMob bills itself as an iPhone Manager and that it is; except for the fact it works on a Mac and does what it does for iPad, too. Just plug them into the Mac and you get five basic functions, each with a number of features.
Photos, Music, Video and Movie, Backup and Restore, and Files. Think of DearMob as a dearly beloved back up tool for iPhone and iPad, that lets you manage the backups for music, photos, contacts, our text messages, ringtones, books, even files. Leave them unencrypted or encrypted.
Backups mean restore and DearMob can do what my mom’s iPad mini and iTunes on the Mac could not do. Make a backup that can be restored with a click. What you will like are the options to back up specific components of your iPhone or iPad. If all you want to back up or restore are music files, just click. Photos? Click. It even converts photos from Apple’s almost standard HEIC format to JPG– on the fly.
Videos can be transferred and converted to MP4 with ease. It even turns ePub files into PDFs. Take a look at these basic functions:
- Backup – plug your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch into your Mac and click to backup (none of the problems like we have seen iTunes through the years)
- Restore – do a full restore or a partial restore with over a dozen different types of data files; iPhone or iPad.
- Configure – choose which files or content on your iPhone or iPad that can be backed up, which can be restored; yes, iPhone ringtones, too.
- Secure – all backups can be secured by a password.
- Convert – use checkbox options to convert photos or videos, contacts, and more to or from iPhone
- Multiple Devices – you’re not limited to a single device, either; backup content can be moved from an old iPhone or iPad backup to a new device even easier than iTunes on the Mac.
DearMob iPhone Manager comes with a few esoteric features, too, including the option to transfer and convert not only 4K video, but 8K, change screen rotation by 90-degrees, or convert odd audio formats to something more common (OGG, Flac, WMA, WMV, etc).
Don’t get me wrong. iTunes does more– it was a home for media sales; kind of a digital media mall– but DearMob does the basics of what you want– manage iPhone and iPad files, and handle backups and restores. That brings me to a few links that you must view.
First, how to backup your iPhone to your Mac. That is perhaps the most important step. When something goes wrong and you need to put the backup back to the iPhone, go to this step.
Second, restore your iPhone from the backup. Both of these are what DearMob does incredibly well, and without some of the trickiness that was normal with iTunes. There are plenty of other options, but those are the One-Two step we all need.
Holidays are around the corner and that means more photos and videos to manage, so take advantage of DearMob’s Time-Limited Offer of 50-percent off.