- File Browsing
- Schedule automatic backups
- How does iMazing work?
- Learn iMazing Mini’s interface
- iMazing построен для работы с файлами на iPhone-iPad
- Newsletter Policy
- 2.8 Organizations
- 2.1 Overview
- Purposes of data processing
- 1.3 What is iMazing Configurator?
- What are iMazing Backups?
- 2.6 Profiles
- 2.5 Apps
- 3.1 Device Options
- 1.2 Quick Start
- 1.4 Differences with Apple Configurator
- What is a backup?
- Menu Bar
The Apps, Camera, Photos and File System views share common features and actions that allow you to browse your files and copy them between your computer and your device:
5.1. — change your view to icons, list or columns.
5.2. — navigate to a different folder.
5.3. — select files or folder.
5.4. — interact with your selection.
5.1. Browser Views
Click one of the view buttons to change the view in the browsing area.
Windows Browser Views
|View objects as large icons.|
|View objects as tiles.|
|View objects as icons.|
|View objects as a list.|
|View objects’ details.|
From the List (Mac) or Details (Win) view, you can sort your files by Name, Date Modified, Date Created, Size or Kind.
To sort your files, simply click one of the column headers.
Click this button to view or change the path in the browsing area.
5.3. Browsing Area
Where iMazing displays all files and folders in the selected view. This is where you can make your selection.
You can also drag and drop files to and from views that allow File Browsing.
5.4. Bottom Toolbar
Access all available action for your selection from the bottom toolbar.
Actions are contextual: depending on your view, some might be disabled (grayed out).
|Copy to Mac/PC||Copy files from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod to your computer.|
|Copy to Device||Copy files from your computer to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod.|
|Delete||Delete the selected files from your device.|
|New Folder||Create a new folder at the current path.|
|New Shortcut||Create a new iMazing shortcut.|
|Get Info||Get information on the selected file or folder.|
|Options||Access options for the current view.|
Schedule automatic backups
When you first connect your device to your computer, you’ll be prompted to select your backup options. These options are set per device.
To ensure an optimal backup experience, make sure to greenlight () all available options.
Select Automatic Backups to schedule your device’s automatic backups:
- Choose your backups’ frequency.
- Set a timeframe for your preferred backup time.
- Prevent backups from running if your battery is running low.
By default, iMazing Mini will back up your devices daily via Wi-Fi, and will keep one month of backups. Everything is customizable and well labelled: snoop around and don’t hesitate to adjust default settings for a truly personalized backup experience!
How does iMazing work?
Under the hood, iMazing uses many different technologies to connect to your mobile devices and grant you access to your data. A few key concepts:
- iMazing does not store any of your data online. The data you access and export is stored locally on your computer, in total respect of your privacy.
- Photos, Videos, Music, Books, Voice Memos and public Application files can be accessed directly. Other types of data like Messages or Call History will be pulled from a backup of your device.
- iMazing handles this for you — a backup will automatically be triggered when you access a type of data which requires it.
A backup is a snapshot of the current state of your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. When you backup your device, you save its current state.
On your computer, backups are a large collection of files, the names of which are scrambled. That’s where iMazing works its magic.
iMazing reads through the thousands of files that make up your backup, and displays its contents in a simple and transparent graphical interface.
For more information, see Manage your backups with iMazing.
iMazing vs iTunes
There are many differences between iTunes and iMazing, but there are two key concepts to understanding how they differ:
Multiple Backups vs Single backup
iTunes keeps only one backup per device, resulting in potential data loss: back up your phone in iTunes after deleting some conversations, and the new backup will overwrite the previous one. The deleted conversations are lost.
In contrast, iMazing keeps multiple backups of each device so you can safely backup and access data that is no longer on your device.
Sync vs Transfer
iTunes can be set up to automatically sync your data between your iTunes Library and your device(s), so that the data on your computer matches what’s on your device. This can sometimes lead to data loss if you, for example, try to sync your device with a new computer.
With iMazing, you manually decide what you want to add to each device. This is by design, so you have the utmost control over your data.
Learn iMazing Mini’s interface
iMazing Mini is menu bar app. To open it, click the iMazing icon in your computer’s menu bar.
The Device List displays all devices connected with your computer, or for which you already have a recent iMazing backup.
The Device List shows you the date of the last backup, the device’s disk usage breakdown, and its connection status.
|Date and time of last backup.|
|Monitor your .|
|Connection status: USB, Wi-Fi or Sleep.|
|Access additional features, such as your device and checking its warranty.|
|Access , check for updates, send us feedback,…|
In the Device List, click on your device to open the Backup List.
The following actions are available from the Backup List:
|Restore the selected backup|
|Browse your backup’s contents in iMazing.If you don’t already have iMazing, you’ll have the option to install it now. Browsing backups in iMazing is 100% free!|
|Back up your device.|
|Monitor your device’s battery’s health.|
|Access device and backup options.|
|Return to the device list.|
|Access advanced device info|
iMazing построен для работы с файлами на iPhone-iPad
Несмотря на то, что у iMazing обширный список возможностей и особенностей, я называю это решения узкоспециализированным. А все потому, что все его функции предназначены конкретно для работы с данными на iPhone и других мобильных устройствах.
Перенос данных. С помощью приложения можно без проблем копировать информацию со старого iPhone на новый. Для этого нужно подключить к Mac два устройства одновременно, выбрать необходимые данные и запустить процесс.
Резервные копии. Сохранение личных данных на компьютере или внешнем носителе на всякий случай. В отличие от iTunes, эта программа не перезаписывает резервных копии, а сохраняет каждый раз новый архив с данными. Это удобно.
Музыка. Свободное перемещение аудиозаписей и других мультимедийных файлов между мобильным устройством и настольным компьютером. Для Apple Music это неактуально, но староверы определенно окажутся довольны.
Фотографии. iMazing — один из самых простых способов перенести фотографии и видеозаписи из мобильного устройства на компьютер и обратно. С помощью этого приложения сделать это можно максимально просто и быстро.
Книги. Простой импорт книг в формате ePub или PDF в приложение iBooks и обратный экспорт.
Сообщения. Импорт и экспорт текстовых сообщений, перенос на другое устройство, сохранение вложений.
Контакты. Импорт и экспорт контактов из телефонной книги, перенос на другое устройство.
Приложения. С помощью iMazing можно полноценно работать с файлами сторонних приложений на мобильном устройстве. Программа идеально подходит для переноса фильмов и сериалов в VLC или AVPlayer, а также любых других данных.
Другие данные. Через приложение можно очень удобно работать с заметками, записями диктофона, журналом вызовов и так далее.
Файловая система. Программа поможет полноценно работать с любыми типами файлов — в том числе без проводов.
Извлечение резервных копий. Любую созданную с помощью iTunes резервную копию iPhone или другого устройства Apple с помощью этой программы можно разложить на отдельные составляющие и извлечь любую необходимую информацию.
Управление iOS. Переустановка и обновление операционной системы, диагностика, другие особенности и возможности.
Обратите внимание, для полноценной работы с файлами через iMazing не нужны установленные iTunes и iCloud. Программе не требуется Jailbreak операционной системы iOS или какие-либо другие дополнительные манипуляции
The Devices tab contains settings related to device connection behaviours and pairing.
Prevent iTunes from automatically backing up devices
iTunes often automatically backs up your device when syncing. When this is option is ticked, iTunes will not back up your device before a sync.
Automatically enable Wi-Fi
True by default. Disable this option if you do not want iMazing to automatically enable Wi-Fi connection with newly connected devices.
Ignore Wi-Fi connections
Enable this option to prevent iMazing from reacting to devices which connect via Wi-Fi. Can be useful if you are managing a large number of devices and need to focus on just a few USB connected ones.
Remove All Pairing Records
Deletes the pairing records of all devices from which you trusted your computer. All devices will have to be trusted again.
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What is an ‘Organization’?
In the context of mobile device management, an organization is a digital certificate (the Supervision Identity) associated with metadata about the organization (name, department, address…). The certificate is used to supervise Apple mobile devices and establish a privileged link between iOS/iPadOS devices and their supervising hosts. iMazing follows industry standards in securing the handling of certificates:
- Securely stored in the macOS Keychain
- Unencrypted certificates never written to physical storage
- Exported to standard password protected PKCS12 format () or (compatible with Apple Configurator 2)
If you are not familiar with supervision, please refer to
Creating an Organization
Click the ‘+’ button to create a new organization. Only an organization name is required, the other fields are optional. By default, iMazing will generate a new supervision identity and store it in the Keychain.
Importing an Existing Organization or Identity
Click the ‘⌄’ button and choose Import .organization File to import an organization exported from Apple Configurator 2 or iMazing Configurator.
If you need to add an organization to iMazing with an existing supervision identity (certificate), click the ‘+’ button and use the Supervision Identity drop down to choose a certificate in PKCS12 format ( or ) to associate with that organization, as illustrated in the following screenshot:
Exporting an Organization or Identity
Click the ⌄ button and choose Export to .organization File to export the organization, including its supervision identity, as an Apple Configurator compatible file.
Click the ⌄ button and choose Export Supervision Identity to .p12 File to export the organization’s certificate only.
In both cases, you’ll be prompted for a password to protect the exported PKCS12 certificate.
A few features useful for sys admins can be found outside of the iMazing Configurator window, in the ‘vanilla’ iMazing window. These features are available without an iMazing Configurator Edition license.
The library view is the hub of iMazing Configurator. It can be accessed via the Configurator menu:
It is divided in 7 sections:
- is where you create, edit and apply blueprints. In iMazing Configurator, supervision and configuration of iOS devices is always done by applying a blueprint.
- lists all iOS devices known to iMazing. Via this view, you can quickly unpair and remove devices from iMazing, or perform simple tasks on bulks of devices: export device details to CSV, perform backups, update iOS/iPadOS.
- displays all backups from available backup locations. Use this view to delete unneeded backups, or to find a specific backup and browse its contents and restore it.
- lets you download apps from your Apple ID or VPP account, manage a local app library, install apps to connected devices and manage Volume Purchase license assignments.
- is where you’ll add or create configuration profiles which you can then include in blueprints or deploy directly.
- lists MDM servers you’ve configured in iMazing to streamline MDM enrollment.
- is where you’ll create, import or export supervising identities.
Location and persistence
By default, apps, blueprints and profiles are stored in .
This location can be changed from iMazing’s Preferences window.
Organizations and devices are always located in
Because organizations and devices are treated as preferences, resetting iMazing to factory settings will remove them from iMazing Configurator’s library. Organization certificates (i.e. supervising identities) are stored in the keychain and will persist a reset to factory settings.
Purposes of data processing
We only collect personal data for our customers’ services. This is why we collect personal data if and only if you purchase an iMazing license, open a support ticket, or actively subscribe to our newsletter.
For the needs of all current and prospective customers, we may use your data in a fully anonymised manner for product development prospects, internal statistics relevant to the satisfaction of our customers (such as general trends or preferences) or general improvements of our products and services or other business-relevant data traffic information. See article 6 on more information.
1.3 What is iMazing Configurator?
iMazing Configurator is a set of tools designed to help sys admins configure and provision Apple mobile devices locally, as well as automate backup/erase/update tasks. It was developed in response to growing requests from our enterprise customers for a solution that could handle preparing and configuring both company and BYOD iOS devices whilst being mindful of the data they may contain.
iMazing Configurator is packaged within the macOS version of our iOS data management app iMazing. There is no separate download – the feature is unlocked via activation of iMazing with an iMazing Configurator Edition license code.
What are iMazing Backups?
The device ‘decides’ itself what is backed up and what isn’t (well, Apple does via iOS). iMazing cannot control the backup process itself, but it brings several key enhancements to the table:
- The ability to browse backups, extract data from them, and edit them
- Automatic Backup archiving (described below)
- Disk Usage break down of each backup
- Control over what data and which apps are restored when restoring a backup
iTunes maintains only one backup per device. Every time you back up your device, your last backup is overwritten, potentially resulting in data loss.
iMazing 2 archives your backups automatically, a unique solution that is comparable to Time Machine, but for your iOS device.
How does it work?
iMazing makes a ‘shallow’ copy of your current backups, so that the next time you backup, you still have access to your previous backup, and only the files which have changed take up disk space.
How much space will I save?
Precise numbers depends on the frequency of backups and on how much new data you generate. But, on average you’ll be able to keep dozens of backups for about twice the disk space of a normal backup.
For more information, see Backup Options in iMazing.
In the Profiles tab, you’ll find configuration profiles () and provisioning profiles () stored in iMazing Configurator’s library, default path:
Creating and Editing Configuration Profiles
Click the + button to create a new profile, and double click an existing profile to edit it. In both cases, iMazing will launch iMazing Profile Editor, a separate app packaged with iMazing which offers advanced configuration profile editing tools. For more on our profile editor, see
Getting Started with iMazing Profile Editor.
Importing and Exporting Profiles
Drag profiles to the library to import them, or drag items out of the library to export. Importing a profile copies it to iMazing’s Library folder.
Select the profiles you wish to install, and click the Install button at the bottom left of the window. iMazing will display the Operation Dispatcher View, allowing you to select target devices on which to install the profiles.
Profiles in Blueprints
Configuration profiles are a vital part of blueprints. Please refer to the Profiles section of our article for more information.
When you first click on the Apps tab, iMazing will prompt you for Apple ID or Volume Purchase account credentials. These will not be uploaded or shared in any way, and will be securely stored in the keychain if you check the Remember password checkbox – read our Security & Privacy statement for more info.
Once you are signed in, iMazing will load a list of apps which you can download locally or install to connected devices.
Apple ID or Volume Purchase Account (VPP)
iMazing Configurator’s app library will adjust to the type of account you’re signed in with and display appropriate options. There are also some differences in how apps are loaded and acquired.
If you sign in with a regular Apple ID, iMazing cannot list apps directly from your App Store account. It will list apps it has detected on devices you’ve connected to iMazing, and will display an Add from App Store button which lets you add apps to your library manually. Only apps which you’ve already acquired (including free apps) can be added.
If you sign in with an Apple Business Manager or Apple School Manager account, iMazing will list all apps you’ve purchased with that Volume Purchase account (free apps need to be ‘purchased’ too). A column labelled Assigned will list assigned versus purchased license counts, and the Manage Licenses button will replace the Add from App Store one. Here is the license management sheet:
Just like Apple Configurator, iMazing Configurator lets you manage device based license assignments but not user based license assignments. Serial numbers are used to assign a license to known devices.
‘Volume Purchase Account Already in Use’ Warning
When iMazing loads apps from your Volume Purchase account, it may display the following warning:
This occurs if you are already managing assignments of volume purchased apps or books with your MDM solution. In that case, iMazing will not take ownership of your account so as not to interfere with your current MDM solution, and license management will be performed on behalf of your MDM. You may need to refresh the apps view in your MDM for it to properly reflect license assignments performed by iMazing. Jamf Now, for example, features a Sync button to that effect.
Automatic License Assignments
If you are signed in to a Volume Purchase account, iMazing will automatically try to assign licenses when you install apps, and unassign them upon uninstallation. An error will occur if no more licenses are available.
Apps in Blueprints
Blueprints can be configured to install apps, add files to them, and set their configuration. Blueprints also can be configured to put the device in Single App Mode and whitelist or blacklist apps.
Managing Downloads and Updates
Maintaining a local library of apps with iMazing is already extensively covered in the following guide: Manage and Download Apps Without iTunes
It describes iMazing’s Manage Apps window, which displays the app library within the context of a specific device.
3.1 Device Options
You can configure a wealth of options, per device, by selecting a device in the sidebar and clicking the cogwheel icon:
Available options range from automatic backup and encryption to low battery notifications. They are described in detail in the following guide: Device Options in iMazing
The Device Settings panel is of particular interest in the context of iOS device management: from there, you can change the name, language and accessibility options of any device. For supervised devices, this panel becomes populated with additional options:
- Wallpapers can be set by drag and dropping images or clicking Choose Image.
- A Passcode Unlock Token can be retrieved from the device (if no passcode is set), and used later to clear its passcode.
- The Screen Time Passcode (previously Restrictions Passcode) can be removed.
- The device can be put in Single App Mode, or can be instructed to Exit Single App Mode (if iMazing is responsible for having put it in that mode in the first place).
1.2 Quick Start
If you’re just getting started with iOS device management, the following article provides a general overview of key concepts and technologies: Understanding Supervision, MDM, DEP and VPP.
You’re already experienced with iOS device management, or prefer to jump-in straight away and learn on the fly? Our iMazing Configurator: Quick Start Guide covers the bare essentials to get you going immediately. You can also watch the video below which covers the entire workflow, from scratch to deploying a blueprint to supervise devices, provision them with a PDF reader, add a PDF document and launch the app in Single App Mode:
1.4 Differences with Apple Configurator
iMazing Configurator uses the same communication channels as Apple Configurator and relies on the same iOS technologies, but offers completely different workflows and quite a few additional features.
- Configurations and automations in iMazing are always applied via blueprints, not directly.
- Blueprints are divided into sections, giving you a clear view of available options.
- Inline editing tools and integration with iMazing Profile Editor enable quick iterations when testing new configurations.
- Apply blueprints to bulks of iOS devices simultaneously.
- Add files to blueprints, and choose the app they should go to, including system apps.
- Override app defaults with the Set Configuration feature. Populate the Library folder of apps.
- Handle devices which already have data without erasing them.
- Manage a local repository of apps downloaded from the App Store.
- Handy pre-configuration and post-configuration automations include a battery health check, a launch app action and more.
- Share or save blueprints thanks to our AES-256 encrypted format.
- Supervise and configure devices on Windows (see below for details)
- Speed-up MDM enrollment thanks to a Zero-touch enrollment mode.
- Backups of the same device are versioned by default to guard against data loss.
What is a backup?
A backup is a snapshot of the current state of your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
Apple restricts direct access to the data stored on your iPhone, iPad or iPod. This is meant as a safeguard to protect your privacy. Because of this, quite a bit of your data can only be accessed via a backup, not directly from the device itself. In short, backups keep your data safe on your computer, and let you access data which isn’t directly available when you connect your iPhone or iPad to your computer.
Backing up an Apple iOS device is not equivalent to copying your files. Apple’s iOS backup format is ‘flattened’: each file is assigned an ID which will be used as a a file name on the computer, and all files go to the same backup folder. The files do not have human friendly filenames, or file extensions. In short, it’s impossible to know what a file is by looking at it’s name.
This is where tools like iMazing are needed. iMazing creates a virtual reconstruction of your backup. From there, you can easily preview the files, or extract them to your computer.
In addition to the traditional File, Edit, and Help menus, the menu bar gives you access to iMazing’s Preferences and to License Management options.
4.1. iMazing Preferences
General, Backup, Language settings and more can be accessed from iMazing’s Preferences Window.
- Mac: iMazing > Preferences…
- PC: Edit > Preferences…
Starting with iMazing 2.11, the Tools menu provides shortcuts to launch smaller utilities packaged with iMazing:
- iMazing Mini is iMazing’s menu bar companion app which performs automatic backups. Getting Started with iMazing Mini
- iMazing HEIC Converter is a small utility which converts images in High Efficiency Image Format to JPEG or PNG. How to Convert HEIC to JPEG
- iMazing Profile Editor is a fully fledged Apple configuration profile editor, useful for system administrators. Getting Started with iMazing Profile Editor
- Activate iMazing.
- Deactivate an activated copy of iMazing to free up an activation slot.
- Retrieve your iMazing activation code if you’ve already acquired a licence.
The Help menu feature shortcuts to our Support Center, and social media pages, as well as options to send us feedback or bug reports.
4.5. Configurator (macOS only)
From this menu, you can access iMazing Configurator, a suite of tools designed to help sys admins efficiently manage and provision bulks of iOS devices.
Simply click the Hide this menu item of the Configurator menu to permanently remove it from the menu bar. You’ll find a toggle in the Preferences window letting you reactivate it if needed.