You may be a power iOS user looking for something in line with a traditional file browser that allows you to add, remove or explore files, folders, documents and media stored deep within iPhone or iPad apps. This guide shows how to safely go around restrictions and use CopyTrans Apps advanced file browser to access files and folders contained in iPhone apps which are not otherwise made available.
Important note concerning iOS 8.3 and later
With iOS 8.3, Apple limited access to iOS app system files and folders. This means that we had to disable the advanced iPhone file browser in CopyTrans Apps for devices running iOS 8.3 and higher.
Browse iPhone app files and folders
Using the advanced file browser in CopyTrans Apps is reserved for power users
If you are looking for a simple way to browse, add, and edit app documents on iPhone or iPad use CopyTrans Apps’ default Documents section as described in the following tutorials instead:
- How to add Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents to iPhone or iPad
- How to transfer ePUB books and PDF documents to iPad
Download the free CopyTrans Apps on your PC Download CopyTrans Apps
Install the program. If you need help installing CopyTrans Apps, please refer to this article
Run CopyTrans Apps and connect the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch with the USB cable. All the installed iPhone apps load on the left of the window
Choose the app whose file and folder contents you wish to explore
To reveal the selected app’s directory structure, click “Advanced file browser” on the right-hand side of the main window
You can now browse through the app files and folders in a similar fashion to a traditional file browser
Use the Arrow and Home buttons on top to navigate through the iPhone app file system.
Save iPhone app files of your choice to the PC by clicking on the Floppy Disk symbol or on the “Save documents” button below.
Add files and folders from the PC to the iPhone app via drag and drop.
You should put due care while operating with the CopyTrans Apps advanced file browser and must use the feature at your responsibility
Refrain from modifying files and folders with CopyTrans Apps advanced file browser without knowing what you are doing as this could render the iPhone app you are modifying unusable
Most iOS apps share analogous directory structures featuring folders such as one ending in *.app and others called “Library” and “Documents”
The *.app folder contains all the critical iOS app files. Apple has made this folder read-only. The contents of the rest of the iOS app folders are modifiable
We advise you to always keep a safe backup on your PC of the original iPhone apps: How to backup and restore iOS apps on iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch
This is how to use CopyTrans Apps advanced file browser to explore system files and folders stored in iPhone apps.
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