All iPhone and iPad users will know that a big part of using Apple devices is iTunes. This companion software is installed on a computer and used to manage and backup the device. Being shackled to this software can be very frustrating, turning many people over to Android, but there are alternatives out there.
iTools for Windows is one such alternative which gives you access to a raft of features that will help you to manage and tweak your phone without relying on iTunes, plus it’s free to download.
Tools and features for everything
To put it simply, iTools for Windows lets you manage your Apple devices in Windows. Most of what this software offers is already available on iTunes, but a lot of people find iTunes tricky to use and look for alternatives. This app is great for those people, offering a free way to tweak your device with a simpler and Apple-free user interface. The primary features of iTools are being able to manage apps (a lot quicker than trying to drag them all around on the phone screen), importing photos and viewing device storage levels. However, you can go further that than.
For example, the Ringtone maker is an excellent addition which is sadly lacking from iTunes. This lets you turn your songs into ringtones, something Android phones do for free and Apple is strangely lacking. You can also access iTunes backup data, so you won’t have to keep switching programs.
Straightforward to use
The great thing about iTools for Windows is that while the core features are the same as those offered by iTunes, they have gone some lengths towards improving on Apple’s design.
For example, when managing apps, you can see three buttons next to each app which let you check out the app info, back it up or uninstall at a single click. These little useability touches make this software more user friendly and will appeal to those tired of messing with iTunes.
It should be noted however that the app manager can be slow; this software struggles at time to access devices. This free app is very well laid out, similar enough to iTunes to make it easy to learn, but different enough to solve problems you may get with the original. Managing your media is very easy with a drag and drop interface, plus iTools converts mp3 to m4r automatically at the point of transfer to save you more time and effort.
New options for your device
Those wishing to have a little more access to their phone will find iTools for Windows very useful. Despite being free there are no adverts and this software works with both jail broken and default devices, which may be a consideration for those who have modified phones.
You’ll even find system cleanup tools to help your device run smoothly, one of many features Apple themselves have neglected to provide. For the power user who wants to try going deeper into their device, this free software is certainly worth a try. The Mac version offers similar features, and on Thinksy's website you will find more information about this software.