Review: Leawo iTransfer – Apple iOS device to PC/Mac transfer software

Do you find using Apple’s iTunes software slow and ungainly for a quick file transfer in either direction? I know I do. It’s surprising, that after so many versions and iterations, how baffling this important Apple software can be.

If you want to transfer files from/to your iPad arbitrarily – rather than via some planned sync operation – then you open up the iTunes program and have to click that little icon at the top right which is perilously close to what looks like an eject icon to see what is on your iPad, iPhone or iPod. Then at the top of that sub-window you click ‘On this iPad’ (or whatever iOS device you are using). There you can transfer files that your iOS device natively recognises; media such as music, films and TV shows. What a long winded unintuitive process…

Leawo iTransfer install screen

Leawo iTransfer install screen

Leawo iTransfer

Leawo’s iTransfer program (for PC or Mac) seeks to make the above iTunes clicky nightmare into a much more simple process. Upon opening the program it takes you to a recommended list of online apps – which is a bit annoying as I opened it to do my transfers. Anyway it’s easy to click on your iDevice, listed in a column at the left of the program windows and then a category of file to make your transfer.

Leawo iTransfer device screen

Leawo iTransfer device screen – the device tree should be auto-expanded!

Testing the program I decided to send some multimedia staples to my iDevice as that’s quite a common operation. I chose some standard 256Kbit/s encoded MP3 files to send to the Music folder and an MP4 video file I’d sent to YouTube previously as a test video. Both transfers went very quickly and without a hitch – no re-encoding went on, it obviously wasn’t necessary in this case. So I tried an odd format video file to see what happened – an .FLV file just gave me an error message with no option but to connect support… Opening my iPad the MP3 and MP4 video files played faultlessly in Apple’s Video and Music apps on my iPad. That’s good. You can transfer files or complete folders – you just have to right click to initiate either process.

Leawo informs me that you can similarly transfer the files between the iOS device and iTunes library and regular storage on your PC or Mac too.

The official highlights of the Leawo iTransfer program’s capabilities are as follows:

  • Transfer files among iOS devices, iTunes and PCs with ease.
  • Transfer various kinds of files, including apps, music, movies, TV shows, ringtones, ebooks, photos and Camera Roll files.
  • Transfer files without the sync of iTunes.
  • Backup iPhone, iPad and iPod in seconds.
  • Make iPhone, iPad and iPod as flash disks.
  • Fully support latest iOS 7 and iDevices, such as iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina Display.
  • Transfer large files and amount of files fast and stable.

Overall the program works well but I would prefer for it to get straight to an expanded view of my connected iDevice rather than some recommended online app store. Also the resources in these online stores had problems opening up on my PC, complaining about firewalls or some-such, I wasn’t going to tinker with my Firewall config for this program’s sake as it’s not normal for that to happen.

I probably wouldn’t purchase this program as I mainly transfer non-Apple standard movies and TV shows to my iPad for watching via another mechanism which isn’t supported by this tool – via the ‘Apps’ then ‘File Sharing’ section of iTunes (see my partial screen grab below). Also much of Leawo iTransfer’s core functionality is in iTunes, even if that’s a bit more effort to navigate around.

Uploading non-native media files

Uploading non-native media files using Apple iTunes ‘File Sharing’

If you are interested in Leawo’s software then you can easily take advantage of the free PC trial (or Mac version) to see if it works well for you before forking out your cash ($19.95)

Mark Tyson

Mark has worked for a number of years as a newshound on other technology news websites. He decided to write for Tech Assimilate thanks to this web site's open embracing vision of the fascinating world of personal technology. Mark has also worked in the printing and advertising industries for tens of years previously.

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