3uTools Review 2023: The Good, Bad, and Alternative

3utools review

“It worked like a charm” and “the best program ever” are the most common comments about 3uTools across the Internet. But are these comments real and should you really trust them? This article is going to take you through a full review of 3uTools in terms of the good, the bad, and its best alternatives.

Free to use.Put your personal data at risk.
Versatile and powerful.Strange English on the interface.
Clean and Intuitive interface.Not available for Mac. (Check 3uTools Alternatives for Mac)
Flash iOS devices without data loss.
Compatible with a wide range of iOS devices.

What is 3uTools?

3uTools is a versatile and all-in-one toolkit for iOS devices, with which you can free download apps/ringtones/wallpapers, manage multiple media files, flash and jailbreak iPhone/iPad/iPod touch, etc.

Few people know about 3uTools, though people who have used it speak highly of it. As for why 3uTools is banned on most iOS-related forums, I guess there is something to do with its illegitimacy. 3uTools is suspicious of re-hosting jailbreak tools and firmware files.

What can 3uTools do?

As 3uTools has so many features that we fail to illustrate the steps of every feature. Below are some of the most commonly used features of 3uTools.


Make sure you have installed iTunes on your computer before you use 3uTools, otherwise, it will fail to detect and recognize your device.

Smart flash your device even without data loss

3utools smart flash

3uTools is absolutely the best alternative to iTunes when it comes to updating or restoring your iDevice, especially the latter. Multiple flash modes are available and you can even use the Pro Flash feature to flash an iDevice without data loss.

3uTools is the one and only software that promises no data loss after you factory reset your iDevice. And what’s more incredible is it is totally free to use. Just cannot believe it! I mean, it can obviously make a huge profit from this feature.

Jailbreak iPhone/iPad/iPod touch

3utools jailbreak

3uTools itself doesn’t support jailbreak but it includes many jailbreak tools like unc0ver, Electra, Odyssey, Checkra1n, Chimera, Meridian, etc.

Once 3uTools successfully recognizes your device, it will show you a list of jailbreak tools, from where you can select and download one that is compatible with your device type and iOS version. After that, you’ll find that tool installed on your device and then you can use it to jailbreak your device with ease.

Note that 3uTools doesn’t support bypassing the iCloud activation lock and carrier lock. To unlock iCloud, you can use iMobie AnyUnlock, Tenorshare 4uKey, or iMyFone LockWiper.

Further Reading: How to Jailbreak iPhone/iPad on 3uTools

Fake GPS location on iDevice

3utools virtual location

3uTools VirtualLocation is a handy and risk-free iOS location changer, which enables you to decide where you are on any location-based apps without jailbreaking your device.

Check iDevice Status

3utools main interface

Once you connect your iDevice to PC, 3uTools will show you an info list, including iOS version, device model, IMEI number, warranty expiry date, battery life, how many times you’ve charged it, whether it is jailbroken & activated before, whether it has Apple ID lock on, etc.

It is very important to know these information before you buy a second-hand iPhone or iPad

Free download games/apps/wallpapers/ringtones

3uTools provides various free resources, including games, apps, wallpaper, ringtones, etc. It can be a must-check before you pay for any online resources.

Manage Apps and Media Files

With 3uTools, you can freely import or export photos between iDevice and PC, import music from computer to iDevice regardless of formats, customize ringtones, etc. These features are great supplements to iTunes.

Backup and Restore

Compared with iTunes, 3uTools allows you to selectively back up your data so you can avoid overwriting your current data while restoring data from backup. In addition, you can use 3uTools to remove iTunes backup encryption in case you forgot the password.

3uTools Free Download

You can free download 3uTool from its official website. 3uTools is currently only available for Windows so you should be careful about those download links for 3uTools Mac. Most of them are malware and may contain ads and viruses.

If you have any questions about how to use 3uTools, click here to check detailed illustrations on how to perform each function of 3uTools.

Is 3uTools Safe?

3uTools is indeed doing a great job in terms of simplicity and functionality, however, we are skeptical about its safety in the following aspects.

First of all, 3uTools is developed by an edgy Chinese company from which you can get no guarantees.

Second, some users claimed that 3uTools collected and abused their personal information. After using it, you might receive porn text messages, and what’s worse, your Apple card information could be stolen if you ever set up one.

But to be fair, it’s like now every software company is collecting user data in secret. Someone just took it for granted as 3uTools can do so many things for free.

As far as I am concerned, it’s your call to decide whether it deserves to risk your personal data.

Note that since the EULA is not open source, 3uTools cannot take credit for the information in there.

Best 3uTools Alternatives for Mac

As I mentioned above, 3uTools is not available for Mac now. But luckily, we’ve found the three best 3uTools alternatives for Mac users. They are not as versatile as 3uTools and only two of them are free to use. You can check their respective features and choose the tool that best suits your needs.

iMazing vs 3uTools

iMazing is a professional and exceptional iOS management tool. It can make good communication between your iDevice and PC. You can use it as an advanced version of iTunes and in fact, it is much better than iTunes.

Compared with 3uTools, iMazing is more elaborated in data management but it costs about 50 dollars for permanent use with 3 devices.

unc0ver vs 3uTools

The latest unc0ver version supports jailbreaking iOS 14.6-14.8 on iPhone XR, iPhone XS, iPhone XS MAX, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, and iPhone SE 2. If you want to jailbreak the above iPhone models using Mac, unc0ver is an ideal choice.

Checkra1n vs 3uTools

Similar to unc0ver, Checkra1n is also an exclusive jailbreak tool for Mac users. It is super easy to operate and all that requires from you is a couple of clicks.

Top 6 FAQs about 3uTools

1. Is 3uTools free to use?

Yes, it is. 3uTools is a hundred percent free to use.

2. Can I use 3uTools on my iPhone?

Not only can 3uTools work on iPhone, but also on iPad and iPod touch.

3. Can 3uTools change iPhone location?

Yes, it can. You can find the VirtualLocation tool from the Toolbox on the top bar.

4. Can I use 3uTools for Android devices?

3uTools has very limited features for Android devices and only supports transferring data to or from Android devices.

5. Is 3uTools malware or a virus?

Technically speaking, it is not malware or a virus because it will not harm your PC or mobile devices and your data is safe while using the software. But if you run it through VirusTotal, it’ll be falsely flagged as a bitcoin miner, which is quite confusing. In case you don’t want to take any risks, you can turn to Dr.Fone, Tenorshare, or iMyFone for a safer solution.

6. Can 3uTools bypass iCloud activation lock?

No. 3uTools can only jailbreak your iPhone or iPad. To unlock iCloud, you need professional iCloud activation lock removal tools like iMobie AnyUnlock and Tenorshare 4ukey.

Final Verdict

3uTools is the only free program that integrates every possible function you might need when using iOS devices. The only cost is the software might collect your data for malicious purposes. If you care about your data security very much, there are multiple similar paid software on the market for you to choose from.

About the author

My name is David Zhao. I've been working in the SaaS industry for almost a decade, and my experience with software goes back even further. Because of this, I have a deep understanding of how software can enhance both our work and personal lives. I'm excited to share my professional perspective on the strengths and weaknesses of various software.

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