I want to transfer large ZIP files (up to 200 MB) attached to notes created with Notes app to my PC or macOS. Because I have a iPhone 5c running iOS 10, I can't install Google Drive, Dropbox, etc. When I long press the ZIP file and choose 'Share', I see 'Mail' and 'Whatsapp'. Since the files are so big, I can't email the files. Whatsapp no longer works because it isn't supported

  • There may be some mileage in backing up the phone to iTunes [or Finder in newer macOS] then poking inside the backup with something like iExplorer Ahhh… I can't test this, but I see it does include a utility to actually specifically export Notes.
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Nov 27, 2022 at 15:40
  • Is there a free alternative to iExplorer? Commented Nov 27, 2022 at 16:16
  • Not that I've ever seen, no.
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Nov 27, 2022 at 16:16

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I used the Air Transfer app to transfer the file from my device to my PC. When I shared the file from the Notes app, Air Transfer showed up, and I was able to put the file in the app. Air Transfer runs a webserver on the iPhone, and I opened up the provided link on my PC. The file showed on web page, and I was able to transfer the file to my PC. The transfer happened over my Wifi network.

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