iPhone as a flash drive?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by zoran, Jun 4, 2016.

  1. zoran macrumors 68030

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    Is it possible to use my iPhone as a flash drive when i connect it with usb on my mac? Just like Android phones do, when connected with the usb cable.
     
  2. joeblow7777 macrumors 601

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    This is one drawback of iOS's lack of a user accessible file system.
     
  3. Armen macrumors 604

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    I find it more convenient to just upload whatever file I need to dropbox or google drive. I don't even carry around my 8GB USB flash drive anymore.
     
  4. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    If you jailbreak you can do something similar. You can load the file system as a network share and transfer files to and from your phone.

    But you'd have to be on a jailbreakable firmware first.

    Apple doesn't want people having access to the file system and does everything it can to hide the fact that it exists.
     
  5. M. Gustave macrumors 68000

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    It's only a 'drawback' if you refuse to use a modern workflow. There are numerous ways to get a file from your phone to your mac or pc, without plugging in a cable. Email, cloud storage, airplay, wi-fi sd card readers...
     
  6. joeblow7777 macrumors 601

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    Yes, and all of those methods would work just as well if not better with a file system, plus you would have the additional straightforward plug into USB option.
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    Which is great unless it's a really big file and you have limited cloud storage or slow/limited wifi. Having the option of simple drag-and-drop via USB would be nice.
     
  7. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    It would be nice. And it's totally possible. If it wasn't there'd be no way iTunes could sync or other third party apps could partially access the file system.

    But Apple just won't budge on it.
     
  8. M. Gustave macrumors 68000

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    Nothing about USB is nice. I can't wait until it's dead so we can all stop hearing about it.
     

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