iPhone as a USB mass storage? Here's how to

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by globalist, Oct 27, 2009.

  1. globalist macrumors 6502a

    Aug 19, 2009
    I admit straight away this is not my idea entirely but I modified it a little to be a sureproof method for anyone wanting this functionality. No Jailbreak required.

    1. Get [app]FileAid[/app] (free) on your iPhone and learn how to use it :)

    2. Get Diskaid and run it on your PC/Mac

    3. Copy any file to your iPhone using Diskaid, it will create a Start Here folder and this folder will also be visible and available in FileAid. Notice that both DiskAid and FileAid will create their own "Start Here" folder. The one we're interested in is DiskAid's however, as it is for some reason created under iPhone's Camera Roll

    4. Now here comes the trick: Any file with the extension .jpg copied to this folder, either via FileAid or DiskAid, will be available for import as soon as you plug your iPhone into any PC:


    What this means, you can rename ANY file's extension to .jpg and using this method copy it on your iphone's "usb storage".

    5. You may uninstall Diskaid at this point as we won't need it anymore and it's shareware anyway :p However, the installation executable I personally renamed to diskaid_3_1.jpg and keep it on my iPhone USB for those cases when you need to copy anything from the target machine to your iPhone.

    Also, you may now delete the FileAid's Start Here folder on your iPhone, and in FileAid's settings turn on "Use DiskAid folder for FTP"

    6. ???

    7. PROFIT :)

    Downsides are two:
    1) Copying large files to the phone over WiFi (that is if you decided not to purchase DiskAid which makes USB transfer possible) takes a long time
    2) You have to rename the file extension (and possibly also filename if needed) back to what they were originally once the camera import wizard finishes. To make things easier, you can rename as follows: file001.exe --> file001.exe.jpg and vice versa after import is done.
  2. lllll macrumors regular

    Oct 23, 2009
    can the file be 4mb to 4gb? is the transferring process fast and smooth like a USB drive to a PC?
  3. globalist thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Aug 19, 2009
    I believe the file can be as big as yourvstorage permits. Transfer using Diskaid is over USB so its fast.
  4. globalist thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Aug 19, 2009
    With the latest version of FileAid, Apple has apparently pulled the plug on this method. I guess that means no more USB mass storage for non-jailbroken phones. :apple: :confused:
  5. mvb macrumors newbie

    Feb 12, 2004
    For Mac I use PhoneView. It does storage and like a brazillion other awesome things. Works great on latest iPhone.
  6. globalist thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Aug 19, 2009
    This still requires an app installed on the target machine so no this doesn't qualify as a valid mass storage method.

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