How to Use Your iPhone as a USB Drive

Posted October 3, 2009 at 3:26pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 788534 views
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These are instructions on how to use your iPhone as a USB stick / USB flash drive without needing to install software on your computer.

Step One
Press to launch Cydia from your iPhone Springboard.

Step Two
Press to select Manage from the tabs at the bottom

Step Three
Press the large Sources button.

Step Four
Press the Edit button at the top right of the sources list.

Step Five
Press the Add button that appears at the top left.

Step Six
Enter as the Cydia/APT URL then press the Add Source button.

Step Seven
Cydia will now update your sources. Press the large Return to Cydia button when finished.

Step Eight
Press the Done button at the top right of the sources list.

Step Nine
Press to select the source we just added

Step Ten
Tap to select the USB Drive package from the list of packages

Step Eleven
Press the Install button at the top right of the screen.

Step Twelve
Press the Confirm button at the top right of the screen

Step Thirteen
Cydia will now install your package. When it has completed successfully, press the large Return to Cydia button.

Step Fourteen
Press the Home Button to return to your Springboard then press to launch USB Drive from your list of applications.

Step Fifteen
First we must create a Virtual Disk on the iPhone. Press the Create Disk... button to continue.

Enter a name for your virtual disk and use the slider to specify how much space you would like to allocate it. When done click the Create button at the top right of the screen.

Step Sixteen
Now that we have created a disk to access we must specify the USB Mode. You have three choices:

Drive + iTunes:
In this mode USB Drive replaces Picture Transfer Protocol (PTP) interface with Mass Storage interface and lets you use the iPhone as a USB Drive. At the same time you can perform iTunes synchronization, developers can use XCode debugger ,etc. In this mode USB Mass Storage will not work on Windows with iTunes or Apple USB Drivers installed.

This is the iPhone default mode. USB Drive doesn't install daemon application nor modify any USB settings. Picture Transfer Protocol (PTP) is active as well as iTunes synchronization and tethering over USB.

Drive Only:
This mode is to resolve compatibility issues with Windows and iTunes. In this mode USB Drive changes the iPhone's USB product ID. This will prevent iTunes synchronization, but USB Mass Storage will work on Windows (and other operating systems). Switch to the Default or Drive + iTunes mode will restore iTunes sync.

Press to select the mode of your choice. We chose Drive + iTunes because we rarely need Windows compatibility.

A popup will appear asking you to reboot to apply the changes. Press the large Reboot button.

Step Seventeen
Once your iPhone reboots you will now be able to access the virtual disk you created using USB Drive.

***THANKS: This is one of the most useful iPhone utilities we have ever seen. A big thanks goes to dmp for creating this app!

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LethiTor - July 8, 2014 at 10:24am
If you'd rather not jailbreak the iPhone and still use it as a USB drive, there is a similar guide for non-jailbroken phones here: How to turn your iPhone into a USB flash drive
Ran Goby - April 18, 2014 at 6:40am
You have a lot of ways to do that. Look here: I'm using iPhoneXdrive, works great for me. Hope it will help you.
high_voltage2010 - January 25, 2014 at 6:54pm
where is the software??
Babu Francis - July 8, 2013 at 3:30am
It never works, windows doesn't detect the driver for usb drive..
asad - June 19, 2013 at 5:35pm
i did as you said,,, but drive didn't showed up on my windows PC nor it is being displayed in the app,,, i can't delete it but space is in use help plzz
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