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How to Download Files Using Your iPhone

Posted March 29, 2008 at 6:59pm by iClarified · 370568 views
These are instructions on how to download files using the Safari browser on your iPhone. It installs the Safari Download Plugin written by hachu and extends it to include more file extensions thanks to spyboy.

File formats supported:
zip, rar, gz, lzh, hqx, dmg, dat, exe, tar, torrent, pdf,
wma, wmv, avi, dll, db, flv, swf (code is there , but i disabled it)
sqlitedb, doc (code there, but aint workin), plist (code there, but dont work)
xls (not workin but code there), ppt, pps, msi, asf, iso, img, bin, rtf, 3gp, ipsw, mp3, mp4, mpeg, mpg, swa.

Step One
Make sure you have added iClarified to your list of installer sources. You can do this by follow the tutorial here

Step Two
Press to launch Installer from your SpringBoard.
How to Download Files Using Your iPhone

Step Three
Press the Install tab at the bottom of the screen.
How to Download Files Using Your iPhone

Step Four
Press to select iClarified from the list of Categories.
How to Download Files Using Your iPhone

Step Five
Press to select Safari Download Plugin (1.1.4) from the list of Packages.
How to Download Files Using Your iPhone

Step Six
Press the Install button at the top right hand corner of the screen.
How to Download Files Using Your iPhone

Step Seven
A confirmation window will appear. Make sure you are on 1.1.4 and press the large OK button.
How to Download Files Using Your iPhone

Step Eight
Once installation is completed you will receive a Notice asking you to reboot your iPhone. Press the large OK button.
How to Download Files Using Your iPhone

Step Nine
You will be returned to the categories list. Press the Home button to return to your SpringBoard. Then press and hold the Sleep/Wake button for 3 seconds. A power slider will appear. Slide this to the right to power off your iPhone. Then press the Sleep/Wake button again to power it back on.
How to Download Files Using Your iPhone

Step Ten
Press to launch Safari from your SpringBoard.
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Step Eleven
Navigate to a page that contains a link to a file you would like to download. Press to click the link. A window will appear with a Download and Change Filename button. Press Download to download your file!
How to Download Files Using Your iPhone

NOTE***: The download will go to the /var/root/Downloads folder. I will make a tutorial soon on how to view these files best.

THANKS***: Thanks to hachu and spyboy and everyone else that contributed to the creation of this plugin and its capabilities!
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Fabio - August 20, 2008 at 8:38am
I've installed hachu's plugin that enables Mobile Safari to download files, but I wish to continue to open (with a single click) pdf files on Mobile Safari. Is it possible to modify Info.plist so that Safari will open pdf files once again? I tried to uninstall this plugin, but after uninstalling it, everytime I try to open a pdf file, Mobile Safari closes.
Heiner Chavarria
Heiner Chavarria - August 2, 2008 at 3:03pm
Hey tanks for the tips, now I wanna where i find the files dowloaded. If write me back soon Ill apreciate that.... Tanks Again take care
Golab - April 16, 2008 at 8:53pm
hello i rekomend u make symbolik link to /var/mobile/Downloads/ 1 the bitorrent client works then and u save space do the folowing in ssh rm -r /var/mobile/Downloads/ ln -s /var/root/Downloads /var/mobile/Downloads now the Bitorrent client prog can find the torrent file // Sorry About My Spelling I´m Dyslectic \\
jl500 - April 16, 2008 at 9:49am
I had already discovered the way to see where the files were. Anyway, thanks Leandro Now, how do I open them? What program should I use to actually see the docs?
Leandro Fonseca
Leandro Fonseca - April 16, 2008 at 12:15am
Fellows, to be able to browse the var directory, you must to enable Mobile FInder to access the System Files. Go to Settings: System File Access and turn it to ON. Hope it helps. Cheers from Brasil
notorious21 - April 9, 2008 at 11:03pm
can some1 please let me know how to find the file that i've just download using mobilefinder. i have 8gb iphone FW 1.1.4? Thanks in advance
Macopoulos - April 4, 2008 at 1:51am
You rebooted 1st?
kimsti - April 3, 2008 at 10:08pm
it doesnt work on my 1.1.4 I installed the plugin but when I click on a download link (e.g .mp3) the browser open the link in a new tab. Any idea???
riddler.tk - June 1, 2010 at 7:47pm
same here ! any ideas ? any files that i should modify? mp3 files just play as befoer
BENHAB - April 3, 2008 at 3:04pm
Macopoulos - April 3, 2008 at 1:44am
If you don't want to update your firmware version to 1.1.4 and keep your 1.1.3 (if you have it) just use my repository some comments down cause it works.. but it saves the files to /var/mobile/NetDrop so there is no "where my files are stored" matter! ;) It works flawlessly with 1.1.3 and uninstalls too!
jimmy - April 2, 2008 at 9:16pm
hello must i update my phone to 1.1.4 to use this application?
jl500 - April 2, 2008 at 2:12pm
How do I find the downloaded files? I cannot see the ~var/root/downloaded directory with mobile finder. Waiting for the tutorial too. Excellent website
Macopoulos - April 2, 2008 at 7:53am
You could even with native Terminal application on the iPhone.. but what files must be changed it the problem..! The folder? The files? I hate to say it but with my version i got no problems with that.. i just find'em with MobileFinder and then run them with Open with Application option..!
Max59 - April 2, 2008 at 6:02am
Would it be possible to fix it with Cyberduck or something like that?
Macopoulos - April 2, 2008 at 5:28am
You cant cause there are some permissions that need to be fixed on the files saved..
Max59 - April 2, 2008 at 5:25am
I have seen files with Mobilefinder too. The problem is how to read these files on the iPhone. For example, pdf viewer, when I arrive to a pdf file via Mobilefinder and choose to read the file with it, doesn't see the file. Mobile finder is really useful to navigate into the iPhone, but it seems to stop when it asks to other software to cohoperate. What can we do? Please, Iclarified...
KS - April 2, 2008 at 4:41am
Hey every1...to view the files downloaded i have been using mobilefinder in my iphone and to view them in the comp im using WinSCP.... for now i can view them... will be seeing if i can play downloaded mp3 directly on my iphone
luisj23 - April 1, 2008 at 9:40pm
great job, this is great 4 dwld pics from the web, where will they dwnld, read UR going to post a tutorial about it cause I couldnt find the /var/root, etc. THANKS.
Macopoulos - April 1, 2008 at 4:36pm
Just install a webserver for example iSpit/lighttpd/apache.. run it and then browse the folder that the file is located using that browser.. but.. it may not play cause you must say to the web server that the mp4 is a applixation/x- something mp4 to play.. Search the internet about mime type of mp4 files..! ;)
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