It's not easy to access iPhone folders outside of the default iTunes system. It is possible for users to access and browse iPhone folders by downloading customised Windows Explorer-style browsers from the Internet. This can make it possible for the user to use the iPhone as a USB flash drive and store information not neccesarily used by iPhone applications.
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Navigate to the iPhone Folders download page (see Resources).
Click on the "Download" link to begin the download automatically. Download and use the wizard to set-up the file.
Connect your iPhone to the PC using the USB cable. Open the iPhone Folders application to browse the folders on the iPhone.
Navigate to the Tauw website iPhone Browser page (see Resources).
Scroll down the page. Click on the iPhone Browser link to bring up the Google Code page for the topic. Select the "Downloads" tab. Click on the SetupiPhoneBrowser.1.93.exe file to download and automatically extract iPhone Browser.
Connect your iPhone to your PC using the USB connection. Open the iPhone browser to begin browsing your phone's folders.
Navigate to the Tech Hail iPhone Explorer page (see Resources).
Scroll down the page and click on the link to download iPhone Explorer for Windows or Mac.
Install the software. Connect your iPhone to your computer using the USB cable. Open iPhone Explorer to view the folders and files in browser format on the iPhone.
Tips and warnings
- It might be necessary to "Jailbreak" your iPhone and navigate around the Apple user restrictions before using the software to its full potential. Despite the illegal sounding connotation, jailbreaking was declared legal by U.S. Federal regulators on July 26, 2010. This can be done online (see Resources) and by mobile phone dealers.
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