How to Open SSH Without WiFi on an iPhone

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How to Open SSH Without WiFi on an iPhone
An iPhone USB cable connects your iPhone to your computer to access SSH. (usb cable image by dinostock from

Secure Shell (SSH) allows you to modify and exchange data to your iPhone through a secure channel. Using SSH allows you to edit tones, themes and even change the text on your iPhone. Accessing SSH on Wi-Fi can be frustrating if your Wi-Fi connection goes in and out. SSH can be downloaded directly to your computer, allowing you to access SSH at anytime without a Wi-Fi connection so that you may update your iPhone without Internet access.

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Things you need

  • iPhone USB cable

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  1. 1

    Open your computer's web browser and download "WinSCP," "OpenSSH" and "iTunnel" (see Resources). WinSCP, Open SSH and iTunnel allow your computer to access your iPhone and log into your iPhone.

  2. 2

    Tap "Settings" on your iPhone and tap "General" to open your iPhone's general settings. Tap "Auto-Lock" and "Never." Press the home button on the bottom of your iPhone to close your settings application. If "Auto-Lock" is on you will not be able to connect to SSH once your iPhone locks.

  3. 3

    Open "iTunnel" and a DOS window will open.

  4. 4

    Open "WinSCP" while iTunnel is still open and connect your iPhone to your computer with an iPhone USB cable.

  5. 5

    Type in "" for the "Host Name" on the WinSCP login screen. Type "22" for the "Port Number." Type "root" for the "User Name" and type "alpine" for the "Password." Note that "root" and "alpine" must be typed as lower case letters.

  6. 6

    Click "Log In" at the bottom. The iTunnel DOS screen will appear, confirming that your iPhone is attached. WinSCP will open and you may modify your SSH without a Wi-Fi connection at anytime.

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