Do you want to use your iPhone as an USB disk drive? Or you are in search of solution to transfer files from computer to your iPhone. Apple’s iTunes app is awesome and abstracts you from the internal details of the iPhone. But for some users, you may want to have extra control of your iPhone and manage the files manually. Here, the iPhone Explorer is a great application you should have a try.
Developed by myPod Apps, the iPhone Explorer is a lightweight application that lets you browse and manage your iPhone files from computer. Both Windows and Mac OS are supported. With the application, you can manually copy the music, movie and photos files to and from your computer by simply drag-and-drop. If you just want to save a document file onto your iPhone, just drag that file onto iPhone Explorer and it’s automatically transferred to the iPhone.
The application comes with a handy “Auto-Preview” feature. With the preview feature enabled, iPhone Explorer shows a preview of the image files. This is a little but very useful feature as you can’t easily guess the photos from the arbitrary filename as you can see from the screenshot.
Perhaps you thought iPhone Explorer only supports jailbroken iPhone. It turns out that this application works on both jailbroken and non-jailbroken iPhones. However, for jailbroken iPhone, you are allowed to view files in the system root folder (say, access the SMS database).
iPhone Explorer is pretty intuitive and with small download size. To use the app, just launch it and connect your iPhone via USB. It then automatically shows you the file content and lets you manage them manually. But please note that iPhone Explorer requires you to have iTunes v8 or 9 is installed.
The best part of the application is that it’s completely free for download. You can get a free copy via its official website. As always, remember to share with us your comments about the application.
Alternatively, please also check out Diskaid or iPhoneBrowser, which offers similar functions as iPhone Explorer. If you’re looking for solutions to transfer files wirelessly, you can also refer to the guide about SSH.