The really cool thing about iPhone Explorer isn’t that it can transfer files to and from your iPhone as if it were a USB stick — no, it’s the fact that it can do all of that on your PC or Mac without having to jailbreak or install any kind of iPhone app. This means […]
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iPhone Explorer lets you access your iPhone’s flash storage without jailbreaking [iPhone Tips]

The really cool thing about iPhone Explorer isn’t that it can transfer files to and from your iPhone as if it were a USB stick — no, it’s the fact that it can do all of that on your PC or Mac without having to jailbreak or install any kind of iPhone app. This means that any time you’re caught without a USB stick, access to your USB-mode iPhone is just one quick download away.

Install and Explore
I haven’t used iPhone Explorer extensively, but I did try a few quick dummy transfers to test the connection. Installation was as simple as any other Mac app (i.e. dragging the .app file to my Applications folder) and after that was done I plugged my iPhone in and saw its file system show up on the computer. From there it was easy to drag and drop files to or from the device, and although I wouldn’t recommend throwing a whole movie into this storage space, it’s very convenient for transferring a few quick songs or documents.

Jailbreak Advantage — faster than SSH
I have a jailbroken phone so I can also see the root directories of my iPhone where various system files are kept. I know not to delete anything I don’t recognize, but I can navigate to the Winterboard Themes folder (/Library/Themes), which should be an amazing time saver. Up until now I’ve been using Cyberduck and SSH to transfer themes over wi-fi to my iPhone, but iPhone Explorer’s USB connection is faster, and the act of docking my iPhone is a lot simpler than setting up Cyberduck and SSH.

[tip via TUAW]

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