How to Browse iPhone Files Via USB


Unlike smartphones running the Android operating system, the iPhone doesn't allow you to browse your data from within a file manager like Windows Explorer. You can, however, use iTunes to view the files stored on your iPhone; the software enables you to see files linked to specific apps on the device, as well as download the data to your computer.

Things You'll Need

  • USB data cable
  • Download and install the latest version of iTunes (link in the Resources). Connect the data cable to the iPhone and to a USB port on the computer.

  • Select your iPhone from under the "Devices" heading, and then click the "Apps" button on the submenu in the right pane.

  • Scroll to "File Sharing" and select an app to browse the files associated with that program.

Tips & Warnings

  • Information in this article applies to iPhones with iOS 4 or later. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.

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