How to Connect FileZilla With an iPhone

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If you are a regular user of the open source FTP/SFTP client Filezilla, you may be wondering if there's a way to use it to remotely transfer your locally hosted files to your iPhone. While Filezilla can be used in conjunction with an iPhone, iPhones are not capable of FTP transfers straight out of the box. Only jailbroken iPhones that have SSH enabled will be able to connect with Filezilla and support file transfers.

  • Tap "Settings" on your iPhone's homescreen, then tap "Wi-Fi." Select your current Wi-Fi network. Tap the blue arrow to display the advanced settings menu. This will display your iPhone's IP address. Write down the IP address.

  • Launch Filezilla on your computer. Type the IP address from step one into the "Host" field near the top of the Filezilla window. Type in "root" as the username (this is case sensitive, so do not use capital letters). By default, the iPhone's root password is "alpine." If you changed your iPhone's password after jailbreaking it, enter your personalized password instead. Click the "Quickconnect" button. The status window directly below these text fields will let you know when a connection has been established.

  • Expand the directories within the "Local Site" (your computer) and "Remote site" (your iPhone) panels. Click and drag files from one directory to another in order to transfer them.

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