Use iPhone as USB Drive

Use iPhone as USB Drive
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For this tutorial, you need not install any software on your PC. The only thing required is the creation of a virtual drive on your iPhone. The virtual drive creation process generally takes time depending on the amount of space you are allocating to the drive. For a smaller storage drive, it should take only few minutes, whereas, for a larger drive, time may vary from 10-15 minutes. During the virtual drive creation process, make sure your iPhone doesn’t go into standby mode. Follow the step by step instructions given below.

Note: You must have a jailbroken iPhone to carry out the steps mentioned in this tutorial.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1: Tap the Cydia icon on the Springboard.

Step 2: Now, tap the Manage icon on the bottom right.

cydia hompage

Step 3: Now, tap Sources.

cydia source

Step 4: Tap the Edit button on the right top corner.

Step 5: To add a new source, tap the Add button on the left top corner.

Step 6: Add the following URL: in the address bar and finally tap the Add Source button to add this source.

cydia enter url

Step 7: Once the source has been verified, a Return to Cydia button will appear. Press this button to continue.

return to cydia

Step 8: Finally, tap the ‘Done’ button to add this source.

cydia source added

Step 9: From the list of sources, select the source.

click source

Step 10: Now, from the list of packages, select the USB Drive package.

USB drive

Step 11: Tap the Install button to start the installation process and then tap the Confirm button on the right top corner to continue with the installation process.

install usb drive on iphone

Step 12: After the software installation process is complete, Return to Cydia button will appear. Tap this button to return to the Cydia application.

Step 13: Finally, tap the Home button to return to Springboard. Tap the USB Drive icon on Springboard.

iphone usb drive

Step 14: Now, you need to create a virtual drive on the iPhone. Press the Create Disk… button to create a virtual disk. Enter the desired name and the size of this virtual drive and finally, tap the Create button to create a virtual drive.

create usb drive on iphone

Step 15: Now you have to specify the desired USB mode for the virtual drive you just created. You have 3 options.

  • Drive + iTunes: This will make your iPhone compatible with iTunes as well as allow you to use your iPhone as a USB drive.
  • Default: No changes are made to the iPhone settings.
  • Drive Only: You can only use the iPhone as a USB drive. However, the iPhone will not be compatible with iTunes in this mode.

iphone usb drive created

I decided to choose Drive only mode for testing purposes. Reboot your iPhone when prompted.

Step 16: Once the iPhone reboots, you can access the virtual disk on your computer you created with USB Drive.

Images Credit

  • Apple iPhone screenshots by Apple
  • Cydia application screenshots by Cydia