I wrote in the past about iPhoneBrowser, this neat little piece of software that allows you to browse and manipulate your iPhone files without jailbreaking it. After updating to 2.0, iPhoneBrowser didn’t work anymore so I kinda forgot about it until today.

I checked the Google Code page of iPhoneBrowser and realized it was recently updated so I decided to download it again. Boy, it’s as good as ever! I like iPhoneBrowser for one good reason: it’s much faster than SSH. When using SSH, you have to turn on SSH on your iPhone and open WinSCP on your PC whereas you just need to open iPhoneBrowser and plug in your iPhone to access your files when using iPhoneBrowser. Furthermore, downloading a large file from the iPhone to your computer is much faster using iPhoneBrowser too as it transfers the file through the USB port of your computer. One thing SSH does that iPhoneBrowser doesn’t is let you change the file properties. For example, if you want to set different properties for a file, you will have to use SSH. Not a big deal as I personally don’t touch file properties very often.


So what can you do with iPhoneBrowser?

  • drag and drop uploading to our phone
  • automatic and manual backups of files on your phone
  • previews of text and picture files and very cool icons
  • create “favorite” path to your most used locations

From the iPhoneBrowser page:


To use, plug in your iPhone and run iPhoneBrowser. The screen should show up with a listing of your folders on the left. Once a folder is selected, the files show up on the upper right. Select a file to see the contents in the lower right. Right-click a file or group of files to see a menu describing your different options, Save As, Backup File, Restore File (not yet implemented), Replace File and Delete File. You can also drag and drop files or folders into the file window to upload them to that folder.

Make sure you have at least V7.3.1 of iTunes installed. If you still get errors, make sure you have the Manzana.dll and iTunesMobileDevice.dll in the same directory as iPhoneBrowser.exe.

Connecting your iPhone

You can use it with or without jailbreaking your phone, but if you don’t jailbreak, you won’t get very far! A locked iPhone basically has a small area of folders called a sandbox to work with.

Automatic Preview

If the file you selected is a text-based file, the text of the file will automatically be shown in the lower right preview area. Sometimes special characters are not shown properly, but it gives you an idea of what data is in the file. If you select a picture file, that preview is automatically loaded in the same area. Apple formatted PNG files do show in the preview. Selecting audio files will play audio. Files are only previewed if < 10MB.

Drag and Drop

You can drag and drop files into the file window to upload them to the selected folder in the tree on the left. You can drop multiple files or folders as well. If there is an existing file with the same name in the directory, it will be overwritten on your phone, but a backup copy is made automatically first.

Save As

This menu item will prompt you to save the file in a location of your choosing. The file is downloaded off of your phone and stored with whatever filename and location you choose. PNG files will optionally be converted from Apple format to standard PNG format.

Backup File

Backups are created with the same directory structure as on the phone, but in a folder named “BACKUPS..”. This allows you to save multiple version of the same file, and allows you to manually restore to a previous version of the file. Select Backup File to create a backup of the file(s) currently selected on your iPhone. Select View Backups to open a windows explorer window of the folder where backup folders are stored.

Replace File

This function allows you to replace a file on your iPhone with one you select from your computer, backing up the original before replacing. The program will automatically rename the file to overwrite the file on the phone. For example, you can replace an “icon.png” stored on your phone with “MyCalculatorIcon.png” from your computer. The system will automatically backup the icon.png from the phone, and then upload your MyCalculatorIcon.png as icon.jpg.

Delete File

Selecting this deletes the file off of your phone after confirmation. The system will automatically backup the file before deleting.

View Backups

Select View Backups to open a windows explorer window of the folder where backups are stored.

Go here to download iPhoneBrowser.

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  • blah

    is there a mac version?!

  • Hello blah,
    Unfortunately, there is no Mac version of iPhone Browser.

  • Neph

    Thanksssss soooooo much………….This was relli helpful!!!

  • ATIF

    HI there.
    i have downloaded iphonebrowser every time i open it says stopped working then application crashes and an error comes up really want this to have sorted out 🙁 please powerati@hotmail.com

    • Rachel

      I have the same problem… please help! I’ve been trying to fix my cydia for DAYS!! I don’t have Ifile it won’t let me download the file I need to SSH and I don’t have Icy or Installer…

  • ATIF

    Stopped working

    Problem signature:
    Problem Event Name: CLR20r3
    Problem Signature 01: iphonebrowser.exe
    Problem Signature 02:
    Problem Signature 03: 478c3bc0
    Problem Signature 04: iPhoneBrowser
    Problem Signature 05:
    Problem Signature 06: 478c3bc0
    Problem Signature 07: f
    Problem Signature 08: c6
    Problem Signature 09: System.InvalidOperationException
    OS Version: 6.0.6001.
    Locale ID: 2057

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  • Murali

    Need assistance in getting bluetooth connection

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  • Pullback

    I have installed File aid and put some files into my Iphone, now I have the Iphone browser but the files that I transfered to my iphone with File aid can not be found in my Iphone browser. Normally where are those files now if I intend to view it from Iphone Browser?

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  • Luke

    i am jailbroken, but when i use iPhone browser, it says..

    “have you successfully jailbroken?”

    unsure what to do next!

  • Luke

    And i figured it out, in Cydia i added a package that it said was missing. AFC2add i think..

    My apologies!

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  • Z

    @Luke, thanks dude, was discouraged by the same problem. Excited to try out your solution.

  • Noor

    Hi, I accidently delete some of the partial folder..When I try to went to Cydia it says Error:
    Clean Archives..malformed line 1 in source list/etc/apt/sources.list.d/cydia.list(dist).Pls help.

  • Luke

    I would just jailbreak again..

  • Noor

    Hi Luke I’m confused..must I remove Cydia first then I can rejailbreak again…

  • Luke

    Well if files are missing, you may want to sync to iTunes, then run blackrain or spirit.

  • Marius

    Great piece of software! Thanks!

  • I have a Simple Mobile iPhone and I can no longer access Cydia. I tried the iPhone browser suggestion, however I recvd a message “Safari cannot download this site”??????? Is there a way to uninstall & reinstall Cydia??? Help!!!

  • MSG States “Safari cannot download this file”!!!!

  • flem

    so i downloaded iphone browser and installed it on my Windows 7 laptop. as soon as i start it, i get the following message:

    An error has occured during load. Error text: Unable to load DLL ‘iTunesMobileDevice.dll’: The specified module could not be found. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x800707E). The program will now exit, sorry. Plese report this online.

    what do i do? can anyone help me please?

  • flem

    never mind! i fixed the problem by upgrading from v1.52 to v1.93

  • amir

    cydia has crash how to fix it

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  • EMINEM :)

    Hello, How do you get back an app that you deleted? It was the idownloader appp.


  • Cole

    PLZ tell me how to fix this AIM me CoWWag(@aol.com) i downloaded the iphonebrowser but where is it on my computer!?!

  • It’s written “Windows XP/Vista/Windows 7 GUI for manipulating files on the jailbroken iPhone”
    But you said also for non-jailbroken iphones!!!!

  • i use ifunbox its free as well look in google

  • is it possoble to run iphonebrowser from a flash drive? i need to be able to access my ipod touch at computers that i am not authorized to download content on. ive tried simply istalling it to the flash drive but it doesnt work. any ideas? please email brody.birdie@gmail.com

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  • yuval badash

    hey, I download it in all the versions avilable and none of them is working.
    It’s just won’t start

  • yuval badash

    Hey, I download all the versions avilable and none of them worked – it finished setup and then it just didnt open

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