Use your iOS device as USB flash storage with roqyUSB

By , Feb 1, 2013

roqyUSB

One of the features I’ve missed from the classic iPods is the ability to plug the devices into a computer in order to directly access their hard drives or flash memory. When I was in school, I didn’t carry a USB key around with me because I always had my iPod and everyone had the cables handy. While there is software that can transfer files between an iPhone and a PC, we’re generally not permitted to install programs on shared computers.

One solution is roqyUSB, a jailbreak utility that allows users to create virtual hard disks which can be accessed by USB. This isn’t the first virtual USB drive we’ve seen for jailbroken devices, but it is the first we’ve seen in a default repository…

roqyUSB trial

While roqyUSB is a paid app, the free trial comes with 128MB of storage and no time limit, which is more than enough if you’re just using roqyUSB for Word files, presentations, and spreadsheets. The full version of the app costs €5, or just under $7, and allows users to allocate as much space as you want. Just keep in mind the space will be in use, so you can’t use it for music and apps.

The biggest issue I have with roqyUSB is it doesn’t work seamlessly in Windows if iTunes is installed. You have to manually toggle between your iPhone’s USB drivers in Device Manager. This is inconvenient, especially if you want to transfer files to computers that you don’t have admin privileges for.

USB DriveUSB Drive: a free alternative, works up to iOS 5.X

It’s important to note we’ve previously featured Dmytro’s USB Drive, which is free, has no issues in Windows, and includes options for setting up multiple virtual hard disks. While it would be our preferred choice, the software will not work in the upcoming iOS 6.1 jailbreak, as Apple removed the USBDeviceConfiguration.plist file which the USB Drive tweak modifies to change the device’s productID.

roqyUSB has been tested by its developer on iOS 4.2.1 to iOS 6.0.1 and works with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. You can find it in the ModMyi repository on Cydia.

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  • http://twitter.com/1Maglad Maglad

    Awesome :(

    • Chuck Norris

      Why you sad?

      • Z3r0ViP

        Because it costs $7 :P

  • Joonyaboy

    This ain’t Jeff!? IGNORE

  • wonderboydave

    another reason I should stay on 5.1.1

    • http://www.facebook.com/Nasser1510 Nasser Cedeño

      Just Wait for the Jailbreak of the IOS 6.X Sunday At 6p.m Will release

  • Mohammad Ridwan

    iFunbox works even better….

    1. Free
    2. No Jailbreak required

    • cydialover

      can we use iphone as an usb in funbox? i didnt know that

      • Mohammad Ridwan

        On top left hand side of iFunbox Classic tab there is ‘General Storage’

      • cydialover

        i got it. thanks man!

      • Ge0mancer

        But if the computer you are using doesn’t have ifunbox, can you still access the general storage?

    • FabianPVD

      It’s a hassle to download iFunBox onto other computers where you want to plugin in your phone.

    • http://www.facebook.com/shik.alsmr Adel ALfalasi

      true >> i use it waaay better

    • ReanimationXP

      PwnTunes is more relevant to this tweak and is better than both iFunbox and roqy. Allows you to open the device and maps to several useful folders such as Downloads, Misc, creates a virtual folder of all your iTunes songs, one or more Camera Rolls or Albums.. it’s great. And no third party software or drivers needed at all.

      I’m not sure why everyone (including iDB) seems to be ignorant of it. SpiritOfLogic is a great guy too.

  • Mark Ansari

    someone should make a tweak which mounts the whole iPhone. (like android)

    • cydialover

      i guess pwntunes tweak does that

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Cawthorne/1711701718 David Cawthorne

      Hi, PwnTunes mounts the Media/Downloads folder like a USB drive. Also the DCIM photos folder and the iPod music library.
      You can paste photos directly into the Camera Roll folder and copy any music to your PC. It also has its own music folder which syncs songs to your iPod.

  • photons

    This is madness! love it

  • cydialover

    my phone has 8 gb 3gs and now has available 4.4gb. if i use whole 4.4, does that make my phone slowly? or how does that work?

  • EpicFacepalm

    Pwntunes vs this?

    • FabianPVD

      Pwntunes is mainly for getting stuff off the Camera Roll, or moving music in and out, just getting everything out. If for example I just want a small amount of space to keep some files on, then roqy is the choice.

      • EpicFacepalm

        Thanks for the info

      • ReanimationXP

        Fabian is wrong. PwnTunes owns this in every way. Allows you to open the device and maps to several useful folders such as Downloads, Misc, creates a virtual folder of all your iTunes songs, one or more Camera Rolls or Albums.. it’s great. And no third party software or drivers needed.

        I’m not sure why everyone (including iDB) seems to be ignorant of it. SpiritOfLogic is a great guy too.

  • http://twitter.com/retace retace

    This tweak doesn’t work for me. My iPhone isn’t recognized on my mac as an usb partition.

    • http://www.facebook.com/george.thomas.3517 George Thomas

      Me either. I am looking for answers on this

  • GSpeedcomputer

    Great! i want to try this one but its really expensive. .

  • kvmstuff.com

    I have been using this USB drive
    application from some time, it is really a nice one. Your tips are useful for
    the one who want to get this app into their I phone.

  • fhgfghfghf

    For me, on 6.1.2, USB Drive still works good!

    • BUMPER

      It doesn’t works for me on 6.1.3… I’m alone ?

  • mkOS

    Both this one and PwnTunes are really expensive….I just discovered another one that seems the same as PwnTunes, and costs 0.99: “Railway”, from BigBoss Repo.