iExplore Root Acccess

For those of you who prefer to manage iOS’s file system via USB, we have some good news for you. Saurik recently pushed an AFC packaged called Apple File Conduit 2 to jailbroken iOS 8 users. The package, which is downloadable from Cydia right now, allows users to browse the entire iOS root file system when your device is connected to your computer via USB.

As Saurik explains, AFC stands forย Apple File Conduit, and it is how apps like iTunes and iPhoto are able to read the media contents of an iOS device. Unfortunately, plain old AFC is in a jailed state, and will only allow you to browse certain files pertaining to media and the like. With AFC2, you get access to the whole kit and kaboodle.

Saurik goes on to explain:

…please understand that AFC2 is considered by many to be a security hole: you might not want to provide full USB filesystem access…due to security concerns, modern “jailbreaks” now avoid installing AFC2 by default.

Alternative AFC2 packages for iOS 7.1 solve this problem in a way that many in the core developer community feel crosses the bounds of what is legal.

This package does not have this issue: rather than redistributing software from Apple, this package downloads (and verifies, of course) the files as needed.

Unfortunately, this is arguably more “finicky” and might sometimes fail.

I thereby ask that any users who do run into installation issues (not that I expect any) appreciate the complex problem we have with this package.

So, in a nutshell, there are some things you’ll need to consider before using AFC2. I understand that there’s definitely a convenience factor of being able to plug your iPhone into your Mac, and being able to immediately browse and transfer files using apps like Macroplant’s iExplorer. But with the added convenience comes the matter of security concerns, so it’s best to maintain a balanced viewpoint of this ability.

And, as Saurik stated, you may also experience installation issues due to the more complex nature of the AFC2 support employed byย Apple File Conduit 2.

Do you use AFC on your jailbroken device? Are you happy to see it supported in the iOS 8 jailbreak?

Here is iFunBox on my iPhone 5s running iOS 8.1 jailbroken:

iFunbox ios 8.1

  • R N

    Nice & Fast, keep up the great work Saurik!

  • Ryan Bartsch

    One of my most important things to install in jailbreak, thanks guys!

  • Diego

    Waiting for iFile ;D

  • Linton Findlay

    Use it for iFunbox

  • Thoman

    Waiting pangu team

  • bln

    after installing the update in cydia its not working with iFunbox still shows – jailed

  • Rowan09

    Waiting on Cydia being bundled with the jailbreak.

    • Chang in Charge

      Same, I’m super happy and grateful for this jailbreak but I’ll wait till its whole.

      • Rowan09

        Could agree more. It got stuck on step 2 for me so I unplugged my phone.

      • Chang in Charge

        Yeah I hear you I been itching to download it but from everything I hear with photos being lost and no Touch ID I’m trying my best to wait it out.

      • Rowan09

        Not worth it for me. I used Apple Pay today in McDonald’s and it worked flawless, just as advertised without showing my information at all.

    • Yeah me too. I tried JB’ing last night and it completely ballsed up my iPhone as apparently, setting the passcode was what got it stuck on the boot logo.

      • Rowan09

        I took off my passcode and find my iPhone, but it was stuck on step 2.

      • Oh yeah, I did that. But by all accounts, even after the JB has completed, you can’t turn passcode back on else it hangs on boot. For me, that lack of security wasn’t worth waiting a few days for a fix to come out

      • Oh yeah, I did that. But by all accounts, even after the JB has completed, you can’t turn passcode back on else it hangs on boot. For me, that lack of security wasn’t worth waiting a few days for a fix to come out

      • Rowan09

        Thanks I was going to try later, but not anymore.

    • Jeroen Claassens

      Read the other comments just now too, yeah the losing of passcode security is a great hiccup I agree on that. Personally I wouldn’t even give my iPhone to anyone to use unless I know I can really trust them anyway (i.e. parents, brother etc.)

      As for installing Cydia over SSH, being on windows it required a little bit of fiddling but actually I pretty much found the answer in the iDB comments section of the post in which Jeff explains how to install Cydia.

      Once you got the requirements it’s really easy tbh.. I mean.. who can’t copy+paste these days?

  • bln

    not working with iFunbox ๐Ÿ™

    • Works on iFunBox for me, see above.

      • bln

        what do i wrong? iPhone 6 Plus iOS 8.1 – Apple File Conduit 2 build 1.1

      • Anmol Malhotra

        Jeff, you were working on some project. You said you will show it to us. Where it is? I’ve been waiting for it. ๐Ÿ™

      • charlie williams

        any ideas whats causing the problem?

      • Stephen O’Neill

        if you read the word of saurik on the file AFC2 it says at the bottom of it “unfortunately, this us arguably more “finicky” and might sometimes fail”

    • Yash Gorana

      Try iMazing.

      • bln

        same problem ๐Ÿ™ after istalling in cydia apple file co… device not reboot i have to manuel hard reboot

  • Filipe Martins

    had to restore my iPod Touch, didn’t turn on after a few spins. Besides, lost some photos with the process. ._.

    it’s better to wait for the bundled Cydia with the jailbreak and the Substract full compatibility with iOS 8.

  • Greg1980

    after installing this my phone no boots up… :/ I see apple logo…

    • charlie williams

      its called waiting

  • bln

    same here… have to hard reboot after installing it and its not working ๐Ÿ™ somone know how to fix?

    • Rodolfo Aguiar

      You have to respring after reboot

      • bln

        when i install it and reboot springboard display is on but dark.. then i have to hard reboot and after this ifunbox show that device is jailed

      • charlie williams

        leave it for a while the screen will come on butr as for afc2 im lost cant figure it out

      • bln

        you are right need some time screen will come bag but afc2 is gone ๐Ÿ™

      • Greg1980

        I’m waiting now 20 mins and still see apple logo. It seems not working on my 5s…

      • charlie williams

        hmmm wierd so if you go toi cydia and to installed afc2 is not there? or is it just not working? mine is there but does not work but other than afc2 my ipod is running fine no issues exept for some lag

      • Greg1980

        How? When I try to do this phone not responding!

      • Josue95

        Did you put a passcode, before rebooting?

      • Greg1980

        Have you rerad my post? After installing this shit, phone never booted up, it shows logo… Over and over again…

      • bln

        this is what i have done… no effect for me

  • Hani Akil

    waiting for cydia substrate to fully support ios 8

  • leart

    Even my old ipod4g got some updates

    • iPodDroid

      Ahhhh. The good old days…. Back when iOS actually worked…

      • leart

        Yeah till ios 6 it was so stable system that even jailbroken it almost never crashes, im still obsessed with old look, my next purchase will be a new mini on 6.1.3 ๐Ÿ˜›

      • iPodDroid

        Agree. iOS 8 is probably the most broken update so far. I would love to downgrade by iOS 6 but unfortunately Apple wants us to run the “latest and greatest” update.

      • leart

        Apple is taking care of own interest no surprise there, fragmentation is not on their interest.
        For me theres still a chance to go back, i have the 6.1.3 shsh for my 4s and there are some rumors that a downgrade for a5 will be possible soon ๐Ÿ˜›
        Can’t wait to use zephyr and ncsettings on a decent device for ios 6 like 4s

      • iPodDroid

        I don’t have a choice. Both my iPhone 6+ and iPod Touch 5g are running iOS8 and ironically, my iPod Touch lasts a lot longer than my iPhone. :/

  • Manuel Molina

    This is great and all, and I appreciate the work he put into this… but could we see some work on a jailbreak that doesn’t spin a circle on your iDevice when you put a password on it?

  • Greg1980

    I can’t get to the safe mode and remove it. wtf??

    • charlie williams

      you dont need safe mode all safe mode dose is not load mobile substate but if you reboot then it boots diabled anyway so after a reboot your kinda in safemode anyway just it dosent tell you (hold the power and home down and leave it be for like 10 mins most people complaining about boot loops are just impatient)

      • Greg1980

        10mins, 20. 30.. no difference, Phone doesn’t boot, and getting very hot!

      • charlie williams

        is it pluged in?

      • Nattapong Hongrat

        did you have passcode on you device?

      • Greg1980

        Yeah… I did everything acording in this manual… But it doesn’t matter, I restored phone, and jailbroken it again, without installing this ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • John

    This is a rushed release. A lot of people don’t know what the hell are they doing and they end up f**king things up.
    The Pangu team should have released the jailbreak to Saurik and some developers and in a week, they could have released the jailbreak with Cydia and a couple more tweaks working for iOS 8.
    Just my .2 cents.

    • charlie williams

      yes and no by doing this many of the issues have been found faster as they have thousands of test subjects and its also harder than its made out to bee to f**k things up its just many of the people on these sites restore or panic at the sight of the apple logo or a black screen its likley in most cases if they left them be for 5mins then all would bee good

    • Nesly Lacroix

      I agree completely. That would have been a lot smoother. There is a great discussion on reddit on how to solve the boot freeze problem. There is no clear cut solution. So it might take a while before we have a working JB.

  • Greg1980

    I can connect to my phone via i-funbox, can anyone know how to remove this afc2. I can’t switch to safe mode and remove it, this is only way to connect the phone now… I don’t wanna to restore it and do everything again!

    • Liam

      Go into Cydia, click on the ‘Installed’ tab at the bottom scroll down to ‘Apple File Conduit 2’ click on it the click on ‘Modify’ in the top right corner, then click on the ‘Remove’ button. Hope this helps.

      • Greg1980

        hehehe I see you didn’t read my posts… I can’t boot the phone… I know if I delete it it will be fine, but phone shows boot logo only. Tried to hard reset but not working ๐Ÿ™

      • Liam

        ah ok lol i only seen the 1 i replied too

      • charlie williams

        hold down power and home should reboot and fail but leave for like 10mins without touching it should have some form of ui there ether safemode or ios without substate

      • Greg1980

        Not in my phone, sorry.. It getting hot instead…

      • charlie williams

        if you plug it in does itunes recognize it?

      • Greg1980

        If phone is in dfu mode I can restore it , but I don’t wanna do it now, only if everything else fail…

      • charlie williams

        okay if you take it out of dfu what happens

      • Greg1980

        nothing

      • archer14

        same thing happened to my Air yesterday. press home & power for a minute or two until DFU mode kicks in. Sorry, no other way but to restore .

      • Greg1980

        So I have to restore it and do the jailbreak agian, which is easy, and install cydia which is harder ๐Ÿ™

      • charlie williams

        like scrren is black or its normal ios or its ios with substrait working can u acces idevice does it show up in itunes out of dfu pleas give me something to work with here

      • Greg1980

        I restoring my device ๐Ÿ™

      • charlie williams

        okay thats probabaly a good thing but if it works could you do me a favour try installing afc2 again and see if it works after a clean restore and jailbreak

  • charlie williams

    dosnt work on ipod 5g ios 8.1 send ipod round the bend for like 10 mins then comes on fine but says jailed in ifunbox and iexplorer

    • bln

      Same Here iPhone 6 Plus

      • charlie williams

        i wonder whats causing it i mean loads have it working fine all i can think of is that its conflicting with another tweek was this the only tweek you had installed? or had you installed others too? and if so what?

      • bln

        i have a lot of think also it is because an other tweak but dont want to delete all

      • charlie williams

        im thinking the same do you have ifile?

      • bln

        no i dont have ifile

      • charlie williams

        okay just trying to single out the tweek that could be causing the confilict

      • bln

        it could be i have a lot but dont want to delte them all ๐Ÿ™

  • Warmachine69

    idk about everyone else my device is constantly crashing :/

    • charlie williams

      mine is some times try closing back ground apps and rebooting it helps but also some tweeks consume alot of memory and that can be lowering your preformances my advice would be to remove heavy tweeks till pangu8 is more stable.

  • Standout

    It happen to me too. Stuck on apple logo after installing AFC2. After respringing the screen went black so i had to restart it. Now stuck on apple logo. Any ideas?

    • yungcinnabun

      Plug ur phone into iTunes and put into recovery mode and when iTunes asks hit update and all ur data will still b there DON’T hit restore

      • Greg1980

        Very interesting, but there’s only restore option…

      • yungcinnabun

        if you’re in recovery mode with the iTunes logo on ur screen it should ask if you want to restore or update it definitely works i did it 3+ times trying to fix my bootlooping i6

      • Greg1980

        no way if you have ios 8.1. I have only restore otion, and I’m doing this now, no more waiting. Nobody knows how to fix it at the momment.

      • yungcinnabun

        100000% i have an iPhone 6 on iOS 8.1 and have “updated” 4 times this way and removed the jailbreak in a boot loop maybe you’re in dfu mode which won’t work it has to be recovery

      • Greg1980

        I don’t know mate. I had only restore option, so I did it. All jailbreak jobs to do again:/

        I’m lucky cause I lost only jailbreak, and few tweaks… All rest is safe ๐Ÿ™‚

      • yungcinnabun

        this tut says you have to hold shift or command then hit check for updates and choose the right ispw i didnt have to do that but i guess if u mess up again try this way it’ll keep ur data

        mashable dot com/2014/09/24/how-to-downgrade-ios-8-0-1/

  • Liam

    Any1 managed to install or backup any apps using ifunbox yet?

    • charlie williams

      back up and install stock stuff from apple yes but as far as afc2 goes nout

      • Liam

        might be needing a new update for ifunbox to allow this, can do it via ssh no problem

      • charlie williams

        no its not ifunbox thats rulled out as some can use it its on the devices i think its another tweek confilicting because others with the issue have other tweeks installed i havent hear of anyone having the issue after a clean jailbreak and this being the first tweek to install

  • asdlb4

    Can someone explain the difference between this and SSH access other than the wires? I’m assuming it’s essentially the same thing.

    • EddieBeasley

      Noobs don’t like SSH. They need something simplified.

      • charlie williams

        its essentialy the same exept you cant access the user applkication folder with or without wires with out afc as far as i can tell.

  • Guest

    Ok, but that doesn’t exactly answer my question.

    • charlie williams

      why what explanation were you looking for? one is over usb and allows easier quicker file access and editing were as the other is usually(you can tunnel through USB) and uses comands or some thing like winscp to give a similar graphical interface as iexplorer or ifun box its just not as easy editing files but it can be done ssh is just often more complex and time consuming

      • asdlb4

        Charlie, that was for the “noobs” guy, not you. I guess the reply got placed out of sequence. Thank you for your response! That’s exactly what I was wondering. Have an awesome day.

  • charlie williams

    im thinking going into safe mode wher all other extension are diabled then installing af2 in safe mode then respringing

  • Andrew McOlash

    When the NSA steals your phone, or anyone for that matter if this is installed they own a lot of info without an unlock. Not for me, not a ton of information is actually encrypted on the device itself…

    • charlie williams

      and what exactly do you think nsa are going to get of your phone thats of any significance lets face it if they wanted my phone number and some of my pics there are easier ways of getting them

  • bln

    i hope saurik can fix it or can tell us soon why there are so many users with problems!

    • Standout

      Yes hopefully because i just fresh installed and the same thing happened again. Stuck at black screen then i restart it and then its stuck on the apple logo. About to restore for the 3rd time and wait a update to AFC2

      • charlie williams

        so did you restore and reinstall afc2 or just click reinstall in cydia?

      • bln

        new update 1.2 is working now!

  • Guest

    when i install it, i get a black screen after the respring and doesn’t seem to work after i reboot my ipad air either….

  • andy

    I wonder if anyone is working on downgrading tool…………..
    Downgrade for ios 8.1-ios 6.1.3,2 and etc. A5 chip, A6 and yeah?

  • Vatsalya Vigya Verma

    size mismatch

  • bln

    After the update to 1.2 last night all work fine for me now iphone 6 plus ios 8.1 thanks to saurik!

  • teehee`

    please make ifile compatible tooo ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Karl Smith

    when I install this on my iphone 6 plus, it gets stuck at the apple logo and I had to do a DFU restore. Please could someone advise where I’m going wrong? thanks

  • Karl Smith

    it makes me get stuck at the apple logo after resprining when I install this package

  • bashir

    It’s appsync working on ios 8.1

  • Toon

    After i reboot my iPhone 6 it stuck on the apple logo
    I had to restore ??

  • Toon

    Don’t confuse AFC2 with old AFC2add AFC2 is the right one
    But still das’t work on my i6 after reboot i have white screen
    With apple logo.. Hope that Saurik fix this

  • tuma

    After installin afc2, it took d springboard 20mins to come up again. Still ifunbox shows jailed

  • Toon

    Anyone installed AFC2 version 1.2 ??

    • GG

      I did and the springboard wont load….my screen is blank but the light is on

      its fine after a reboot but phone still says jailed.

      -iPhone 5 -iOS8.1

      • Toon

        iPhone works normal? What das iT mean jailed?

      • GG

        how do you not know what “jailed” means?
        anyway….water downed version – I still cant get root access via USB (cause AFC2 isn”t working)

      • Toon

        I know jailbreak but jailed will be something similar I supose like Locked? Anyway Afc2 dasn’t works on your i5 but I have a i6 but I had to restore twice because I first installed the afc2add and then afc2 and both they give a white screen with logo really bad and cost a lot time to fix it

  • idnawsi

    i cant install app from appcake anymore when i installed this afc2

  • Bqliank Yapz

    after i install afc2, my iphone stuck on boot loop… :/

    • Bqliank Yapz

      itunes not detect iphone :/

  • roja Awakening

    THX Jeff and Saurik !
    Now i can access iwidget photo and Unlock Sound 7 to replace my stuff.

  • Bruce Wayne

    i had my phone stay stuck at apple logo after adding afc2add from cydia… is this the same shit? if not which can i get from cydia thats stable for pangu on 8.1 and a 6+

  • Osorio11

    iTools still does not connect via USB. Ifunbox needs a new appsyc for insalling cracked apps. IOS 8x sucks so far!

  • Eri

    Whenever I click on “Apps” iExplorer crashes ๐Ÿ™

  • Aiyush

    Ok, weird. I have ios 8.1.2 jailbroken on TaIG. I have Apple Conduit 2 from saurik, but ifunbox shows jailed. I can use ifile though on my ipad. I removed TaIG’s native afc2 as well but it still shows jailed.

  • Genie Jasmann

    I’m having an issue when it comes to backing up a certain game. One of my games is missing a certain file its not showing when i go into the raw file system. Can anyone provide any suggestions i could try? Thank you

  • TazaDeCafe

    Ipad 2, iOS 8.4, jailbroken, User Application CONTENT not seen. Inside a program like Adobe there ought to be a few files one of which is DOCUMENTS where your pdfs are placed and visible. I installed the Apple Conduit 2 and it is possible to install apps but the User Apps have no visible content. The system apps show what is supposed to be seen. How is this issue resolved??? Thanks