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  • [How To] Browse Through Your iDevice Easily With iExplorer

    You don't need to input any annoying IP addresses, passwords, or usernames anymore.

    iPhone Explorer by MacroPlant is an aging program used in SSH to iDevices. The program has been known as iPhone Explorer for a long time but due to legal issues they had to change their program name to iExplorer. Jailbreakers everywhere know about SSH in that it allows you to edit files stored in your system. SSH also allows you to add files to the system. You can use SSH to install .deb versions of tweaks and packages instead of using Cydia. Most people that use SSH are used to using the old-fashioned IP address, username, and password method to connect to their iDevice over Wi-Fi. This can be slow, annoying, and frustrating.

    iExplorer does away with the annoying IP addresses, usernames, and passwords. Simply connect your device to your computer via USB 30-pin connector and your entire device library is available to you:



    iExplorer has some perks over other software. Not only can use SSH without annoying codes, but you can also transfer your music library from your iDevice to your computer, or mount your iDevice as a disk so that you can use it as a USB flash drive. So it's a 3-in-1 program that's completely free thanks to MacroPlant. Both Mac users and Windows users can benefit from this awesome software.
    • Download iExplorer for Mac here.
    • Download iExplorer for Windows here.

    I've been using this application for ages. It works great. Simply plug in your iDevice and you're 'SSH-ed'. Will you be trying it with your iDevice? Share in the comments!

    Sources: MacroPlant
    This article was originally published in forum thread: [How To] SSH Into Your iDevice Easily With iExplorer started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 42 Comments
    1. metaljay's Avatar
      metaljay -
      This isn't actually SSH'ing into the device though lol
      Do you no what SSH means?

      I don't mean this offensively...
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by metaljay View Post
      This isn't actually SSH'ing into the device though lol
      Do you no what SSH means?

      I don't mean this offensively...
      It's not SSH'ing you're right. I just want readers to understand that it serves the same purpose as SSH.
    1. i.Annie's Avatar
      i.Annie -
      I just used this earlier today! I love it. It's plug and play, and no wifi required so when I'm not at home or at school I can still transfer files between my devices.
    1. iPhoenix3g's Avatar
      iPhoenix3g -
      Quote Originally Posted by metaljay View Post
      This isn't actually SSH'ing into the device though lol
      Do you no what SSH means?

      I don't mean this offensively...
      A little misleading title? But the software is great non the less.
    1. The_Durben's Avatar
      The_Durben -
      You can also use it to theme apps (non stock) on a 4S or other non Jailbroken device. Images inside apps are blacked out however if you have a skin you know works just replace the stock images in an app you want to "theme" with the already themed ones. Reboot device after and done. I have 7 apps fully themed (except the icon) on my 4S presently.
      Thanks PathKiller for the enlightenment
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by iPhoenix3g View Post
      A little misleading title? But the software is great non the less.
      I hope the changes to the title will be sufficient enough for future readers.
    1. geiman's Avatar
      geiman -
      Not to harp on it, but you really need to call it what it is. These types of posts are what help to confuse people. This has nothing to do with SSH.
    1. Legend_master's Avatar
      Legend_master -
      Does the device have to be Jailbroken to edit the files?
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by Legend_master View Post
      Does the device have to be Jailbroken to edit the files?
      To edit the system (root) files, yes.
    1. Maarten16's Avatar
      Maarten16 -
      I used to use iExplorer, but last week I was transferring parts from my theme to my iPhone, and iExplorer used >8GB (!!!!) of my memory on my iMac, which is just insane. Went back to Cyberduck.
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      Been using this handy little program for almost 2 years now. So much easier than SSH.
    1. ritchdan's Avatar
      ritchdan -
      I used this app a while ago when it was called iPhone explorer. I still prefer using ssh with usbmuxd. I know you still have to use username and password and jailbreak but It's just the way I have always done it.
    1. iPod's Avatar
      iPod -
      Quote Originally Posted by The_Durben View Post
      You can also use it to theme apps (non stock) on a 4S or other non Jailbroken device. Images inside apps are blacked out however if you have a skin you know works just replace the stock images in an app you want to "theme" with the already themed ones. Reboot device after and done. I have 7 apps fully themed (except the icon) on my 4S presently.
      Fo real?
    1. tellytel's Avatar
      tellytel -
      this has been out for awhile. Its called ifunbox
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by Maarten16 View Post
      I used to use iExplorer, but last week I was transferring parts from my theme to my iPhone, and iExplorer used >8GB (!!!!) of my memory on my iMac, which is just insane. Went back to Cyberduck.
      That sounds outrageous. It uses less than a few megabytes of RAM on my MacBook Pro.
    1. Legend_master's Avatar
      Legend_master -
      Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
      To edit the system (root) files, yes.

      Thanks, so that means I would be able to retrieve music, pictures, and other personal items without jailbreaking?
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by Legend_master View Post
      Thanks, so that means I would be able to retrieve music, pictures, and other personal items without jailbreaking?
      Correct.
    1. ice cream paradise's Avatar
      ice cream paradise -
      I like iPhone Browser better. Same thing but never had any problems. Windows only though
    1. blkcadi's Avatar
      blkcadi -
      I have been using it for a while also, love it. Much easier to navigate and no wifi needed, very cool.
    1. boxxa's Avatar
      boxxa -
      "SSH-ed"?Its accessing the file system through a USB process, not SSH. The iPhone Explorer actually advertised you can securely browse your iDevice to copy files WITHOUT having the security risk of SSH open on your device.