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Move any file from iPhone to desktop via USB

Posted by onlydarksets on October 2, 2008

I found a way to copy a file (from any directory) from a jailbroken iPhone to any computer using the USB sync cable.  After typing this up, I did find one other reference to this process, although it seems to have a couple of extra steps that aren’t necessary (i.e., manzana).

This is handy in a couple of situations:

  1. Where you don’t have wifi (like work), so you can’t SFTP.
  2. Where the file is large (e.g., downloads from MXTube)

You need MobileFinder (or MobileTerminal) installed.  You do not need iTunes installed.  See the steps after the break.

Here are the steps:

  1. Locate the file you want to transfer

  2. Select the File button on the bottom, then select Copy (or Move)

  3. Navigate to the DCIM directory (/private/var/mobile/Media/DCIM) and select Paste

  4. Rename as a .jpg (make sure to “cancel” the autocorrect that tries to change “jpg” to “jog”)
  5. In Windows XP, open the Apple iPhone camera folder (of course, this should also work in Vista and OS X) Note: you may need to refresh the folder to get the file to showup.

  6. Copy the file to the desktop (which will use the USB)
  7. Rename it to the appropriate extension

I downloaded a large video file (220MB) via MXTube, and the whole process took about 2 minutes.  Just beware that copying large files to the DCIM directory (as opposed to moving them) on the iPhone takes a while.

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