Guide: How to SSH files to iPhone / iPod Touch (Windows)

These are instructions on how to transfer files to your iPhone using WinSCP. To follow this tutorial you need to have a jailbroken iPhone with SSH installed. You can find instructions on how to jailbreak your iPhone here


The first thing you would like to know is what SSH is. SSH stands for secure shell that is commonly used in Unix/Linux environment. You can use SSH to access a remote a computer and execute commands from another machine that may be miles away. Additionally, you can use it to transfer files to the remote computer, just like FTP

Step One
Press the Cydia icon on your Springboard


Guide: How to SSH files to iPhone / iPod Touch (Windows)

Step Two
Press to select the Sections tab at the bottom of the screen.
Guide: How to SSH files to iPhone / iPod Touch (Windows)

Step Three
Press to select Networking from the list of Sections.
Guide: How to SSH files to iPhone / iPod Touch (Windows)

Step Four
Press to select OpenSSH from the list of Packages.
Guide: How to SSH files to iPhone / iPod Touch (Windows)

Step Five
Press the Install button at the top right of the screen.
Guide: How to SSH files to iPhone / iPod Touch (Windows)

Step Six
Press the Confirm button at the top right of the screen.
Guide: How to SSH files to iPhone / iPod Touch (Windows)

Step Seven
Once installation has completed successfully press the large Return to Cydia button.
Guide: How to SSH files to iPhone / iPod Touch (Windows)

Step Eight
Hit the home button on your iPhone to return to the Springboard.
Guide: How to SSH files to iPhone / iPod Touch (Windows)

Step Nine
We must now obtain the IP Address of the iPhone. To do this press the Settings button on your Springboard.
Guide: How to SSH files to iPhone / iPod Touch (Windows)

Step Ten
Press to select Wi-Fi from the Settings Menu
Guide: How to SSH files to iPhone / iPod Touch (Windows)

Step Eleven
Make sure you are connected to a wireless network then press the circular blue arrow button.
Guide: How to SSH files to iPhone / iPod Touch (Windows)

Step Twelve
Take note of your IP address from the Wi-Fi details screen
Guide: How to SSH files to iPhone / iPod Touch (Windows)

Step Thirteen
Make sure you are on the same wireless network as your iPhone and launch WinSCP by clicking it on your desktop, or in the start menu. You can download WinSCP from here.
Guide: How to SSH files to iPhone / iPod Touch (Windows)

Step Fourteen
Once WinSCP opens, enter your iPhone's IP Address into the Host Name Field. Then enter root as your iPhone username and and alpine as the password. Then click Login.
Guide: How to SSH files to iPhone / iPod Touch (Windows)

Step Fifteen
You will now see WinSCP connecting to your iPhone. The first time you login using SSH, it may take 30-45 seconds.
Guide: How to SSH files to iPhone / iPod Touch (Windows)

Step Sixteen
If a Warning dialogue pops up, click Update or Add
Guide: How to SSH files to iPhone / iPod Touch (Windows)

Step Seventeen
After about 30-45 seconds, WinSCP should successfully log you into your iPhone. You will be placed in the /private/var/root directory.
Guide: How to SSH files to iPhone / iPod Touch (Windows)

Step Eighteen
To get to the root folder of the iPhone you can select / from the dropdown on the right side of the window. From here you can access all the folders on your iPhone for example the Applications folder
Guide: How to SSH files to iPhone / iPod Touch (Windows)

Step Nineteen
To transfer a file to the iPhone simply locate your local (on your computer) file using the left pane. Then navigate to the desired location in the right pane. Drag the file from the left pane to the right pane to copy the file to your iPhone.
Guide: How to SSH files to iPhone / iPod Touch (Windows)

**Note**
As user dlr stated, it is a good idea to set auto-lock to never. You can do this by going to Settings>>>General>>>Auto-Lock and set to never.

[Thx to the folks at iclarified for this guide]





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