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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Use iPhone to store files form your Computer in place of a USB Pen Driver

Flash drive

You know how USB Flash Drives are convenient, and easy to use, but hard to keep track of? We've all had this experience: You have a presentation at school/work, you load the powerpoint onto the little flash drive, and then when morning comes you haven't got the slightest clue about where the little USB drive is. Now you've gotta get back on the computer and email the file to yourself, and now you're late for work.
Well, wouldn't it be nice to be able to put the files onto something which you'll never lose? Like onto an item that's always in your pocket? Follow these steps and you'll be able to tranfer files from your computer (Windows/Mac OS X) to your iPhone or iPod Touch.

With this guide, you'll be able to transfer files to and from a PC/Mac through your iPhone, over WiFi or through a USB cable, so even when there's no internet, you'll have your files available. And it's all free.

Note: You will not be able to load these files and use them on your iPhone. In other words, you won't be able to listen to the song file or watch the video file, you'll simply be able to store it, and transfer to another computer. Just like a flash drive.

Over WiFi:


1. Download FileAid on your iPhone/iPod Touch

FileAid is a free app in the App Store. Download it here. 

2. Start the App, Click on the Share Icon


3. Right click Start, press Open

4. Enter ftp://______________________

In the blank, fill in the IP number:port it gives you in the application (just look at the app in your iPhone).


5. Drag and Drop

Just drag and drop whatever files you want stored on your iPhone/iPod Touch. To transfer them from the device to another computer, just drag them out. It's that easy.


1. Download FileAid on your iPhone/iPod Touch

2. Download and install Cyberduck

3. Click on the "Bonjour" tab and double click your device (iPhone/iPod Touch)

4. Check "Anonymous Login" and click "Login"

5. Drag and Drop Files

Tranfser via USB:

If you're transferring larger files, you might want to do it through a USB connection to your computer. Also, if you have to deal with a computer that doesn't have internet connection, this is the way to go (obviously.)


1. Download DiskAid for PC

The file is free, get it here. DiskAid is made by the same folks who make FileAid. 


2. Install and start it

3. Drag and Drop Files

You can also create folders to better organize the files. With DiskAid, you can transfer files to and from your device. It's very simple. 

Mac: (same as for Windows above)

1. Download DiskAid for Mac

The file is free, get it here. 

2. Install and start it 

3. Drag and Drop files from Finder 

Files supported by FileAid:

  • PDF 
  • MS Word 
  • MS Excel 
  • MS Powerpoint 
  • iWork Pages 
  • iWork Numbers 
  • iWork Keynotes 
  • OpenDocuments 
  • Plain Text 
  • RTF 
  • ZIP 
  • HTML 
  • Web Archives 
  • MP3 
  • AAC 
  • Audible 
  • Apple Lossless 
  • AIFF 
  • WAV 
  • CAF 
  • MPEG-4 
  • H.264 

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