Access iPhone File System on Desktop Using SSHFS

Previously, we’ve discussed the functionalities of sshfs and MacFUSE, which is essentially the Mac adaptation of FUSE (File-system in USErspace). While it’s already known that MacFUSE/sshfs can be used to manage files on your iPhone, many might not have considered this method.

It offers a seamless way to integrate your iPhone with your Mac’s Finder as if it were an external hard drive.

To set this up, you’ll need to activate ssh on your iPhone. Following this, install MacFUSE and initiate sshfs.

You’ll be prompted to enter the Server name (use your iPhone’s IP address) and Username (default is “root”). Once authenticated, a simple boom, and your iPhone will appear in the Finder sidebar as a newly connected device.


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