Usually, a Mac or iTunes on a Windows PC is the best way to access files on an iPhone. Well, sometimes you might also want to access the files on linux for backup and recovery reasons. Here’s how on Ubuntu…
Introduction and Disclaimer
It may be difficult to access an iPhone on Linux, because it is not officially supported by Apple - and Apple tends to change the transfer and security protocols sometimes. So maybe the described method won’t work in the future or maybe you will lose your files… don’t blame me.
Plugin your iPhone via USB cable, then run the following commands:
# install required packages sudo apt install libimobiledevice6 libimobiledevice-utils ifuse # pair device # note: maybe interaction like entering the access code on the phone is required # rerun this command after entering the PIN until you get a success message idevicepair pair # enable multiple connections usbmuxd -f -v # create mount point sudo mkdir /media/iphone # mount your device as userspace filesystem (FUSE) ifuse /media/iphone # open files in favorite file explorer (Desktop OS only) xdg-open /media/iphone # unmount phone after file transfer fusermount -u /media/iphone # alternate method: ifuse -u /media/iphone