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Your iPhone, iPad, or iPod is a storage device, like a flash drive for your music, photos, documents, and other files. When you connect your flash drive to your computer, it can access, read/write, and use the stored files. iExplorer 3 can mount your device to your computer and turn it into a flash drive. This links your device data to your computer's native file system where it can be accessed in desktop applications in the save/open dialogs as well as appearing in Finder or Windows Explorer.

What you will need

  • iExplorer
  • An iPhone, iPad, or iPod
  • A Mac or PC with iTunes installed
  • USB cable to connect your iPhone, iPad, or iPod

Before you begin

If you don't already have iExplorer installed, click here for more information, or download it using the link below.

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Automatic mounting is useful if you need to make regular or frequent connections and don't want to manually mount your device every time. If you only need a one-time or occasional connection, see the Manually Mounting a Directory tutorial.

To start automatically mounting a directory, just open iExplorer and connect your iPhone, iPad, or iPod.

You'll first see the Device Overview screen. You can then navigate to Media or Apps in the left-hand sidebar.

To choose a directory for automatic mounting, right-click on the directory and select Mount as Disk from the context menu.

A confirmation window will open. If you want iExplorer to start automatically mounting this directory whenever your device is connected and iExplorer is running, click Always Automatically.

Once confirmed, Finder or Windows Explorer will open with the directory mounted to your computer's file system like an external flash drive. Unmounting can be done by right-clicking that same directory and choosing Eject or by quitting iExplorer.

Have questions that aren't addressed here? Please visit our Support Center for iExplorer FAQs.
Feel free to contact us if your problem persists.

Macroplant Staff