[4 Ways] Use iPhone as USB Drive Without iTunes

Can you use iPhone as a USB drive without iTunes and how? This post will give you answer, and you can select a suitable way to transfer your data between iPhone and Windows PC.


By Kathy / Updated on November 13, 2023

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Can I use my iPhone as a USB drive?


I sometimes need to carry files with me and transfer them from one computer to another. To do that I need to copy them to a flash drive. But then I leave that drive behind or lose it. Are there some ways that I can use my iPhone for that kind of storage?


And I don’t like to use iTunes, it’s not a good way to access my files such as slow transfer speed and some run-time errors. So I need to use iPhone as USB drive without iTunes. Thanks for your help!

- Users' Scenario

Can you use iPhone as a USB drive?

Even though Apple doesn’t bring users any file management feature on iPhone, it’s tough to access your iPhone data directly. There also exists some third-party applications that allow you to transfer files between iPhone and your Windows PC. So it is feasible to convert your iPhone to a USB drive.

With some frequent iTunes issues, such as “error 37 Windows”, some people prefer to find another way to finish the process without iTunes. From this article, you can get some useful ways to complete the data move such as FoneTool, iTools and more.

How to use iPhone as USB drive without iTunes

With different functions, these 4 apps below will help you transfer different files type. Now you can keep viewing these 4 ways to find the most suitable method according to your needs.

Use iPhone as USB drive with FoneTool easily

In this method, Allow me to introduce FoneTool, a professional iPhone transfer app. With this tool, you can easily transfer files and contacts from your iPhone to a PC seamlessly.

FoneTool offers you versatile features which let you can experience smooth and trouble-free data transfer.

Wide compatibility: This software is compatible with all iOS systems, including the latest iOS 17 and 16, and works well with Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7/XP.
Fast Speed: FoneTool can be the fastest way to transfer iPhone photos and videos. For example, you can transfer 100 photos in 3 seconds.
Preview and Select: Its Browse feature can help you preview the files to choose them, and you can selectively transfer data to a computer when you don't need to move the whole iPhone files.
Preserve original file quality: FoneTool will ensure your files keep in original quality. Then you can transfer your photos, music, and videos between the iPhone and PC without losing data.

Now you can click the download button below to get the tool, and here we will take transferring from iPhone to PC as an example to give you detailed instructions about how to use iPhone as USB drive on Windows 10 or other Windows PCs.

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Step 1. Connect your iPhone to the computer with a USB cable > Install and launch FoneTool > Choose Phone Transfer > Click iPhone to PC and tap Get Started.


Step 2. Check each icon to preview and select the files you’d like to move to the computer > Click OK to continue.


Step 3. Choose a storage path and check other settings from Transfer Settings > Tap Start Transfer to begin the task.


Use iPhone as USB drive wirelessly with Google Drive

With Google Drive, you can upload data including documents, images, audio files and videos on the iPhone and download them on the computer easily. Of course, you can also transfer files from computer to your iPhone with this app. It is noted that Google Drive only provides 15GB of storage for free users.

Now you can download and install Google Drive to start the data move.

Step 1. Open Google Drive app, and sign in it with your Google account. Click the “+” icon and tap Upload to select the files you want to upload.


Step 2. After uploading, you can go to the Google Drive website on your computer to download the files.

Convert iPhone as USB drive with iCloud

With iCloud, you can only access your iPhone photos and videos on the computer. And iCloud offers 5 GB of storage space for free users to sync their data. So if you don’t need to move large photos/videos, iCloud is available for the transfer process. And here’s how:

Turn on the iCloud Photos option from your iPhone: Settings > Photos > iCloud Photos. This operation will import all your photos and videos to iCloud. And you can download them on your PC to access.

Convert iPhone as USB drive using Files Explorer

To effortlessly access and transfer your iPhone photos and videos to a Windows PC, use Windows File Explorer and follow these simple steps to learn how to use iPhone as a USB drive:

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to the PC using a USB cable. Then Windows Explorer should automatically open, but if not, access it through the Start Menu or Taskbar.

Step 2. Find your iPhone listed as a Portable Device under This PC and click on it to access its contents.

Step 3. Enter the Internal Storage folder within the Portable Device and select the photos and videos you wish to transfer. 


Tip: If you encounter issues like an empty DCIM folder or are unable to transfer photos/videos from your iPhone to PC, you can go to this page to find a solution: Fixed - Can't Import Photos from iPhone to Windows 11/10/8/7.


That’s all about how to use iPhone as USB drive without iTunes, and according to the 4 ways, you can choose to transfer documents/videos/photos/contacts/music between iPhone and Windows PC.

Besides, it’s had to say that FoneTool would be the best transfer app. You can not only transfer files from iPhone to PC or PC to iPhone but also transfer data from iPhone to iPhone efficiently.

Kathy · Editor
Kathy is an editor of FoneTool, who prefers to help more users address a series of iOS-related problems. She likes traveling and being close to nature makes her relax. She is also keen to engage in social activities and spend much free time with her friends.