How to download and upload documents to the iPhone using Wi-Fi?

  • Would you like to download photos from your iPhone without cable?
  • Would you like to have your documents (DOC, XLS, PDF etc.) in the iPhone?
  • How to transfer files between PC and iPhone using Discover app?

If you use your iPhone no only for calls and SMS, you probably know, that iPhone can open DOC documents, XLS sheets and PPT PowerPoint files created by Microsoft Office. You can read PDF, RTF files, text files and more formats supported by iPhone. It is not possible to upload theese documents to the iPhone using iTunes not like audio and video files. So you can only open documents which were attached to the email or some documents from websites.

Using Discover app you are able to download and upload files to your iPhone through Wi-Fi connection between iPhone and computer. You can create your own folders and read theese documents with Discover app.

1. What do you need?

  1. You need to install the Discover app. You can download and install if for free from AppStore.
  2. You need a Wi-Fi connection. Computer and iPhone must be connected to the same wireless network - the same SSID, same Access point. It is needed for successfull communication between PC and iPhone.

2. How to set up the wireless communication between PC and iPhone?

  1. At first i recommend to connect your iPhone to the power supply. Without power supply, Wi-Fi interface is deactivated after 30 seconds from switching to sleep mode. It is not necessary to do this step, only for less problems with communication during following next steps.
  2. Start Discover app on your iPhone. You will see the IP address of your iPhone on the first page (http://[iPhone IP address]:8888). Write down the iPhone IP address and click on "OK".
  3. Open Discover Write down the iPhone IP address

  4. Now you should check the communication between PC and iPhone. So click on the Windows Start button on the bottom left then click on "Run". Type "CMD" and click on "OK".
  5. Click on start and then on Run Type cmd

  6. The Windows command line will start. Type "ping [iPhone IP address] -t" (example: ping -t) to the command line and push "Enter".
  7. Try to ping your iPhone

  8. There may be a problem with communication sometimes. The most common reason is that iPhone has deactivated the Wi-Fi interface. If there is no respons from your iPhone's IP address, you have to "wake up" the Wi-Fi interface in the iPhone. You can do it easy. Click on the "Help" button on your iPhone in the Discover app. Scroll down to the end of the help page and click on the link "FAQ link". iPhone will load a webpage from the internet and it will activate the Wi-Fi interface. Now you should see the responses from the iPhone IP address in the Command Line on your PC. If you can see it, the communications is OK.
  9. Click on Help Click on FAQ link Click back

  10. It is recommended to let the ping command started during next steps. After you finnish with file transfers, you can stop the ping command using "CTRL+C".

3. How to trasfrer files using your web browser?

If you would like to transfer only single files, you can use your web browser..

  1. Start your web browser on your PC and try to open the address "http://[IP adresa iPhone]:8888" (example:
  2. Now you should see the Discover page loaded from your iPhone.
  3. Type the iphone address to your web browser

  4. On the left sidebar you will se the iPhone folders. If you would like to download any photo, choose the "Photos" and then "100APPLE" folder. You can download any photo using the "Download" link.
  5. Download photo

  6. You can create new directory using the "Add Directory" button, then put the folder name and click on "Accept".
  7. Click on create dir type name of new folder

  8. You can upload some files to the iPhone. Simply choose the target folder on your iPhone, then click on "Add Files", choose files from your computer and then click on the "Upload All" button. It will upload all choosen files to the iPhone.
  9. Uload file 1 Upload file 2 Upload file 3 Upload file 4 Upload file 5

4. How to add the iPhone storage drive as a Network Place in Windows?

Using web browser is not good for transfering more files. Discover app supports the WebDAV, so you can use your iPhone as a network storage place. Simple add a new network place in Windows or use davfs in Linux.

  1. Open "Computer" or "My computer" on your Windows system.
  2. Right click and choose "Add new network place".
  3. Right click and choose add new network place

  4. Click on "Next". On the next page click on "Choose your own network place" and click on "Next".
  5. Click next Click on the onw network place

  6. Put the address of your iPhone on the next page (example: and click on "Next".
  7. Type iphone address

  8. Type a name of your new network place and click on "Next".
  9. Type name of network place

  10. Click on "Finish".
  11. Network place added

  12. The new network place you will find in the "Computer" window.
  13. New iphone network place

  14. Now you can use your iPhone as a network storage device. Photos and other files simply drag and drop from iPhone to your PC or from you PC to the iPhone.
  15. Copy photos from network place Copy file to iPhone network place

5. How to open uploaded files on the iPhone?

You can go through folders and open uploaded files with Discover app. Start the Discover app on your iPhone, find a file which you would like to open and click on it. Here are some supported file formats:

  1. Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, a PowerPoint)
  3. Text files with color formating ( HTML C/C++, Objective C/C++, C#, Java, Javascript, XML, shell scripts, Perl, Ruby, Python, etc.)
  4. Video files (standard iPhone formats: H.264, MPEG-4, 3GPP, etc.)
  5. Audio files (standard iPhone formats: MP3 VBR, AAC, Audible, Apple Lossless, AIFF, WAV, CAF, etc.)
  6. Pictures (standard iPhone formats: GIF, PNG, JPG, TIFF, etc.)
  7. Discover homepage Documenty dir Uploaded documents

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