Apple File Conduit 2 has been updated for iOS 13 firmware. Here’s how you can download and install AFC2 on iPhone/iPad.
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What is Apple File Conduit 2?
Apple File Conduit 2 unlocks filesystem access over USB on Windows or macOS on jailbroken devices. Originally developed by Saurik, the project is now maintained by Ichitaso.
Though you can still access the root folder through SFTP, AFC2 makes it way easier for the user to access the device’s root filesystem.
It’s fully plug-and-play, so all you have to do is connect your device via USB.
For those who don’t know, there are other similar tools around like Unrestr1ct0r and House Arrest Fix.
However, these unofficial alternatives break iTunes sync or grant partial access to app containers or directories. If you are using any of these tools, be sure to uninstall them before you install AFC2.
Why is root filesystem access important?
Root access allows you to poke around your device’s filesystem (core folders and sub-folders).
You can use Apple File Conduit 2 to fix a corrupt installation of Cydia, change your resolution, and replace the icons, ringtones, or other stock files.
Moreover, root access over USB is relatively easier since you don’t have to deal with SFTP or SSH utilities, which require a certain level of expertise.
While you may not use this feature daily, it’s a lifesaver if your device ever gets bricked after you install a bogus tweak or mess something up.
- A jailbroken iPhone, iPad, or iPod
- iOS 7-13 firmware
- A computer running macOS or Windows
- Apple File Conduit 2
- USB cable
How to install Apple File Conduit 2 from BigBoss repo
Step 1 First and foremost, remove any conflicting tool or utility from your device. This will make sure your device will not experience any errors down the line.
Step 2 Launch Cydia and head over to the Search tab.
Step 3 Input Apple File Conduit “2” and select the very first result that comes up. The official version of this package is available only on the BigBoss Cydia repository.
Step 4 Tap Install, then Confirm the installation and respring your device once it’s done.
As of the time of publication, the developer tested this AFC2 on iOS 13.7 and the following package managers:
- Cydia 1.1.36
- Sileo 2.0.0b5
- Zebra 1.1.12
- Installer 5.0b9
Set up your device
Before you access the filesystem, you must grant the necessary permissions to your computer. Setting your device up beforehand and downloading the necessary tools will ensure your PC gets unfettered access to your device in the future.
Step 5 Connect your device to your computer or laptop.
Step 6 Tap Trust when your iPhone or iPad prompts you to trust the computer.
Step 7 Download and install iFunBox utility on your computer or laptop. If you are using a MacBook or iMac, open the DMG file and move it to “Applications”. For those of you who are on Windows, run the setup and add a shortcut to iFunBox on your desktop.
If you use the Linux operating system, you are out of luck as iFunBox is incompatible with it.
Access the root filesystem using iFunBox
Step 8 Go to Applications and launch iFunBox. If you are on Windows, launch the utility from your desktop.
Step 9 Select the Raw File System option from the sidebar to access the root folder and its sub-folders. If it doesn’t work on your device, restart the SpringBoard.
Step 10 (Optional) Unlike other tools, iTunes syncing works splendidly with Apple File Conduit 2. To check if it’s working, open iTunes and check if it’s able to sync your device properly.
If you run into issues with Apple File Conduit, feel free to leave a comment below.