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A bit of a perennial I’m afraid. My wife has filled up her iPhone 6
with photos, and wants them moved onto my computer. I’m running CentOS
7 patched about 30 minutes ago. Needless to say the computer can’t see the data on the iPhone, though it does recognise the phone as an iPhone.

Any suggestions (well any that don’t involve a steam roller, sledge hammer or GBH to the whole of Apple Inc)?

$ uname -a Linux tamar.home 3.10.0-327.36.1.el7.x86_64 #1 SMP Sun Sep 18 13:04:29
UTC 2016 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

Thanks, Martin


12 thoughts on - Photos On IPhone 6

  • Don’t know about iPhone, but with an Android phone, I would install an ftp server app and then ftp the files over to the computer. Alternately, start an ftp server on the computer and use an ftp client app on the phone to copy the files to the computer. Of course, this is assuming that iOS will let you have direct access to the photo directories.

  • I found a free ftp client on the Apple store which let me ftp pictures over to my Linux box (CentOS 6). For some reason, the iPhone would not let me see the video files.

  • Bowie Bailey wrote:

    There’s also MTP packages, that can speak directly. That’s what I
    installed on my 6 home workstation, and I can copy files to and from my Nook.


  • Am 20.10.2016 um 21:56 schrieb J Martin Rushton :

    Its some time ago but I haven’t any problems connecting an iPhone 4S via USB
    cable to a CentOS5 workstation. While using gthumb (gnome2) its important to unlock the phone (pin) … not sure what the equivalent for gthumb in gnome3 is.

  • On my android phone I have opencloud client (and I have opencloud server on one of the servers I maintain for the department). I’m sure there exists owncloud client for iPhone.


    Valeri Galtsev Sr System Administrator Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics University of Chicago Phone: 773-702-4247

  • Set up a dropbox account for your wife and install the Dropbox app. Choose the option to automatically upload images from the phone to Dropbox, then let it do its thing.

    Once the files are on dropbox, you can download them wherever you like.

  • Nook isn’t an iPhone though. Apple’s very proprietary. :)

    Is there a computer in the house with iTunes? For example, when my wife travels, she wants videos on her iPad. I transcode them for the iPad on a Linux or FreeBSD workstation, then scp them over to her Mac, and from there, put them into iTunes and from there, into the iPad.

    It’s less of a pain than it sounds, but is going on the premise that you have a computer with iTunes. I don’t know about it with a Windows version of iTunes, we’ve only done it with her Mac.

  • For the OP:
    Did you even try Google before asking the list? Google should always be your first choice.

    For Scott:
    If you install the VLC app on the iPad you can probably skip the transcoding and also having to add the video to iTunes first. You’ll only need to transcode the audio if it uses AC3, which is proprietary and the owners have been issuing takedown notices for any app using it (so VLC
    doesn’t support it). Otherwise VLC can handle any video format (the days of having to use a special profile just for an iPhone or iPad are long gone). You can then copy the videos directly into VLC using iTunes file sharing.

    ~ Brian Mathis

  • No, darn, no!! Not google, duckduckgo should be! Or any other web _search_



    Valeri Galtsev Sr System Administrator Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics University of Chicago Phone: 773-702-4247

  • Tried that a few years ago–I don’t remember why it didn’t work–it might have been as silly as her saying she didn’t want to be bothered with it.

    (But many thanks for reminding me. I may ask her to look at it again next time.)