Is it possible to access Yime Capsule's files from iPhone? On my Mac I'm simply connecting to afp:// and I have my data.

But on my iPhone, when I try to connect (e.g. from Safari) I get an error.

Is it possible to browse AFP servers from iOS? Or maybe there's a way to enable WebDAV on it?

  • Is this about AFP specifically? Or would using SSH be OK?
    – GEdgar
    Commented Jul 30, 2011 at 13:27
  • I have a disk connected to my TC via USB. I want e.g. play music or watch movies on it. I can do it on Mac, but not on my iPhone... Commented Jul 30, 2011 at 14:05

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It is not possible to access server shares from Apple's iOS. iOS does not have a Samba or AFP client, and thus, cannot handle these requests.

Time Capsule uses modified AirPort Extreme firmware and supports AFP and SMB file-sharing protocols.

Unfortunately, this is the extent of your capabilities of accessing files on Time Capsule from iOS. Sorry :(


Oplayer HD is a great app. I use it just for watching videos of any format and last time I used it I saw it also had automatically connected to my data folder on the time capsule. Meaning I can download movies onto the time capsule and then watch them from my IPad. super convenient. Oplayer doesn't open every file, but more than you would think.


Use file browser on iTunes it'll do the job


It is possible with 3rd party software.

There are dozens of apps in the App Store for browsing afp/smb network shares, including Time Capsule internal drive. Some apps focus on video, some focus on documents, some trying to do both.

  • Thanks for your answer. Instead of sending people to the Store to search for themselves, can you list at least one or two apps which actually do help here?
    – nohillside
    Commented Aug 3, 2013 at 17:24
  • I thought about that, and decided to not link any apps. a) I'm not an expert on the subject, because I don't own all the apps in question. b) the two I use are paid apps, and I'm not 100% happy with them c) it's fairly easy to do a search for "afp video" or "smb documents" and find a bunch of free apps to try d) apple.stackexchange.com/questions/3495/…
    – Sergei
    Commented Aug 4, 2013 at 6:45

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