I can't browse my iphone 5 (10.2.1) in windows 10 explorer, it doesn't show up as a volume.

  • The iphone is listed in the device manager, with a warning that it has no installed drivers.
  • Windows cannot find any drivers online ("iPhone has no driver"), nor in Apple's common program files (C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support).
  • I've uninstalled and reinstalled itunes, and the Apple mobile device USB drivers, as a precaution. Iphone is still listed as driverless in device manager.
  • I've installed the stand-alone Windows update (KB3099229_x64) containing media features that were excluded in my version of Windows 10 Pro N.
  • I've unlocked my device.
  • I've trusted the computer.
  • I've rebooted the device.
  • I've used three different USB ports.
  • Windows and iphone is updated.
  • Itunes can interface with the device with no problems.
  • Update: There are no hardware problems. Everything works on a Windows 7 computer.

So, why don't there exist any drivers for iphone 5 for Windows 10? Seems like a rather huge oversight.

  • Why do you need this? – user151019 Mar 12 '17 at 17:36
  • @Mark To access photos as a USB camera – Andreas Mar 12 '17 at 17:51
  • What OS is on the iPhone 5? (+1 for the detailed list of things you have tried. Hopefully there's a solution other than use iCloud or another sync method. Even if it's an open source library and bash/unix support on Windows) – bmike Mar 12 '17 at 19:09
  • @bmike I updated the question (iOS 10.2.1). I have a hard time even figuring out if it's the cable's fault; iTunes can play back music from the phone and list all contents on it, Ubuntu can mount it (but lists no content — not sure if that is a definite sign of hardware error), it charges the battery ok, and the device is visible to Windows device manager... – Andreas Mar 12 '17 at 21:17

You should try iExplorer for macOS and Windows. At $40 it is a bit pricy, but it is a virtual Swiss Army knife of an app for iOS devices. Worth every penny.

(Disclaimer: I'm a very satisfied user of iExplorer for macOS. No financial ties between me and Macroplant LLC.)

  • $40 sounds like current market value for my phone – Andreas Mar 13 '17 at 4:33
  • Macroplant has a free demo trial, I believe. Download it and see if it does what you need. – IconDaemon Mar 13 '17 at 11:42
  • Thanks. I might check it out if I need a workaround, but the same moment I accept not having drivers for the iPhone is the moment I no longer use iPhone :-) – Andreas Mar 14 '17 at 18:31
  • Take a look at this page I found in the Google universe. :-) Perhaps there is something you haven't tried yet. The site has an available app that downloads just the Windows <> iOS drivers. – IconDaemon Mar 14 '17 at 18:46

Take a look at this Post this one helped me to solve the issue for me while connecting iPhone to windows. Not every method works but some might really click if you're doing it right.

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