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?
    – mmmmmm
    Mar 12, 2017 at 17:36
  • @Mark To access photos as a USB camera
    – Andreas
    Mar 12, 2017 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, 2017 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, 2017 at 21:17

1 Answer 1


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, 2017 at 4:33
  • Macroplant has a free demo trial, I believe. Download it and see if it does what you need.
    – IconDaemon
    Mar 13, 2017 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, 2017 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, 2017 at 18:46

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