I'm looking for an app which provides functionality similar to Apple Finder's "SHARED" feature, or Microsoft Windows Explorer's Network Neighborhood. Basically, I should be able to use my iPhone to access shared files on computers that are on my same network. Any suggestions?


  1. Doesn't require software to be downloaded/running on any of your machines. The only piece of software the solution requires is the iPhone App.
  2. You should only be able to access files that are shared on the network.
  3. You should be able to access files on network drives that aren't connected to computers (e.g. NAS).
  4. Doesn't require jailbreaking the phone.

Examples of things I'm not looking for:

  • A screen sharing solution (e.g. remote desktop, logmein, etc.), this violates #1 and #2 above.
  • Far Finder: violates #1 and #2, possibly #3 as well.
  • Senseful, can you clarify one thing? I'd like to know if you're trying to browse files on shared drives/folders on another machine on your network. Far Finder (one of the answers below) seems to be directed at browsing local files on one machine, not on network shares.
    – Ben Wyatt
    Oct 28, 2010 at 14:21
  • @Ben: I'm talking about being able to access shared files/folders on your network. For example, it should provide the same functionality as Network Neighborhood on Windows. Or the Shared category in Finder on a Mac. Thus, if Far Finder only allows you to view files on one PC, this is not what I'm looking for.
    – Senseful
    Oct 29, 2010 at 9:22
  • Thanks for the updates to the problem. Deleted earlier answer since it wouldn't match at all, and included a new one.
    – jmlumpkin
    Oct 29, 2010 at 17:44
  • I believe there is no way of doing such an app otherwise it would have been done already. If you remove requirement #4 and allow jailbreak, at other hand, there are plenty options. And I'm not sure what you mean on requirement #3 but if you're ok with browsing files only through a web browser, then you might find few options on apple store.
    – cregox
    Dec 27, 2010 at 16:43
  • @Cawas: see Robert Fisher's answer. It meets all the requirements.
    – Senseful
    Dec 27, 2010 at 18:23

4 Answers 4


I think NetPortal by Stratospherix may do what you want. I use their FileBrowser for iPad, but I haven’t tried NetPortal, which is their iPhone version. They also have a free NetPortalLite version.

(Sorry, I don’t have the rep to include more than one hyperlink.)

  • This does exactly what I want. The only issue is that you have to enter in each computer's address (e.g. IP address, or its name) before you can connect to it. I like how Explorer and Finder show you which computers are available to connect to.
    – Senseful
    Oct 29, 2010 at 19:12

You are going to need an AFP or SMB client then - thats what the machines themselves are doing. I don't think there are any AFP or SMB clients in the app store - therefore you may have to jailbreak your phone to use one - and after a few searches, still don't know if there are any available (I do however find a lot of options for mounting your iPhone on your Mac).

  • I don't want to jailbreak my phone. Thanks for the info though. By the way, what do AFP and SMB stand for?
    – Senseful
    Oct 29, 2010 at 17:30
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    AFP = Apple Filing Protocol , and SMB = Server Message Block. AFP is basically the network file sharing built into the Mac OS, while SMB is the similar thing on Windows. The way you see these shares on other machines is done through these protocols. Ive never seen a client similar to this in the App Store.
    – jmlumpkin
    Oct 29, 2010 at 17:46

You can try LogMeIn. It's a service for the Mac that sits in your menu bar and an application for the iPhone that gives you VNC/RDC-like access to your Mac. I've had great success with it in the past and the free service is really easy to use.

  • I'm looking for a solution which doesn't use screen sharing (or something similar). I want an interface that is optimized for an iPhone and doesn't require me to login to another PC.
    – Senseful
    Oct 28, 2010 at 4:12
  • I'm not sure how you would be able to look at a any PC's files without having to log into it first. Oct 29, 2010 at 9:23
  • I updated the specs, so you might want to update your answer.
    – Senseful
    Oct 29, 2010 at 9:23
  • That's the only answer to this one I have. Sorry. Oct 29, 2010 at 9:24
  • Well, think about a computer that accesses another computer's files across the network (e.g. via Finder or Explorer). If those files are shared, it won't ask for a username/password. I do this all the time. It stands to reason that an iPhone should be able to do the same thing.
    – Senseful
    Oct 29, 2010 at 9:28

Remote file browser, works well.

  • Answers on Ask Different need to be more than just a link. It's okay to include a link, but please elaborate on why you are recommending this solution and how it solves the problem described in the question.
    – nohillside
    Jul 31, 2013 at 22:20
  • in response to your search, I was looking for the exact same app for iPhone when I came upon this thread, however I tried the app in the comment above me and it worked a treat. I can access files shared from a hard drive attached to my wireless router directly without having to go through another remote computer. +1 for this app :D
    – user60046
    Oct 22, 2013 at 17:34

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