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How to SSH into iPhone, iPod Touch & iPad Using WinSCP?

The following step-by-step guide will explain you how you can SSH into your iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad using WinSCP. For those who don't know, SSH stands for "Secure Shell" and its a network protocol which allows you to transfer files and execute shell commands over a secure channel. If you have got a jailbroken iDevice, an SSH connection over a wireless network is the best way to explore its file file system.

Steps to SSH into your iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad By Using WinSCP

  1. First thing you need is a jailbroken iDevice. Click here to jailbreak your iPhone / iPod Touch with Spirit tool. If you are an iPad user, follow our step-by-step guide to jailbreak iPad OS 3.2 with Spirit tool here.
  2. After jailbreaking your iDevice, open Cydia and tap on the "Search" at the bottom.
  3. Cydia OpenSSH

  4. Type "OpenSSH" in the search field and click on the result!
  5. OpenSSH

  6. Install "OpenSSH" on your jailbroken device. It will not install any app icon on your device but will only help you to SSH into your device through different sources.
  7. Now download WinSCP from here.
  8. Install and run WinSCP. Make sure you have an active Wifi connection on your computer and iDevice.
  9. Now enter your iPhone's IP address under "Host Name:" field in WinSCP. Incase you don't know the IP address of your iDevice, check Wifi settings of your iDevice.
  10. Wifi IP Settings

  11. Enter "root" as "User name".
  12. Enter "alpine" as "Password".
  13. Click on the "Login" button and wait until successful connection is established.
  14. WinSCP iPhone

  15. Now click on the terminal button in the toolbar or press "CTRL+T" to execute terminal commands.
  16. WinSCP iPhone

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    Luke Dogg8 years, 7 months ago

    doesnt work………….

    rahul8 years, 7 months ago

    Even after repeating all the steps properly is empty for me. The search for installous is not showing any result

    Kassim Farrah8 years, 9 months ago

    Is the last couple of steps on the computer?

      Patrick Gumban8 years, 9 months ago

      Yes, the last couple of steps are performed on your computer. :)

    Tankingguan9 years, 7 months ago

    Thank you so much the sharing and it s helpful. But i encounter a problem is that after install the cydia, my batter charging bar ( the percentage meter ) has gone missing . Any Suggestion ?

    DrAgNtHeDeAd10 years, 1 month ago

    I did this all and went back to cydia the bigboss source
    was there and I clicked it And there nothing in there I need this
    Soure I can’t get any thingwith out it plez rely and help don’t troll on
    Me because I’m no nerd Not say being a nerd is a bad thing help

      Pramod10 years, 1 month ago

      You will still need an internet connection for your BigBoss repo to populate with the latest tweaks & stuff. Get onto a Wi-Fi & give it a whirl.

    jezza10 years, 6 months ago

    So to add cydia you need to go into cydia to add OpenSSH?? why would you want to add cydia when you already have it? am i missing something here?

    bubunix10 years, 8 months ago

    this information help me so much. thanks

    MARIAN10 years, 11 months ago

    HOW DO i REINSTALL OPENSSH IN CYDIA? message “cannot locate package” appears when i try to open it in cydia

    Salim10 years, 11 months ago


    I have installed the SSH and it’s working + I did all the steps several times, but i cant enter the winscp for my iphone(4.0.2).

    It give me (connection timed out)

    If anybody can help me

    Jose11 years, 3 months ago