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Thread: How to sync Iphone 5 in virtualbox on Ubuntu 12.04

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin

    How to sync Iphone 5 in virtualbox on Ubuntu 12.04

    Hi friends,

    In this tutorial I am going to tell you how to sync Iphone 5 in a virtualbox in Ubuntu 12.04. First let me clear few things. There are ways to sync Iphone 5 directly with Ubuntu, I am not saying that this way is better than that or vice versa. This method is only for those who want to use iTunes to sync their Iphone and don't want to dual boot. Because dual booting is a real pain. So lets begin.

    1. You need to download the latest version of virtualbox and virtualbox extension pack from here.

    2. Install virtualbox first (its simple, just double click and install) then install extension pack (its simple too double click and install).

    3. Now you need to install Win XP/Vista/7 or whatever windows you want in your virtual box installation. For this tutorial I am considering that you installed XP.

    Screenshot from 2013-06-24 19:26:26.png

    4. Now you need to add your ubuntu username to "vboxusers" group. To do this execute following command:
    sudo usermod -G vboxusers -a username
    replace username with your username.

    5. Now after installation of XP is finished, logout from Ubuntu and log back in (this is to make usermod changes to take effect).

    6. Now connect your Iphone and you can cancel all the mounting notifications and popups.

    Screenshot from 2013-06-24 19:34:11.png

    7. Make sure that XP is not running in this step. Open virtualbox, right click over your XP installation and go to settings. Select USB from left menu, click on the icon in the right to add USB filter. You'll see an option of “Apple Inc.” select that and make sure that it is checked.

    Screenshot from 2013-06-24 19:36:05.png

    8. Now we are almost done. Disconnect Iphone and start XP. Inside XP install iTunes (you can download it from Apple's site).

    9. After installation of Itunes is finished start iTunes

    10. Connect Iphone iTunes will detect Iphone.

    Screenshot from 2013-06-24 19:40:59.jpg
    Last edited by c2tarun; June 24th, 2013 at 03:29 PM.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2011

    Re: How to sync Iphone 5 in virtualbox on Ubuntu 12.04

    Thanks - used, worked.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2014

    Re: How to sync Iphone 5 in virtualbox on Ubuntu 12.04

    what version of virutalbox?¿

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2013

    Re: How to sync Iphone 5 in virtualbox on Ubuntu 12.04

    Hey, lately I tried this with my iPod 5G and iTunes would not detect my iPod. Any help?


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