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iPhone File Storage Apps

iPhone Apps to Turn Your iPhone into a Wi-Fi Flash Drive

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One of the most popular types of app on the iPhone is the file storage app. These apps allow you to turn your iPhone into Wi-Fi storage of your files. This is perfect for the Web designer who works on multiple sites at multiple locations or who uses more than one machine to test or build pages. There are many more iPhone file storage apps than I was able to test. These are just a few available. Check iTunes for more. These apps are listed in order of price.

Discover

Discover
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Discover is a wireless flash drive that connects with the photos you take or download on your iPhone. You can create directories, store files in public and private directories and connect to your iPhone in a browser or WebDAV client. One thing I like about it is that it tells you how much free space you have on the device. You can also read files that you've uploaded.

This app is free.

Files lite

Files lite
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Files lite is the free version of Files. It is a nice reader that will read PDF and DOC files. This is a great program for reading documents on your iPhone. There is a limit of 200MB in the free version, and you don't get password protection of files or bookmarking within a file.

This app is free.

MobileFiles

MobileFiles
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MobileFiles is the free version of the MobileFiles Pro app. It connects to your Apple MobileMe account. So you can access files that you've stored on your MobileMe account on your iPhone. MobileFiles allows you to read your files on your iPhone even if you're not connected to your MobileMe account.

This app is free.

MyFiles

MyFiles
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MyFiles is an iPhone app that connects to your free Badongo.com account. You can store files on your Badongo account and then access them for offline reading. If you have a Badongo account, this is a great application. If you don't, it's a free account.

This app is free.

MobileStudio

MobileStudio
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MobileStudio offers a lot of features for a file storage app. You can edit and view dozens of different file formats. You can even create new text files, images, and sound. While there is some security in the access password, once you are connected there are no passwords associated with this app. But it's easy to start and stop sharing. Just be sure to share only on trusted Wi-Fi networks and only when you need to transfer files. What I like is that it has visual help files for getting connected on a Mac, XP, and Vista.

This app costs $1.99.

Air Sharing

Air Sharing
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Air Sharing is a very easy to use iPhone file storage app. It includes the URL to connect to your iPhone via Wi-Fi right at the bottom of the screen. You can set an access password so that people who might see your device over Wi-Fi can only connect with a password. You can set a sleep function to turn off sharing after a set number of minutes of inactivity. It will even play a slideshow of your photos. There is also a help file that explains the entire app in detail and how to connect using Mac, Windows, Linux, or a Web browser.

This app costs $4.99.

Files

Files extends Files lite to password protect your files and has no storage limit. It also includes bookmarks for longer documents and remembers where you were in a document when you return to it later.

This app costs $6.99.

MobileFiles Pro

MobileFiles Pro extends MobileFiles to allow you to store files from Wi-Fi rather than just your MobileMe account. You can edit XLS and many other documents as well as transfer files by email.

This app costs $9.99.

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