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Connecting iPhone to VirtualBox may be tricky, but is still doable if you know how to. In the first place, you’ll need to organize VirtualBox USB passthrough from your host computer to the virtual machine.
And here comes some cheering news: in this very article you’ll find not one, but two methods explaining how to use the smartphone from within the virtual machine. Which one will fit you most is up to you, so read on and take a pick.
USB Network Gate is a professional-grade application purposely designed to redirect traffic from USB ports.
The app is completely compatible with all the popular hypervisors, e.g. VMWare, Hyper-V, and VirtualBox, so you can use it to ensure safe access from a VirtualBox to an iPhone not only from a host PC but from a remote machine (so long as it’s connected to your local network or the Internet).
Here you can find a detailed video guide on how to connect iOS devices to VirtualBox:
Once the final step is complete, you’ll see your iPhone in the Device Manager of the VM’s guest OS. In the same way, you can set up a VirtualBox to iPad connection. Or, for that matter, redirect any device with iOS to VirtualBox.
Here is another way to connect an iOS device to VirtualBox — a so-called native method. It may seem rather trickish, especially compared to the usability of the above-mentioned dedicated app. But bear with us for a little bit longer, and we’ll figure this out.
Steps you’ll need to go through before connecting iPhone to VirtualBox with the native method:
This is how to do it:
OK, now we’re all set for your iPhone redirection to the VM.
Alternatively, after hooking your iPhone up, you can right-click the icon that looks like a tiny USB connector (it’s in the bottom panel of VirtualBox Manager) to expand the list of available devices. Ticked devices are connected to the VM, and unticked — to the host system. So, tick your iPhone to redirect it to the VM.
After that, your iPhone becomes accessible from the VirtualBox. However, it must be noted that you can only install iTunes on a Windows VM or a macOS VM.