Many iPhone developers rely on the virtual environment when testing their applications. However, even when the iPhone is connected via USB, when connecting an iPhone to Mac it may still not be recognized by VirtualBox. So, a few questions arise: is it possible to connect iPhone to VirtualBox and test apps in macOS hosted on VM? And if there are any alternatives that will allow redirecting iPhone to VirtualBox that emulates Mac?
We will provide extensive answers to both of these questions in the article to follow, so read on.
In order to connect an iPhone to VirtualBox, you have to install the most current version of VirtualBox on a guest machine running either the Windows or Linux operating system. It is important to also install the extension pack that provides additional VirtualBox features.
The extension pack adds some interesting features to the versatility of VirtualBox. The addition that is of the most interest to us is VirtualBox USB passthrough - the additional support afforded for USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 devices. This functionality enables the connection of your iPhone to your VirtualBox instance.
If VirtualBox does not recognize iPhone, do the following:
With the above configuration, you can use Xcode from inside of VirtualBox to install, test, and debug iPhone apps.
USB support is not provided by default in many virtualization solutions. In situations where VirtualBox does not recognize the iPhone, a third-party software tool can solve the problem.
FlexiHub works its magic with advanced port redirection technology, enabling the data transmission from USB devices to be redirected to virtual machines. Secure connections can be created with the help of FlexiHub over any type of IP-based network. Easily connect virtual environments from VMware, VirtualBox, Hyper-V, and others to iPad, iPhones, or any other device using a USB interface.
Here is a handy video guide:
The attached iPhone will be immediately recognized on the client after the connection is initiated.
FlexiHub has proven to be a reliable solution for connecting an iPhone to a VirtualBox session. There are several advantages to using this dedicated software as opposed to the native capabilities of your virtual environment. Here are some of the benefits that FlexiHub provides.
If you are looking for a way to enable VirtualBox for iPhone connectivity, FlexiHub has proven to be efficient in redirecting USB devices to virtual machines. Connecting your iPhone to VirtualBox with this dedicated software has many advantages. Here are some of them.