Is it at all possible for a virtual machine running Windows 7/8.1/10 on VMWare or VirtualBox on a Ubuntu GNOME 15.10 host, to detect an iPhone 4S running iOS 9.2.1 as an iPhone and for iTunes on the virtual machine to sync and backup the iPhone? I've tried it many times and I could only get the virtual machine to detect my phone as a storage device, not a phone and therefore I couldn't sync it. I'm trying to do this so I can switch from Windows to Ubuntu for good, and this is the only obstacle. I'd appreciate any help with this.
I found the following procedure listed on a couple of forums and websites. Just tried it out with my iPhone 5S on a Windows 7 VM with a Ubuntu 14.04 host and it works fine.
- Install VirtualBox and the VirtualBox Extension Pack. Find them both here. Create a Windows virtual machine.
On your host Ubuntu machine, run the following command -
sudo usermod -a -G vboxusers <USERNAME>
<USERNAME>with your username, of course.
Log out and log back in. (This seems to be important!)
Run VirtualBox. Open the Settings to your Windows VM. Under the USB tab you'll be able to choose your Apple device by clicking on the
+button on the right.
Run your Windows VM now and install iTunes. You'll be able to sync and backup like normal.
Hope this helps you out!