How to Connect to SMB Shares from iPhone & iPad with Files App

Have you ever wished you could connect to an SMB share from an iPhone or iPad? If you work with file servers, be it for work or pleasure, you’ll be excited to learn that connecting to SMB sha…

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I can access the SMB/CIFS/SAMBA shares on the iPhone via Files, but they all marked as read-only. Checking the smb.conf, the shares are clearly writable. This is demonstrated across my LAN from every machine. The issue is with the Files client.

Digging in on that issue, it struck me that the writes that I most frequently would be making are photos and videos, and it would be best if that happened automatically via a sync. The best I can find is an app called PhotoSync. I started at the free level and got it talking to my SAMBA server. When I went to try to sync the photos, I hit a paywall: “low quality only on free version. Pay $4.99 to enable full quality and a bunch of other features that you will never use.” And to get automatic sync to work, that is an additional $6.95 per year. I am holding off on that for now. I got the manual sync working. It is pretty snappy. 697 photos and videos took under 5 mins. There’s got to be a way around this auto sync issue, though.

Earlier, I was looking at ways to make all the things talk to each other without involving any cloud services. In particular, I’d like to figure out how to get the Roku to talk to the SAMBA server. The best I can find, however, is that it will talk to a DLNA server. I am loath to add any additional stress to the Pi 3B (not even a 3B+). The onedrive client has one of the cores at 100% 100% of the time, so making it stream, even 720, doesn’t sound like a great idea. I might be able to get away with leaning on the Pi 3B that I have connected to my stereo. This is running Kodi with the DLNA service enabled. I think I might go try this out. The real answer is to have it hit the SAMBA server directly, though. The Kodi box is already using SMB to connect back to the initial Pi, which is the SAMBA server. This sounds like a lot of extra bandwidth usage. Good thing they are wired!

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