Ubuntu – How to fix “Unhandled Error Lockdown” while attempting to mount an iOS 5 device

Being that at times I use a netbook for portability (the Macbook Air is too expensive), sometimes I would like to send multiple photos by email by connecting my iPhone 3GS smartphone to it, then moving the pictures. However, with iOS 5, until recently it was impossible to do as I was always getting the “Unhandled Error Lockdown” message. However, now I can mount iPhone 3GS in my Ubuntu. This is what I did (thanks FuelledbyKrawu):

  1. Open terminal, write it: sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pmcenery/ppa
  2. And that, write it: sudo apt-get update
  3. After that, write it: sudo apt-get upgrade
  4. Now, you need to install ifuse. Write it: sudo apt-get install ifuse
  5. First tool, write it: sudo apt-get install libimobiledevice2
  6. Second tool, write it: sudo apt-get install libimobiledevice-utils
  7. The final step, write it: idevicepair unpair && idevicepair pair

If nothing happens, just like me, replug your iDevice. Ubuntu will detect it. Here’s mine:

iPhone on Ubuntu


iPhone detected in gtkpod

By the way, if you want to install gtkpod, although you are not necessarily to do that, you can write: sudo apt-get install gtkpod in your terminal.

I hope this help you to get your iPhone or iPod mounted in Ubuntu.




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  • Agosto

    shame on you rafi… you start the post as it is your tip and then you paste the steps from other web.
    you do kinda give a credit.. but the post sucks bigtime when you dont specify that it is not your writing.

    • Hi Agosto,

      What’s wrong with what I posted? I personally had trouble with a specific problem, in this case Ubuntu and an iPhone talking to each other, found a solution, and posted the steps and screenshots on my blog. The blog, first and foremost, is a resource to help/remind me of problems/scripts I ran into the past, and anyone else that benefits from it is a bonus. Besides, with technical instructions it’s difficult to be original when someone already has written about it. And I did give credit to the blog that originally wrote the post.

      I’ve merely provided a resource where if someone has a problem they can access my blog. If there was another, better way to share ones content on another blog I’d be the first to want to know how it can get done. Any ideas?

  • Fred

    Thanks Rafi! it was a peice of cake, now I can see my Iphone.