I dont know if this has been posted before, however, here's the guide to sync (not restore) your device via USB using Virtual Box Please Register or Log in to view images You can either follow the guide step by step, or use the little script I made. Code: 1. Add the Virtualbox repository and key as detailed on this page. Select the repository matching your distribution and add to /etc/apt/sources.list file. For example, the Intrepid Ibex line is: deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian intrepid non-free (You should change the "Intrepid" line with whichever Ubuntu Version you're using, and if you're not in Ubuntu, take a look at the VIrtualBox site) Now add the key for this repository. wget -q http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian/sun_vbox.asc -O- | sudo apt-key add - Now update your apt cache: sudo apt-get update 2. Remove the package virtualbox-ose: sudo apt-get autoremove virtualbox-ose Now install the latest Virtualbox, at the time of writing this is version 2.2. sudo apt-get install virtualbox-2.2 3. Add your username to the vboxusers group. Don't forget to substitute your username: sudo gpasswd -a YourUserName vboxusers (Replace "YourUserName" with yours, obviously) 4. We new entry in the file '/etc/fstab' to correct USB permissions. To do this, first you need to know what the group id (GID) is for the group vboxusers. Run this command: sed '/vboxusers/!d;s/vboxusers:x:\(.*\):.*/\1/' /etc/group The output should be a number. Now edit /etc/fstab and add the following line, but make sure you set the devgid= number to the output of the previous command. none /proc/bus/usb usbfs devgid=123,devmode=664 0 0 5. You can now start up Virtualbox, located under System → Sun Virtualbox . Create a new machine; the wizard will guide you, the details are outside of the scope for this howto. Within the settings for the machine, ensure both "Enable USB Controller" and "Enable USB 2.0 (EHCI) Controller" are ticked. You can also add a filter to make the iPhone/iTouch automatically pass thru here, otherwise you will have to manually select and enable it when plugged in. 6. Install Windows and iTunes in the VM. Windows XP and iTunes 8 is known to work. The Virtualbox guest addons are also recommended for performance and integration, but are not explicitly required. Again, the details of this are outside of scope, but are straightforward. 7. Boot the VM, plug in iPhone (and select it to be passed thru via the VM menu if you didn't add a filter before) and confirm iTunes detects it. All systems go for iLaunch! Note: I (JIMIneitor) tested this ny myself, and tested everything, evend restoring, and I can say that everything works excellent but restoring, you can sync, back-up, install apps, remove apps, everything, but you won't restore it using VirtualBox. Troubleshoot 1. iTunes error 0xe8000035: Windows sees the iPhone correctly, and attempts to download pictures, but iTunes doesn't connect correctly. One cause of this is MAX_USBFS_BUFFER_SIZE being too small in /drivers/usb/core/devio.c. The author had this problem in Hardy Heron. Here is how to recompile "only" this module for Hardy (thanks to remainder comment 2008-09-21 04:22:26): cd /usr/src sudo apt-get build-dep linux-source-2.6.24 sudo apt-get install linux-source-2.6.24 build-essential tar -jxvf /usr/src/linux-source-2.6.24.tar.bz2 cd linux-source-2.6.24/drivers/usb/core sudo perl -pi.bak -e 's/16384/131072/' devio.c make -C /lib/modules/`uname -r`/build/ M=`pwd` modules strip --strip-debug usbcore.ko sudo install -m644 -b usbcore.ko /lib/modules/`uname -r`/kernel/drivers/usb/core sudo depmod -ae sudo update-initramfs -u sudo reboot You could instead modify /drivers/usb/core/devio.c and recompile the whole kernel if you wanted to. Note that this error can also occur for lots of other reasons, including bad cables, 3rd party docks etc. Ask Google about this error for lots of other possibilities. 2. The VM seems to lock up at boot if an iPhone is plugged in at boot time. Try booting without the iPhone plugged in! Here's the script I promised: virtualbox.sh Important note: Make sure to read the whole script in order to understand it, because theres an error i couldnt workout. And the script only works with ubuntu"