How To Sideload iOS Apps On Windows, Mac With Cydia Impactor [No Jailbreak Required]

Here’s how to sideload iOS apps to iPhone or iPad on Windows or Mac using the Cydia Impactor tool. No jailbreak is required for this to work!

We’ve already discussed how to sideload IPA records and applications onto Apple’s iOS gadgets utilizing Xcode, however that, as you may know, accompanies the impediment of having to either be utilizing a Mac or running a Hackintosh. Today, to try and bypass that limitation, we’re going to look at achieving the same result, but this time on Windows and Mac, using the fantastic and extremely powerful Cydia Impactor tool.

Sideloading IPA Files with Cydia Impactor

How To Sideload iOS Apps With Cydia Impactor Step 1:

First up, you’ll need to download the Cydia Impactor tool. It’s a free-of-charge download, and you can get it from cydiaimpactor.com. You will, of course, need to download the right version for your OS, so either macOS or Windows. Once that is done, extract the contents of the downloaded Cydia Impactor package and make sure to save the files somewhere safe on the machine.

How To Sideload iOS Apps With Cydia Impactor Step 2:

Now, you will need to have the IPA file of the app in question that you want to sideload. This IPA will be entirely different for every application, but of course, will have been created in the same manner. Note that DEB files don’t work with Cydia Impactor.

How To Sideload iOS Apps With Cydia Impactor Step 3:

Once you have got the IPA file of the app you want to sideload, connect the iOS device in question to your Mac or PC via USB, and make sure that the latest version of iTunes is installed on that machine.

How To Sideload iOS Apps With Cydia Impactor Step 4:

Launch Cydia Impactor executable file from the stored files downloaded above.

Launch

How To Sideload iOS Apps With Cydia Impactor Step 5:

When Cydia Impactor is launched, select the connected device from the first drop-down.

Select device

How To Sideload iOS Apps With Cydia Impactor Step 6:

Now, drag and drop the downloaded app’s IPA file onto the Cydia Impactor window. It will then ask for an Apple ID of an Apple Developer account (free or paid, both will work) to sign the app with for side loading on the

Now, drag and drop the downloaded app’s IPA file onto the Cydia Impactor window. It will then ask for an Apple ID of an Apple Developer account (free or paid, both will work) to sign the app with for side loading on the device

impactor

How To Sideload iOS Apps With Cydia Impactor Step 7:

Enter a valid Apple ID and password of an Apple Developer account and click OK. It is important to note here that using a free Apple Developer account ID will cause the app’s certificate to expire in seven days, after which you will have to repeat this process. A full Apple Developer ID signs with certificates that remain valid for a year.

Apple ID

How To Sideload iOS Apps With Cydia Impactor Step 8:

When you receive a dialogue warning advising that any existing Apple Developer certificate will be revoked and replaced, select OK to continue.

impactor warning

Step 9:

Cydia Impactor will handle the heavy lifting of fetching the relevant certificates from Apple’s developer portal, and will digitally sign the IPA to validate it. This may take a few seconds, so please wait patiently.

Step 10:

Once the app has been sideloaded and you see the app’s icon on the Home screen, head into Settings > General > Profile & Device Management and find the profile that it just installed for your app. You will need to tap on it and Trust the certificate to allow it to run.

Trust

That’s it. You can now go back to the Home screen and tap on the sideloaded app’s icon to run it on your non-jailbroken iPhone or iPad.

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