If you need to sideload an app onto iOS it can be a little troublesome. Apple doesn't want you to do that. However, there are still ways to do it.

We do not support piracy and we strongly discourage sideloading cracked apps onto your device, for moral and safety reasons.

In order to sideload an .IPA file, which is essentially an packaged app, onto iOS, you need two things; an Apple ID with a free developer license (a paid one will work better but it's not a requirement) and Cydia Impactor made by Jay Freeman, a famous hacker and the creator of the Cydia Store running on all jailbroken devices.

Set up a free developer account

In order to set up a free developer account, you need to have an Apple ID which you can sign up for here if you don't have one already. If you have a paid developer account or if you already have a free one, you can skip this step.

Once you have your Apple ID, you need to sign up for a free developer account. In order to do that, follow these steps:

  1. Go to developer.apple.com and log in with your Apple ID.

  2. Accept the Terms of Use (nobody reads it, let's be honest) and proceed to next step.

  3. Congratulations! You now have a free Apple Developer account.

Sideload .IPA files with a Paid or Free Developer Account

In order to sideload .IPA files onto your iOS device, you need to download Cydia Impactor for your platform. It's available for macOS, Windows and GNU/Linux which means it should work on your machine unless you're running ChromeOS.

  1. Install Cydia Impactor by mounting the .DMG file (just double-click it) on macOS then moving the .APP file to your Applications folder, or running the .EXE file in Windows.

  2. When you launch Cydia Impactor, you will be presented with this screen:

  1. In order to sideload your desired .IPA file, connect your iOS device to your PC, select "Trust this computer" when the prompt shows up on your iOS device and just drag and drop the file on the application window.

  2. The Cydia Impactor will ask you for your Apple ID credentials which won't work if you don't have a free or paid developer account. If you have two-factor authentication enabled, you will have to generate an "App password" here and input it as your password in the Impactor password field.

  3. Once you entered your credentials correctly, the app will show up on your home screen and you're ready to go.

Do note that the app will stop working after seven days if you have a free developer account, which means that you will have to repeat the sideload process in order to get it to work again. Paid developer accounts can have apps sideloaded for a whole year.

Sideload .IPA files with a Paid Apple Developer Team account.

If you are part of a bigger company which has a paid team developer account, you can use that in order to sign your .IPA file for a whole year. This requires a little different method than a regular developer account.

  1. Install Cydia Impactor by mounting the .DMG file (just double-click it) on macOS then moving the .APP file to your Applications folder, or running the .EXE file in Windows.

  2. When you launch Cydia Impactor, you will be presented with this screen:

  1. In order to sideload your desired .IPA file, connect your iOS device to your PC, select "Trust this computer" when the prompt shows up on your iOS device and just drag and drop the file on the application window.

  2. The Cydia Impactor will ask you for your Apple ID credentials that are connected to the Paid Apple Developer Team. If you have two-factor authentication enabled, you will have to generate an "App password" here and input it as your password in the Impactor password field.

  3. After the application loads your credentials, it will show you a pop-up asking you to chose between your personal team and you business team. Select the business one.

  1. Once you entered your credentials correctly, the app will show up on your home screen and you're ready to go.

There you have it. This is how you sideload an .IPA file onto your iOS device. Do note that this can be used for piracy but we strongly discourage it. Piracy is theft and you're stealing from developers who worked hard to bring you the applications. Also, this poses a security risk as sideloading cracked (pirated) .IPA files onto your iDevice can infect it with malware and steal your personal data. Never install .IPA files from untrusted sources. Never.

What apps do you sideload to your devices? Let us know in the comment section below!