Cydia Impactor – IPA File Installer Guide

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Are you confused about installing iOS .ipa files? Want to know more about Cydia Impactor? Then keep reading while we tell you everything you need to know. Cydia Impactor is the only tool that will successfully sideload .ipa files; these are for those apps that Apple will not sign, like Panda Helper third-party app installer.cydia impactor app

Great news – it’s FREE

Really, it is FREE to use. Interested? Keep reading.

Before You Begin:

Don’t go downloading Cydia Impactor before you read these important notes:

  • You must use your Apple ID/Password with Cydia Impactor. Don’t want to use yours? Set up another free account just for Cydia Impactor
  • With a free Apple ID, be aware; your app certificates must be reinstalled every 7 days because they will expire.
  • With a paid account this won’t happen for 12 months
  • iTunes must be up to date on your computer

Let’s get down to it

Download Cydia Impactor:

The Download button will take you to the direct download links for Mac, Windows, and Linux:

Mac OSX  Windows

How to Install .IPA Files using Cydia Impactor app :

  1. Download Cydia Impactor using the button above
  2. Now download the .ipa for the app you want
  3. Connect your device to your computer
  4. Launch the app; make sure it detects your device
  5. Drag the .ipa file into Cydia Impactor cydia impactor
  6. Click OK on the Expired Certificate warning
  7. Type in your Apple details
  8. Click OK and wait; the Impactor app will get the file and sign it into use
  9. When you see the app icon, the process is complete.
  10. Go to Settings>General>Profiles
  11. Find and tap the app name in the list of profiles
  12. Trust it and close Settings
  13. Now you can use your app

It really is that simple

But there’s more

Common Error Fix:

Cydia Impactor Provision.cpp Error:

This error tends to happen when you type your Apple ID in; you may see something like “provision.cpp:150 Please sign in with an app-specific password” or “your Apple ID and password were entered incorrectly”.

Don’t panic; this is an easy one to fix:

  1. From your browser, go to ( )
  2. Input the Apple details you used with the app
  3. Tap Security > Edit > APP SPECIFIC PASSWORDS
  4. Tap Generate Password
  5. Type a password label and remember what it is
  6. Tap Create and a password gets generated
  7. Copy it to the clipboard and, when you use the app, this is the password to use.

Cydia Impactor Didn’t Detect My Device:

This may be nothing to do with the app and more to do with your commuter. There are several reasons this may happen, including:

  • iTunes is not installed on your computer
  • iTunes has not been updated to the latest version
  • iTunes does not recognize your device
  • Your device is not properly connected, or you are using an unofficial cable

How to Fix:

There are five potential fixes for this; start with the first and go through until the issue is fixed:

Method 1: USB Port

It may be that the USB port you are using is not working. Check that your iPhone or iPad charges when connected. If not, use a different port. If none work, move to the next step.

Method 2: Reinstall iTunes             

  1. Remove iTunes from your computer, along with Apple Application Support and Mobile Device Support
  2. Restart your computer
  3. Install iTunes again
  4. Restart your computer
  5. The app should now detect your device

If it doesn’t, on to the next method

Method 3: USB Cable

Is your USB cable working properly? If it isn’t then the Impactor app will not recognize your device. Try using another cable; if it works but your device is not detected, go to the next step.

Note – Make sure you only use Apple Certified cables!

Method 4: Update Cydia Impactor

Are you using the most up to date version of Cydia Impactor?

All the software you use should be up to date; if not, it won’t work correctly.

Method 5: Try Another Computer

If it still doesn’t detect your iPhone or iPad, try a different laptop or desktop.

You’re good to go

Give Cydia Impactor a try and see how you get on with it. It’s dead simple to use and free – nothing to lose.

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