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.
Great news – it’s FREE
Really, it is FREE to use. Interested?
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:
How to Use:
- Download Cydia Impactor using the button above
- Now download the .ipa for the app you want
- Connect your device to your computer
- Launch the app; make sure it detects your device
- Drag the .ipa file into Cydia Impactor
- Click OK on the Expired Certificate warning
- Type in your Apple details
- Click OK and wait; Cydia Impactor will get the file and sign it into use
- When you see the app icon, the process is complete.
- Go to Settings>General>Profiles
- Find and tap the app name in the list of profiles
- Trust it and close Settings
- 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:
- From your browser, go to (apple.com)
- Input the Apple details you used with the app
- Tap Security>Edit>APP SPECIFIC PASSWORDS
- Tap Generate Password
- Type a password label and remember what it is
- Tap Create and a password gets generated
- 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 a number of 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
- Remove iTunes from your computer, along with Apple Application Support and Mobile Device Support
- Restart your computer
- Install iTunes again
- Restart your computer
- 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 Cydia Impactor 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 properly.
Check here for the latest version.
Method 5: Try Another Computer
If it still won’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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