Most jailbreakers will be well aware of iFile [ about ], what it is and what it can do for you. They will also be aware that Cydia is required to download it onto their iOS devices but, with few jailbreaks being made available these days, we have had to look for alternative ways of getting some of our favorite tweaks onto our devices without using Cydia.
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The answer lies in a tool called Cydia Impactor, used to side load an app like iFile onto your device without going through a jailbreak first and that makes it ideal in these times of few jailbreaks. Below are the steps to follow to side-load iFile onto your iPhone or iPad without a jailbreak.
How to Side Load iFile without a Jailbreak :
- First, you need to Download iFile app for your device
- Next, download Cydia Impactor [ext link] onto your Mac or PC
- The steps to use Cydia Impactor to side load an app onto your device can be found in the linked article in Step 2 [ this works for Mac and Windows PC ]
- Now that iFile is installed on your iOS device, you will find that it doesn’t actually work at this stage. There is one final step to do so open your Settings app
- Tap on General > Profiles & Device Management and then find iFile in the apps list. There is a Trust button beside it – tap on this and then tap Trust again to confirm it
- Come out of Settings, tap on the iFile icon on your home screen and you will be able to use it
You will need to have a valid Apple ID to use Cydia Impactor [ this can be a dummy account if you don’t want to use your own account ]. However, be aware that, if you are using a free account, the iFile certificate will expire every 7 days and you must reload it onto your device. Those of you with fully paid up developer’s accounts will find that their certificates will be valid for one year.
iFile is an incredibly popular app but, by side loading it in this way and not using Cydia [ext link] to download it, you will find that you are limited in use and will not have all of the features you would get through Cydia. The reason for this is that you are not getting root access and iFile will be sandboxed, limiting your access to files and directories and also your write access.
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