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.
Image : How to Install iFile App
How to Download iFile :
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.
Method 1 : Cydia Impactor [ Expert Method ]
- First, you need to download iFile IPA 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.
Method 2: Safari Browser [ Easy Method ]
- Launch Safari on your iPhone or iPad
- From the address bar go to ifiledownload.com
- When our mobile page has loaded, look for the UP arrow, bottom center or top right of the screen , and tap on it
- This loads a new screen with extra options; tap the one that says Add to Home Screen
- Another new screen will load where you need to name the icon; type iFile into the box and tap Add
- Close Safari and the iFile icon is on your home screen
Video: See how to download iFile on iOS 7
Method 3: Configuration Profile [ Advanced Method ]
Because this is a more complicated method, it is important that the instructions are followed carefully:
- Open Safari on your iOS device and then open this [ link ]
- When the page has loaded up, look for the link to Install the profile and tap on it , skipping this will mean the profile cannot be downloaded to your device
- When Settings automatically opens, tap on Install Profile and then type your passcode in
- Tap Install iFile in Safari when it opens and then on Install on the confirmation window
- Settings will open again so tap Install > Next
- Tap on Done and then wait for the installation to finish and the icon appears on your home screen
If there is no iFile icon, the install didn’t go right so go back over the steps again
Method 4: ACMarket Installer [ Advanced Method ]
iFile is not the kind of app that Apple will allow in the iOS app store so you will need to go down the route of installing ACMarket app installer first:
- On your device, download ACMarket [ ext link ]
- Open it and go to the search bar
- Type in iFile and wait
- When the results appear, tap the iOS 7 version and then leave your device while iFile is installed
- Now you can open it form your home screen and start using it
Fix iFile Not Working Issue :
Every user will fall foul of an inherent problem when they install iFile , the app will crash within a week of being installed. You can reinstall iFile, but it will crash again and the reason it does is down to the app certificate. Apple won’t allow iFile in the app store and doesn’t sign the certificate to let it work so, when they verify the certificates, they will revoke it, causing it to crash. You can stop this from happening with a small tool called Anti Revoke, a tool that will block the certificate from being verified and stopping it from being revoked. The link below takes you to all the information you need:
- Download Anti Revoke [ext link]
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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