How to download IPA files to iPhone via the AltStore app

If you are looking for a new way to download unofficial apps on your device then you have come to the right place. AltStore is a Windows-based app that helps you download unofficial IPA files to your iPhone or iPad. Plus, unlike many other similar apps, it also works with only two-factor authentication enabled on your Apple ID.

What is AltStore?

It is a free alternative to Cydia Impactor used for sideloading and authenticating unofficial IPA files on your device. It is very simple to use and you will only need your Apple ID, the file you want to authenticate, the UDID of your iPhone or iPad and an updated version of iTunes installed on your computer.

If you've enabled two-factor authentication on your device, Apple will provide you with a (6-digit) verification code that you'll need to enter. The best part is that if you have more than one Apple account, the software will work the same and will save all information related to the expiration of the authenticated packages, usually within seven days.

What does it mean?

If you have a free Apple ID, you can install up to three unauthenticated apps, however certificates will be revoked every seven days so you will need to reconnect your device and computer, re-authenticating the apps. So you don't have to delete the app and start all over again; the app itself is not revoked and once you reconfirm it again, all information about the app or game will be exactly where you left it. -id

Note that you must use the same Apple ID and UDID to install the app and authorize the files. If you have multiple Apple IDs, repeat the process for each one. Also, your device must have a firmware version earlier than iOS 13.3.1, in any later version some files will not install correctly.

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How to download and use AltStore:

AltStore is an app developed for Windows only. There is no need to jailbreak your iPhone or iPad, and using a free Apple ID, you can download up to three unofficial apps on each Apple ID. Also, you need to download the IPA files to your device before you start using them. Here's how you can do it:

  1. Download AltStore on your Windows PC and follow the onscreen instructions to set it up.

  2. Make sure you have the latest version of iTunes on your PC. If you're not sure, open iTunes> Help> Check for Updates, and if there is an update to be done, iTunes will guide you through installing the update.

  3. Connect your iPhone or iPad to the computer and launch AltStore.

  4. Enter your Apple ID and password.

  5. Provide the UDID for the connected device.

  6. Choose the IPA file you want to install by clicking Browse and then the file.

  7. Click on Start and wait.

  8. If you have enabled two-factor authentication, you will receive a 6-digit verification code on your Apple device which you will need to enter.

  9. Once the installation is complete, the apps you have chosen should be on your device.

Note: If the authentication process fails, please clear the cache and try again.

But wait, there's more.

How to fix untrusted developer error:

Since AltStore and the IPA files you install are unofficial, Apple may not recognize the developers. This error may prevent you from using the app until you fix it.

Here's how:

  1. Open the Settings on your device

  2. Go to General> Device Management

  3. Find and select the relevant profile from the list

  4. Click on Authorize and close the Settings, so the app is ready to use

To you

AltStore works in much the same way as Cydia Impactor and is an easy method to install unofficial files on your iPhone or iPad. Try it today and let us know your impressions. For more iPhone and iPad tips, follow us on Facebook.

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