As up to this point, you probably have figured out what both vShare and HiPStore does. These are the two best Installous alternatives that lets iPhone/iPad users download paid applications for free directly from their device. But they have their own good, bad, and the ugly.
This article will answer all of your frequently asked questions about these two apps and pick out the best one.
Since Hackulo.us and Installous confirmed their shutting down, HiPStore became one of its potential alternatives, the developers behind HiPStore prove that it was true.
Throughout different enhancements and updates, HiPStore has gone from a simple app that replace Installous to a fancier App Store that provide paid applications for free to iPhone and iPad users.
In the beginning days, HiPStore has a self-hosted application that users can download on their iOS device and a separate website for those that choose to download the .IPA from their computer and then later use AppSync to import the apps over. So basically, in a nutshell, it works just like Apptrackr and AppCake.
The important thing is that the latest version of HiPStore provides much better interface for iOS users. The app itself is now easier to use, straight-forward, and no complicated installation like the others.
You can check out the tutorial we posted a few days ago on installing HiPStore without jailbreak.
Besides the fact that you will see a bit of foreign language on the website I can’t seems to find any other disadvantage of HiPStore. But as I mentioned earlier, the app has gone through several improvements and so you won’t have any trouble using it.
vShare formerly AppVV
I’m not an Avid user of vShare, even HiPStore, but I’ve been using HiPStore for awhile because it’s free, easy-to-use, and anyone can quickly set it up.
vShare, on the other hand, put a price tag on their utility if users don’t have a jailbroken device. In other words, any iPhone or iPad users with no Cydia installed then they will have to visit the vShare website on a computer and purchase their vShare Pro that covers the cost vShare application for their non-jailbroken device.
That is basically one of the biggest con of vShare. Not to mention, once you get the app, its introduce window is really annoying.
For beginners, if you accidentally tap on the Install button while the app is recommending you other applications, your home screen will be filled with a bunch of applications and games waiting to be downloaded.
Sometimes when I use vShare, there will be a sudden popup redirecting me to other pages, especially that page will give you even more popups.
Of course, the developer of vShare does take care their service, which they usually roll out new updates and features for users. But with the cons that it brings, I will definitely stay away from it.
How to Install vShare on iOS 9.2
- On your iPhone/iPad, launch the Safari browser
- Go to vshare.com and choose Jailbroken
- A popup will display and ask you to tap Install
- Once the app is downloaded, go to Settings > General > Profile
- Look for vShare and Trust it
Now you can go back to your Springboard and open vShare on your device.
Using vShare or HiPStore, that is up to you. However, I do not encourage you to use any of these services for pirated or illegal activities and this comparison is based on my personal experience.
The whole purpose is to test drive costly apps before purchasing it on the App Store.