How to Use Cydia Impactor to Install iOS Apps on Windows & Mac

Cydia Impactor is one of my favorite tools as it allows me to install any iOS applications I want, especially when jailbreak is not required. For those of you who didn’t know, this utility was created by Saurik, the founder of Cydia.

With 86% of users already updated to some version of iOS 10, it looks like most of us here are not jailbroken. Which means we have to live with the restrictions on our iOS devices. Luckily, a jailbreak for iOS 10.2 has already been released. In fact, one of the requirement to jailbreak your iOS 10.2 is to use Cydia Impactor. Now that you’re here, read along to find out what this tool does.

Apple only permits apps to go live to the public if they follow the App Store guidelines. That being said, emulators and screen recorders are a BIG no. While they do no harm to our device, it’s impossible to acquire one from the official App Store.

However, with the help of Cydia Impactor, you can easily install any apps in the form of .IPA file to your iPhone. We reviewed a lot of these apps on our site and also provided you with dedicated IPA files as well. That’s probably one of the reasons why you landed on this page, to download and find out how to use the tool.

Last but not least, Cydia Impactor is compatible with Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. This enables everyone to take advantage of it.

How to Sign iOS Apps using Cydia Impactor

  1. Download the latest version of Cydia Impactor from its official site. Don’t forget to choose between the three supporting OS.
  2. Locate the installer and open it. For macOS users, just “Drag to install Impactor in your Applications folder”.
  3. Connect your iOS device to the computer
  4. Locate the .IPA file that you want to install. I recommend moving it to the Desktop.
  5. Open Cydia Impactor; it will recognize your iPhone or iPad
  6. Now, click on the IPA, then drag & drop it over to Impactor. If you do it right, you’ll be asked to enter your Apple ID and password.

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Once that happen, Cydia Impactor will take control of the rest. All it’s going to do is verify and install the application on your iOS device.

Quick Note: A free iTunes login credentials will only let you sign IPA apps for a week (7 days). After the certificate expired, the app will crash every time you try to open it. The solution to this problem is going through the tutorial above again. If you want a longer certificate, you can get it by joining the Apple Developer Program which cost $99 a year.

An Error Occurred While Using Cydia Impactor

That’s normal. Usually, the displayed popup should tell you what went wrong.

For example, if you get this Cydia Impactor error:

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It means you have Two-factor authentication enabled for your Apple ID and you to need to generate an app-specific password instead of using your default iTunes password. To obtain an app-specific password, sign in to here, scroll down toward the middle of the page, and click on “Generate Password…”. Give it a name and click Create.

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For more errors like this, check out this tutorial or this one if you’re jailbreaking your iOS device with yalu102.

I can’t open my app(s)!

Are you prompted with the “Untrusted Enterprise Developer” message? Don’t panic. It just a way of saying that you need to let your device know you trust this app.

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The way to do it is by going to the Settings app. Tap on General > Profile or Device Management. Select your iTunes email used earlier and choose the app you had trouble opening. Now just tap on the Trust button.

Go back to your home screen, the error should be gone, and you can now open your sideloaded app.

More Troubleshooting

If you have trouble running Cydia Impactor on a Windows computer:

you definitely need to have iTunes installed for this tool to work (for different reasons).

Do I need to use Xcode for this to work?

Since this is similar to signing an app with Xcode, in fact, it’s much easier; you do not need to have Xcode installed on your macOS machine.

Installing Yalu Jailbreak for iOS 10.1 – 10.2

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Like I mentioned earlier, a jailbreak for iOS 10.1 and 10.2 has been released by developer Luca Todesco. Unlike the older jailbreak tools that you have seen, this one is packaged into an IPA file. Therefore, you’re going to need Cydia Impactor to install it on your iPhone.

When you do, make sure that the utility is up-to-date. You can check by clicking on the “Check for Update…” menu.

The possibilities with this tool are endless. iOS users are known to use Cydia Impactor to install modified version of their favorite applications, mostly social network apps such as Snapchat, WhatsApp, and Instagram. A modified version of the actual apps that come from the App Store give users more features and sometimes remove the functionalities that maybe unnecessary.


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