What’s pirated App Store you asked? It’s a place where users go to download paid applications for free directly from their iOS device.
They all have the good, the bad, and the ugly.
This article will answer all of your frequently asked questions about vShare and HiPStore, two of the most popular piracy apps for iPhone and iPad.
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 various enhancements and updates, HiPStore has gone from a simple app that replaces Installous to a fancier App Store that provides paid applications for free to iPhone and iPad users.
A little background
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 a much better interface for iOS users. The app itself is now easier to use, straight-forward, and no complicated installation like the others.
How to Install HiPStore without Jailbreak
- Go on your Safari browser
- Head over to http://ios.hipstore.mobi/
- You will see a popup, choose HiPStore iOS 7 – 8 – 9
- Tap Install and let the app download on your Springboard
- Once HiPStore is installed on your iPhone, go to Settings > General > Profile
- Look for Vnity Software One Member Company Limited and Trust it
You will be able to launch HiPStore app on your device after that
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
vShare, on the other hand, put a price tag on their utility if users don’t have a jailbroken device. In other words, users will be forced to purchase vShare Pro that covers the cost vShare application on their non-jailbroken iPhone or iPad.
That is one of the biggest disadvantages of vShare. Not to mention, once you get the app, its introduce window is annoying.
Why you shouldn’t use vShare on iOS
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 apps and games waiting to be downloaded.
Sometimes when I use vShare, there will be a sudden pop up 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 would stay away from it.
How to Install vShare
- 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 them on the App Store.