AltStore is an IPA sideloading tool developed by Riley Testut, just like Cydia Impactor. It allows us to use our computers to install AltStore on iOS devices and, using our Apple IDs install non-App Store apps (.ipa format) on non-jailbreaking iOS devices. Cydia Impactor is no longer available from the end of 2019, so if you are wondering how to install apps to iPhone/iPad on PC without Cydia Impactor? Yes, You’ve come to the right place. Follow the steps below to download AltStore to sideload the installation of apps on iOS devices.
AltStore is not the only signing tool you know other than Cydia Impactor, but it has its absolute advantage. AltStore allows us to use our computers to install AltStore on iOS devices and, using our Apple IDs install non-App Store apps (.ipa format) on non-jailbreaking iOS devices. After you try it, you will get to know it.
- AltStore Features
- How to Sign And Install the unc0ver App?
- install AltStore on PC
- install AltStore on iPhone/iPad
- install and sign unc0ver by AltStore
- AltStore Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- PC configuration requirements: Windows 10 or macOS 10.14.4 and later.
Avoid the situation where Enterprise Certificates are suddenly revoked and apps crash. After all, your Apple ID doesn’t revoke.
Ability to decide which app to install (IPA file), Panda Helper provides many apps. You won’t find these apps anywhere else.
No need to use the XCode method to sideload Apps (XCode is not suitable for regular users)
We are using AltStore to sideload Apps(IPA file) in the same way as Cydia Impactor without jailbreak.
You need to use your Windows or macOS during this process
You need to re-sign the Apps once in 7 days to continue using them (you can use the “Refresh All” method mentioned earlier to renew them)
Preparation Before Using
Currently, AltStore works on Windows (requires Windows 10) and macOS (requires macOS 10.14.4+) operating systems only.
No jailbreak is required for iPhone/iPad. But AltStore is only available for iOS devices with iOS 12.2 and later.
The.IPA files signed by AltStore are for personal use only. And can only be installed on the device with the same Apple ID as when signed.
Before using AltStore, you need to use an Apple ID. To ensure the account’s security and avoid being judged by Apple as a risk account due to frequent use, we recommend applying for an Apple ID separately for signing.
- Install the latest version of iTunes on your PC. Please do not install the version of iTunes on Microsoft Store.
- Install the latest version of iCloud on a PC.
- When using AltStore, an Apple ID is required. Sign in to iCloud on your PC with your Apple ID.
- Windows Firewall must allow AltServer to connect.
1: Install AltStore on PC
Visit the official AltStore, click “Windows” to start downloading the AltStore installation package, and follow the prompts to install AltStore.
Once the installation is complete, click on the “search-box” in the lower-left corner of your computer to search for and find the “AltServer” application.
When you launch it for the first time, a Windows Defender firewall alert will pop up, check both “Private and Public Network,” and select “Allow Access.” AltStore will be displayed in the Windows Taskbar.
2: Install AltStore on iPhone/iPad
Open iTunes on your PC and connect your iPhone to your computer via the data cable. Click the “Phone” icon in iTunes on your PC to go to the phone’s details page. If there is a pop-up prompt on your iPhone, click “Trust.”
In the “Options” area, check “Sync with this iPhone over Wi-Fi,” then click AltStore in the system notification tray, click “Install AltStore,” and select your iPhone device.
At this point, you need to enter your Apple ID and password and click “Install” to start the process of installing AltStore on your iPhone. In a few moments, we will see AltStore on our iPhone desktop.
If you get an “untrusted” message when you launch AltStore on your iPhone or iPad for the first time, go to Settings > General > Profiles and Device Management, find your Apple ID, and trust it.
3: Install And Sign unc0ver by AltStore
Next, we’ll show you how to install apps on your iPhone that are not on the App Store using AltStore.
Use iPhone Safari to visit the official unc0ver. Tap on the “Open in AltStore” button, then tap on the “Open” button in the prompt.
AltStore will open to begin loading the unc0ver .ipa file, enter the same Apple ID you used above if prompted, and tap on the “Sign In” (you need to fill in your Apple ID and password to use AltStore for the first time).
AltStore will automatically install the IPA file for you, and it will appear in the Installed list below after successful installation.
Note: Installing the app on iPhone requires the PC to have AltStore running in the background and be on the same Wi-Fi as the iPhone; otherwise, it will report an error and fail to complete the installation.
If you’d like to install unc0ver using your iPhone, you can visit the unc0ver page to get more information.
Q: Why does it say my Apps will expire in 7 days?
A: Apps signed with your Apple ID are only valid for seven days. To avoid expiration, you can let your PC run AltStore while your iPhone and PC are on the same Wi-Fi and click “Refresh All” in iPhone AltStore to renew all the Apps.
Q: What Apps are available in the AltStore?
A: There is only one Delta available in the AltStore. You can sideload other Apps from the Files app or download Apps from 3rd party like Panda Helper.
Q: How can I download Apps (.ipa files)?
A: You can visit the Panda Helper Web Version and download many apps (IPA files), including Hack Games and Tweak apps.
Q: Is it safe to log into my Apple ID?
A: AltStore requires your Apple ID to communicate with Apple’s servers on your behalf to use your account to install Apps on your device, and AltServer does not store your Apple ID to the extent that it will often ask you for your account password. Finally, AltStore won’t send your Apple ID to anyone.