The term “hacked” might be a bit too extreme for this post. Hacking doesn’t always have to be about stealing someone’s information or online property.
You may have heard of “life hacks” before. The goal of these hacks is to help people improve their daily activities and achieve something in a more efficient way.
That being said, a hacked IPA, is a modified version of an original application. The end goal is to remove useless features or enhance the app by adding more functionalities to it. In most cases, both can be done at the same time. If someone wanted to install a .IPA file to their iPhone or iPad, they’re going to need Xcode and an Apple developer account (which will cost $99 per year.)
However, with the introduction of Cydia Impactor, a free utility created by Saurik, anyone can install a .IPA file without any of that requirements.
All you need is a computer, your regular Apple ID account, and a few minutes.
In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to sideload apps using Cydia Impactor.
How to Use Cydia Impactor on iOS 10
- Click here to download Cydia Impactor. The tool is compatible with Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux
- Have your .IPA file ready, preferably on your desktop
- Open Cydia Impactor
- Click on the IPA file and drop it to Cydia Impactor
- You’ll be prompted to enter your Apple ID and password
- Wait for the tool to install the app for you
Unlock your iOS device and see if the app has been installed. Before you can open it, make sure to Trust the app via Settings.
Although Cydia Impactor is very easy to use and works on almost any operating systems, there is a limitation to it. If you use it long enough, you will notice that after 7 days, your app will stop working.
You will know right away because any apps that extend beyond 7 days will crash when opened.