How to install IPA file on iOS (iPhone and iPad)

AltStore is a home for apps that push the boundaries of iOS. No jailbreak is required.


  • Download AltServer on your computer
  • Install AltStore to your iPhone (or iPad)
  • Launch AltStore to begin downloading apps
  • Leave AltServer running, and AltStore will do the rest

System requirements

  • macOS 10.14.4+
  • Windows 10+


An alternative way to install IPA file on iOS device is Cydia Impactor that is a GUI tool for working with mobile devices. It has features already, but is still very much a work-in-progress. It is developed by saurik.

You can use this tool to install IPA files on iOS and APK files on Android.

If you are using wither Windows or macOS, you definitely need to have iTunes installed for this tool to work (for different reasons).

  • Drag and drop the .ipa file you saved into Cydia Impactor

NOTE: Do not “Run as Administrator” Impactor; doing this makes drag/drop of files not work on Windows 10.

  • Enter your Apple ID and password in a pop-up dialogue box
  • After tap OK, the .ipa file will be installed on your iOS devices successfully

To download new versions, use “Check for Updates…” under the Impactor menu from inside of the application. Impactor will also occasionally prompt about new versions that come out (this feature is currently not available in the Linux versions).


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•How to install IPA file on iPhone / iPad

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See also: How to install APK on iOS (iPhone and iPad devices)

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