How to Install iOS Apps with AltStore?

In this article, learn how to install IPA files on your iPhone using the AltStore.

What is AltStore?

AltStore is sort of a 3rd party app store that comes with it’s own collection of apps. And the best part about this is that you do not need a jailbroken iOS device in order to install AltStore. AltStore can be installed on an iOS device with the help of a Windows or mac system.

Prerequisites

  • An iOS device running on iOS 12.2 or above
  • The IPA files of the apps that you want to install (IPA Library)
  • Windows or macOS computer

This tutorial has two parts. The first explains how to install AltStore and the second explains how to install apps using AltStore.

How to Install AltStore?

Windows:

  1. Download the latest version of iTunes from Apple’s website (DO NOT download from the Microsoft Store)
  2. Download the latest version of iCloud from Apple’s website (Again, DO NOT download from the Microsoft Store)
  3. Download the latest AltStore installer for Windows.
  4. Extract the downloaded zip file and double-click the “setup.exe” file to start the installation process and then follow the on-screen instructions to finish the installation.
  5. Next, connect your iPhone to your computer.
  6. Unlock your iPhone, and if prompted, choose to trust the device.
  7. Open iTunes and enable iTunes Wi-Fi sync for your iPhone. If you need any help with this, read this guide to find out how you can do it.
  8. Now click the AltStore icon in the System Tray, click Install AltStore, then choose your iOS device.
  9. You will be asked to enter your Apple ID and password; provide the details.
  10. And in a few seconds, AltStore will be installed on your iPhone.
  11. Once installed, go to Settings > General > Profiles (or Profiles & Device Management), tap on the profile labelled with your Apple ID, then press the Trust button.
  12. Next, move on to the next section to find out how to install apps with AltStore.

macOS:

  1. Download and install AltStore on macOS.
  2. Launch AltStore and you should see it as an icon in the menu bar.
  3. Click on the AltStore icon in the menu bar and select Install Mail Plug-in and follow the on-screen instructions.
  4. Once the installation is complete, restart the Mail app. Next, you have to enable the Mail plugin.
  5. To do so, click on Mail in the menu bar, then select Preferences > Click Manage Plug-ins > Enable the plugin named AltPlugin.mailbundle > click Apply and Restart Mail
  6. Next, connect your iPhone to your computer.
  7. Unlock your iPhone, and if prompted, choose to trust the device.
  8. If you’re on macOS Mojave: Open iTunes > Enable iTunes Wi-Fi sync for your iPhone.
  9. If you’re on macOS Catalina: Go to your iPhone’s summary page in iTunes and enable Show this iPhone when on Wi-Fi. If you’re not sure how to do this, then go to this link to read the guide.
  10. Now click the AltStore icon in the menu bar, click Install AltStore, then choose your iOS device.
  11. You will be asked to enter your Apple ID and password; provide the details.
  12. And in a few seconds, AltStore will be installed on your iPhone. Once installed, go to Settings > General > Profiles (or Profiles & Device Management), tap on the profile labelled with your Apple ID, then press the Trust button.
  13. Next, move on to the next section to find out how to install apps with AltStore.

How to Install Apps with AltStore?

  1. Visit our collection of IPA files in our IPA Library to download the .ipa file of an app onto your iOS device. If you already have an IPA file that you want to install, simply skip this step.
  2. Once you have the IPA file ready, open the AltStore app on your device and go to the My Apps tab.
  3. Press the ‘+‘ icon in the top left corner.
  4. A list all the IPA files available on your device will be displayed; tap on the IPA file which you had downloaded earlier.
  5. If this is your first time using the AltStore, you will be prompted to enter your Apple ID and password to start the installation process.
  6. Once the AltStore begins installing the app, the process will take a few minutes to complete.
  7. After the app is installed, it will show up in the My Apps tab inside the AltStore and also on your iPhone home screen.

Note that the apps last for 7 days and you can easily resign them from your device by going to My Apps in AltStore. Simply tap on the “X days” button next to the app in AltStore My Apps section.

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