How to Use Cydia Impactor to Install iOS Apps on Windows & Mac

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How to Use Cydia Impactor to Install iOS Apps

Cydia Impactor is one of my favorite tools because through this tool I can install any iOS applications I want, Cydia Impactor especially helps me a lot when the jailbreak is not required. For those of you who didn’t know that How to Use Cydia Impactor to Install iOS Apps on Windows & Mac, this utility was created by Saurik, the founder of Cydia Impactor.

Contents to be covered in this Article

  • How to Sign iOS Apps using Cydia Impactor
  • An Error Occurred while using Cydia Impactor
  • I can not open my Apps
  • More Troubleshooting
  • Installing Yalu jailbreak for iOS 10.1-10.2

As approximately 86% has already upgraded some version of iOS 10, it looks like most of us have here are jailbroken. It clearly shows that we are under the restriction applied by our iOS devices we are pretty lucky that a jailbreak for iOS 10.2 has already released. Cydia Impactor is one of the requirements to jailbreak iOS 10.2. Now that you’re here read along to find out what this Cydia Impactor tool can do for us.


Apple only permits apps to go live to the public if they follow the App Store guidelines. That being said, emulators and screen recorders are a BIG no. While they do not harm our device, it’s impossible to acquire one from the official App Store.

How to Use Cydia Impactor to Install iOS Apps:

However, with the help of Cydia Impactor, you can easily install any apps in the form of.IPA file to your iPhone. We reviewed a lot of these apps on our site and also provided you with dedicated IPA files as well. That’s probably one of the reasons why you landed on this page, to download and find out how to use the Cydia Impactor tool.

Last but not least, Cydia Impactor is compatible with Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. This enables everyone to take advantage of it.

How to Sign iOS Apps using Cydia Impactor

  1. Download the latest version of Cydia Impactor from its official site. Don’t forget to choose between the three supporting OS.
  2. Locate the installer and open it. For macOS users, “Drag to install Cydia Impactor in your Applications folder.”
  3. Connect your iOS device to the computer
  4. Locate the .IPA file that you want to install. I recommend moving it to Desktop.
  5. Open Cydia Impactor; it will recognize your iPhone or iPad
  6. Now, click on the IPA, then drag & drop it over to Impactor. If you do it right, you’ll be asked to enter your Apple ID and password.

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Once that happens, Cydia Impactor will take control of the rest. All it’s going to do is verify and install the application on your iOS device.


Free iTunes login credentials will only let you sign IPA apps for a week (7 days). After the certificate expired, the app will crash every time you try to open it. The solution to this problem is going through the tutorial above again. If you want a more extended certificate, you can get it by joining the Apple Developer Program which cost $99 a year.

An Error Occurred While Using Cydia Impactor

That’s normal. Usually, the displayed popup should tell you what went wrong.

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It means you have Two-factor authentication enabled for your Apple ID and you to need to generate an app-specific password instead of using your default iTunes password. To obtain an app-specific password, sign in to here, scroll down toward the middle of the page, and click on “Generate Password…”. Give it a name and click Create

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I can’t open my app(s)!

Are you prompted with the “Untrusted Enterprise Developer” message? Don’t panic. It just a way of saying that you need to let your device know you trust this app.

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The way to do it is by going to the Settings app. Tap on General > Profile or Device Management. Select your iTunes email used earlier and choose the app you had trouble opening. Now tap on the Trust button.

Go back to your home screen, the error should be gone, and you can now open your sideloaded app.

More Troubleshooting

If you have trouble running Cydia Impactor on a Windows computer: you need to have iTunes installed for this tool to work (for different reasons).

Do I need to use Xcode for this to work?

Since this is similar to signing an app with Xcode, in fact, it’s much easier; you do not need to have Xcode installed on your macOS machine.

Installing Yalu Jailbreak for iOS 10.1 – 10.2


Like I mentioned earlier, a jailbreak for iOS 10.1 and 10.2 has been released by developer Luca Todesco. Unlike the older jailbreak tools that you have seen, this one is packaged into an IPA file. Therefore, you’re going to need Cydia Impactor to install it on your iPhone.

When you do, make sure that the utility is up-to-date. You can check by clicking on the “Check for Update…” menu.

The possibilities with this tool are endless. iOS users are known to use Cydia Impactor to install a modified version of their favorite applications, mostly social network apps such as Snapchat, WhatsApp, and Instagram. A modified version of the actual apps that come from the App Store gives users more features and sometimes remove the functionalities that may be unnecessary.


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