How To Use Cydia Impactor To Install IPA Files
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How To Use Cydia Impactor To Install IPA Files

Developers are constantly adding new features to the Cydia Impactor.

How To Use Cydia Impactor To Install IPA Files

Cydia Impactor is a well-known tool, once the only way to remove Cydia safely from our devices. It's now been renamed the Cydia Eraser, and Cydia Impactor has a brand new purpose – to easily side-load unofficial apps and games onto our iOS devices. Keep reading for all the details.

Things You Need To Know Before You Begin

Before we go ahead with Cydia Impactor, there are a couple of important points:

  • Your Apple ID is required for this process.
  • If you use a free Apple ID, the app certificates expire every 7 days and need to be reloaded.
  • With a paid developer ID, you get 12 months before the certificate expiry.
  • iTunes must be up to date.  

How to Download a Cydia Impactor?

Here are the steps that you need to take to download the Cydia Impactor:

  1. Download Cydia Impactor to your computer.
  2. Download the .ipa file for the app you want to install.
  3. Plug your iPhone or iPad into your computer and open the Cydia Impactor.
  4. Let it pick up your device and then find and drag the .ipa files into the open window.
  5. Click OK to dismiss the Expired Certificates warning and input your Apple details.
  6. Click OK and let Cydia Impactor sign and install the app.
  7. When you see the app icon on your home screen, the installation is finished.
  8. Open iOS Settings > General and tap on Profiles.
  9. Find the name of the app and tap it.
  10. Tap on Trust, close Settings and the app is ready to be used.  

Main Features of Cydia Impactor

The app developers are continually adding new features to Cydia Impactor, but there are a few great features that are ready to use:

  • Bridging Connections: Easily bridge the connection between your iOS device and computer; disconnect connection and restart them – you do need to know the port number before you do this
  • Root Android Devices: If you are on v2.3 or lower, Cydia Impactor can update your device to v5.0. Just install Cydia Impactor, plug your Android device into your computer and click on Start – within a couple of minutes, it will update.
  • Unlock Bootloader: Use an identifier token to generate the bootloader file for your specific device and lock and unlock the bootloader very quickly
  • Package Installation: Use Cydia Impactor to get any mod package and flash it. Root packages, recover files to your device manually and update packages.  

How to Use Cydia Impactor

Most Common Cydia Impactor Errors

While Cydia Impactor is a great tool for sideloading apps and for installing some of the latest jailbreaks onto your device too, there are reports of a few common errors appearing with the tool.  Luckily, there are solutions to those errors:

1. Provision.cpp Error

There are a couple of these errors, the first being an error that happens when you get to the stage of putting in your Apple ID.

An error message appears saying “Provision.cpp:150; Please Sign In With An App-Specific Password,” or it may say that you didn’t input your details correctly. You can fix this by doing the following:

  1. From your browser, go to applied.apple.com and type in the Apple details you used in Cydia Impactor
  2. Click on Security>Edit>APP SPECIFIC PASSWORDS
  3. Click on the Generate Password
  4. Type a label in, remember it and click on Create
  5. The new password that gets generated is the one you need to use with your Apple ID in Cydia Impactor. 

2. Provision.cpp:68 or Provision.cpp:62 Errors

The other Provision.cpp errors you may face are a little easier to fix. They usually arise when the Apple Developer program has been taken down for maintenance. The .ipa file that you are trying to load needs access to the developer portal, and if it is down, you don't have that access.  

The only way to prevent this is to use Cydia Impactor only when the portal is up and running, and you can monitor that at developer.apple.com/system-status. When the portal is running, you can use Cydia Impactor.

3. Device Not Detected

If Cydia Impactor does not detect your device there may be several reasons for it and the most likely cause is with your computer and not the app:

  • iTunes may not be installed on your computer
  • iTunes may not recognize the device
  • You haven’t connected your device to your computer correctly. 

Best Ways To Fix The Errors

There are five ways that you can try to fix the above-mentioned errors, which are as follows:

Method 1: Check the USB Port

Is the USB port on your computer working properly? Does your device charge when you plug it in? If not, try another port. If none of the ports on your computer are at fault, move on to the next method

Method 2: Install iTunes Again

Remove iTunes and any related programs from your computer, including Apple Mobile Device Support, Apple Application Support, and reboot. Reinstall iTunes and reboot again. Cydia Impactor should now work.

Method 3: Check your USB Cable

If your cable is faulty, your device cannot be detected. Use another cable, make sure it is an Apple certified cable and see if it works. If your device still isn’t connected, move on.

Method 4: Update Cydia Impactor

All software needs to be up to date to work that’s why make sure that you have the latest Cydia Impactor version – check and download here.

Method 5: Try a Different Computer

In the end, if none of this work, you can always try out another laptop or desktop computer.

Cydia Impactor is a powerful and useful tool so download it today and start taking advantage of what it has to offer. Don’t forget to follow the developers on Facebook for more useful tips and tricks.

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