Here’s how to download and install iFile app IPA on your iOS 10 running iPhone or iPad. No jailbreak is required for this to work.
If you miss being jailbroken, and potentially more specifically, miss having apps like iFile installed on your liberated iOS device, then all is definitely not lost. The advent of sideloading apps via Xcode and other methods now means that more and more experiences that were previously only available via Cydia on jailbroken devices are now becoming accessible to non-jailbroken users as well. The fabulous iFile app is now one of those apps, albeit unofficially. Below, we show you how to sideload it on your non-jailbroken device. Best of all, it works on all versions of iOS 10.
Step 1: You aren’t going to be able to do anything, jailbroken or not, without the iFile .deb or .ipa file at hand. So with that in mind, you need to first download the necessary installable iFile app file from here.
Step 2: Now that you are in possession of the installer, it’s time to actually think about getting the app installed on your non-jailbroken device without the use of the App Store, and, of course, without the use of Cydia. You can do that using either Xcode or Cydia Impactor. Simply follow one of our guides linked below for sideloading iFile to your device.
- Xcode (official supported method for sideloading): How To Sideload iOS Apps Without Jailbreak Using Xcode
- Cydia Impactor: Sideload iOS Apps On Windows, Mac With Cydia Impactor Without Jailbreak, Here’s How
Step 3: With the iFile app now installed on your device, you’ll probably be wondering why it won’t actually launch? Well, you need to actually trust the certificate first to allow the iOS system to invoke the app. To do this, launch Settings > General > Profiles & Device Management on the device. On some iOS versions, this option might be available at General > Profile(s) & Device Management or General > Device Management.
Step 4: Next, find the certificate relating to the recently installed iFile app, tap on it, and then tap Trust and Trust again.
Step 5: Once done, you should then be able to launch iFile app in the usual manner from the Home screen and get access to everything that the app is capable of doing on a non-jailbroken device.
One thing to remember here, especially if you are coming from a jailbroken background with iFile, is that the app won’t give you the full experience on a non-jailbroken iOS device. This is because there’s no root access available, meaning the app is sandboxed and hence won’t have access to all of the folders and directories that it does on a fully jailbroken device. It will also have very limited ability to write files, and that too only in very specific folders.
Still, with that in mind, iFile does provide an experience that otherwise isn’t offered via the official App Store on non-jailbroken devices, and it does give access to at least some parts of file system that otherwise isn’t available on non-jailbroken iPhones and iPads.
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