Unofficial apps are fast becoming more popular than those in the official app store. This is mostly down to the fact that they offer far more than the official apps do in the way of features and functionality. Many of these apps were once only available by jailbreaking but now, using a technique called sideloading, we can install them without having to go through Cydia first.
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What is Sideloading?
Sideloading is a popular method of transferring files from one device to another easily. Generally, either a physical or a wireless connection, such as Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, is required between two devices so the files can be transferred. An alternative method is to install the file on an SD card and then use that card in the device where the app is to be installed. There is an entire Reddit community dedicated to this topic, that you might want to check out.
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Why Would You Sideload?
It is one of the easiest ways of transferring apps and files between devices without using your data. Mostly, iOS users use the process for getting unofficial apps onto their devices, apps that Apple won’t support or sign into the official iOS AppStore. Once, a jailbreak would have been needed but now sideloading makes just about any app transfer possible. You can download Cydia Impactor app on your Mac or PC, and install and .ipa file on your iPhone or iPad. This process of installing IPA files without the interference of Apple is called Sideloading. ( Sample Image: iFile app being installed by the sideloading process )
Is it Safe to Sideload Apps?
Yes, it is one of the safest methods of transferring files. Why? Because all you are doing is taking files from your computer and putting them on your device. No jailbreaking is involved, and that is the process that can open your device to trouble. The biggest problem caused by sideloading is the location that you download your IPA files from. We provide official and safe sources for you to download some of the most popular IPA files but, if you use others, you must ensure that you use reputable sources for the download.
Give sideloading a try next time you want an unofficial app on your device, and You can follow our guide on how to do it and take advantage of the IPA file links that we offer – all safe and secure. Follow us on Facebook, and we’ll send more tips your way.