Cydia Impactor Tutorial


Jay Saurik Freeman developed Cydia Impactor to install third party applications for iOS devices. It is a Graphical User Interface Device compatible for the three main operating systems namely Windows, Mac and Linux. The process of installing third party applications is known as sideloading and it will be easy and handy to use Cydia Impactor for this purpose.

Cydia Impactor Tutorial

Before you start,

There are some things you need to be aware of before using Cydia impactor. 

First thing is you have to have an Apple ID to run this application. If you are worried about privacy issues you can have a free dummy account for this purpose. Another thing about Cydia impactor is if you are using a free Apple developer account it is valid only for 7 days that means a week so every week you have to renew your app certificate in order to sideload apps. If you are using a paid Apple developer account you can use it for 12 months that means a year without any issues. It will expire after a year after you purchase it. Moreover you must keep in mind to update iTunes to the latest version before you install Cydia Impactor. So these are the things you must get to know before using Cydia Impactor.


Downloading Cydia Impactor

You are allowed to download it from the official website of Cydia Impactor and keep in mind to select your relevant operating system as it is available for Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems.


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How to use Cydia Impactor

You can use Cydia Impactor either two factor authentication enabled or disabled. You can use any method but you have to follow the correct steps for that.


Method 1. Installing Cydia Impactor with two factor authentication disabled

Step 1: First you have to download the relevant Cydia Impactor version for your Windows, Mac or Linux operating system.

Step 2: Then you have to download the.ipa file of the app you are hoping to sideload.

Step 3: After that connect your iOS device and the computer using a lightning cable.

Step 4: Now launch the app and see whether your device is connected or not.

Step 5: Drag and drop the .IPA file to the open Cydia Impactor window.

Step 6: After that click on OK for the expired certificate window.

Step 7: Now enter your Apple credentials (Apple ID and Password) and click OK

Step 8: When the retrieving and signing in process is done you will see the Cydia Impactor app icon in your home screen.

Step 9: Open your iOS setting app and tap on General.

Step 10: After that tap on profile and navigate to Management.

Step 11: Then you will see a list of certified apps. From the list select the app you want to sideload.

Step 12: Finally click on TRUST and close settings.

After following the above steps you can use Cydia Impactor freely and easily.


Method 2: Installing Cydia Impactor with two factor authentication disabled.

Step 1: Using your internet browser visit and sign in to your account.

Step 2: Then you will be asked to follow two factor authentication methods to move forward. Do so.

Step 3: After that you will get a message telling that two factor authentication is enabled and you will see the app specific password beside it.

Step 4: Choose an appropriate name for the label and click on create.

Step 5: Now copy the password generated.

Step 6: Follow the steps until you get where you asked to enter your Apple ID and Apple password.

Step 7: Follow the steps in method 1.

Step 8: After following the above steps IPA file will be on your device and then you can use the app freely.


So these are the most important factors you need to know about Cydia Impactor.