Ever since 2007 when the first Jailbreaking Tool was released, iPhone and iPad owners were provided with an alternative to the applications that AppStore issued for its users. The thrill behind the jailbreak phenomenon was due to its possibility to access apps and programs that were either condemned by Apple, or, even if accepted, they were not free. One of the most popular platforms to use after jailbreaking your iDevice was Installous, which was similar to the App Store, but the apps you downloaded were free. Unfortunately, Installous was shut down, and people all over the world were in search of possible alternatives.
There is a wide range of apps and programs to choose from, but finding a good substitute might sometimes be tricky. It`s impossible at this moment to state which one is best, but we compiled a list of options for you.
So, in alphabetical order, we have:
- App Cake is rumored to be very similar to the much longed for Installous. It is very user-friendly and therefore easy to use, but user ratings depict the fact that it is a little bit slow.
- HipStore , which can be accessed by users via their computers . With just one click, a world of free apps, games and so on is revealed to you. After browsing through the platform in search of your desired apps, you must simply drag&drop them from your computer onto your iDevice. In order to install HipStore on your iPhone, you will need to have AppSync installed, and the following repo added to the sources on Cydia : cydia.heaveniphone, so you can search and download the HipStore.
- The iFunbox is a good substitute for Installous because it helps you install apps from IPAStore easy directly on your phone, or transfer them on various devices (iOS,Mac,Windows). Its popularity increased due to its similarities to Installous.
- Next, we have IPAStore, which basically is a web page that allows you to search and download the apps you want directly on your iDevice. For installing it, you need to add the following repo: http://ihacksrepo.com between the Cydia`s sources, and then simply search for IpaStore.
- Last but not least, we have the vShare which is almost like Installous, but with a different interface. It is well organized mostly because it is indexed so you can find your desired apps browsing different categories. It is available for both jailbroken and non-jailbroken devices, and like the platforms presented so far, it requires the hackulos.us repo , allowing you to download anything you want from basic apps to IPA files.
- Zeusmos is another great app that will allow you to download everything from free apps&games, to themes and ringtones. There is a big variety you can choose from. In order to install it, you need to open Cydia, search and download Zeusmos (by adding this source www.repo.zeusmos.com) .Of course, you need to download AppSync as well. The apps are installed directly to your home screen. What can be easier?
Both AppCake and IPAStore as well as vShare can be used only if you have the AppSync installed which is available via hackulo.us repo.
If you don’t know how to add new repositories to Cydia, let us make it easy for you by explaining it very short&simple: You have to open Cydia and choose the Manage tab from the ones that will appear on screen. Once you opened it, go to sources and tap the edit button, which will allow you to either add a new repository or delete the existing ones. Good luck!
Apple devices are one of the most popular and wanted technology pieces these days, but considering the fact that they are a bit pricey, it really comes in handy for every owner to know that there are various things he can do, and different apps&platforms he can download in order to access his favorite applications without having to spend some more money. Of course, the purpose of this tips&tricks is to help you try an app before you buy it.
All these alternatives to Installous may not be as highly-rated and adored as the original platform, but they are intensively used by a huge amount of users with no complaints. They work great on iPhone, iPod and iPads and are only one-click-away. Try them yourself!