How to download third-party iPhone apps via AppCake

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AppCake is one of the most popular unofficial app stores offering a huge selection of third-party apps, games and tweaks, and much more. Many of you will know it as a jailbreak app but as jailbreaks are few and far between, the developers have made sure that anyone can use their app for free, regardless of whether they use a jailbreak or not.

What is AppCake?

It is a free iOS platform that allows you to install unofficial IPA files. While these files are legal to use, they can't make it to the app store because they don't meet Apple's requirements. An example of a similar app, which many people use today, is Cydia impactor. However, AppCake has an added advantage over the Cydia Impactor, which requires you to download your IPA files first, while AppCake already provides an entire library full of unofficial files and allows you to download and install your IPA files directly from there.

Released by iPASTORE in 2008, AppCake was developed by iPhoneCake, who recently updated the app to support iOS 9 through iOS 14, without having to jailbreak the device first.

How to install AppCake:

While jailbreaking your device is not a mandatory requirement for this app store, if you wanted to do so you definitely wouldn't get it from the official app store, which means you'll have to download it directly to your iPhone or iPad. It is not difficult to do this, but beware: the IPA files in AppCake are officialized using company certificates that often have expired and Apple could revoke them. You can avoid this by using a good VPN or by installing an anti-revocation app first.

  1. Launch the Safari browser and open the AppCake download page

  2. Download AppCake on your device and click Install in the popup window

  3. When the AppCake icon appears on your home page, the installation will be complete

  4. Click on the app icon and an untrusted developer error will be displayed. Remember the developer name in the message and close it.

  5. Open iOS Settings and go to General

  6. Go to Profiles and Device Management and find the developer's name in the list.

  7. Click on it and press the Trust button. Then close the Settings and AppCake will be ready for use.

How to use AppCake:

You can use AppCake in two ways:

Method 1: pre-installed files

  1. Launch AppCake on your device.

  2. Choose an app or game you want to download.

  3. Follow the onscreen instructions to download the file to your iPhone or iPad.

Method 2: external files

  1. Launch Safari and find the IPA file you want to download. Use only reliable sources.

  2. Download it and send it to AppCake.

  3. Launch AppCake and go to Download

  4. Choose the IPA file you want to install and AppCake will recognize it and install it for you

AppCake Features:

AppCake offers users many cool features:

  • It's free

  • It is easy to use

  • Offers thousands of pre-installed IPA files

  • You can download IPA files over the Internet

  • No irritating advertisements

  • Easy to use with Enterprise Developers Profile

  • Choose torrents to speed up your downloads

However, the developers were not satisfied and added other useful features, such as:

  • A file manager, so you can monitor downloads and manage all downloaded files

  • A web server so you can access all your files from your device or any browser, which means you can upload and download files from your device to your computer and vice versa

  • Search function that makes it easy to find specific files to download

  • Customizable settings, including setting downloads to install and auto-fix app crashes on iOS 12 and iOS 13

Delete AppCake:

Eliminating AppCake is quite easy to do and there are two methods to do it:

Method 1: app icon

  1. Find and long-press the AppCake icon.

  2. When the icon starts to wobble, click on the x in the top corner of the icon.

  3. Choose Delete in the popup message.

Method 2: app profile

  1. Open Settings> General

  2. Access Profiles and Device Management

  3. Go to the AppCake profile

  4. Click on Delete App

Both methods will allow you to delete AppCake from your device.

Frequent questions:

We are asked many questions about AppCake every day and here are the answers to some of the most common questions:

Do I need to jailbreak my iPhone / iPad?

No. It was once the most popular Cydia app for installing modified apps on iOS devices and now the developers have updated it so that anyone could use it. The app includes thousands of unofficial IPA files and some jailbreak utilities, such as Unc0ver and Electra.

Will using AppCake void my device warranty?

No. AppCake is legal and does not require any permissions outside of those required by the official app store apps. There is no need to jailbreak so as not to compromise iOS security and your Apple ID may be required. When you use your ID, the app is verified by Apple as safe. However, if for any reason you need to return your device to a store, you can delete AppCake and reinstall it later.

Is it safe to use?

Yes, it is perfectly safe to use. The app is monitored 24/24 and is updated regularly. Updates must be installed to ensure device and data security. There is no need to jailbreak as your device is not exposed to threats as you are not hacking the iOS root. We have tested AppCake as well and can guarantee that it does not contain anything that could damage your data or your device. You can use antivirus software if you want an extra layer of protection.

It used to be necessary to jailbreak to install an app like AppCake, but now anyone can use it to install any IPA file they want on their devices. It's free, safe and legal, so go ahead and try it today!

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