How to Use Cydia Impactor to Sideload Apps on Windows/Mac

In this post, I am going to explain to you what is Cydia Impactor and how you can download and install it on your Windows or Mac.

I will explain the things you can do with it and how to troubleshoot it if it stops working. This tutorial is aimed at anyone using iOS 9, 10, or 11.

What is Cydia Impactor?

Cydia Impactor is basically a tool that is used to install IPA files in iOS and APK files in Android. Using this tool, you can exploit the vulnerabilities of iOS or Android. It should be used alongside iTunes to install these apps on iOS devices.

Things to do with Cydia Impactor

Here are some Cydia impactor uses:

  • Cydia Impactor helps you install IPA files in iOS and APK files in Android. These are third-party apps or rooting software that you cannot find the Apple AppStore or Google PlayStore.
  • On iOS, this app can be used to install hacks for your favorite games including Pokémon Go and Minecraft
  • It helps you sideload apps on iPhone in a simpler way compared to the Xcode method
  • You will be able to digitally sign apps, then download and install them on iOS

Cydia Impactor download requirements

If you want to download Cydia Impactor, here are the prerequisites you should meet.

  • You should have iTunes installed on your Windows or Mac before you can sign or install iOS apps
  • You need a valid Apple ID. This is necessary for sideloading app certificates
  • A USB or lightning connector for connecting your iPhone to your computer
  • An active internet connection

If you have all this, in addition to an iPhone or iPad that runs on iOS 7, 8, 9, 10, or 11, you are set to download Cydia Impactor.

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How to download Cydia Impactor

In this segment, you are going to learn how to download Cydia Impactor on your Mac, Windows PC, or Linux based computer. This app is free and can be used in the latest version of Mac OS and Windows 10. It can also work for Windows 7 and Windows 8. Here are the download links for different devices:

How to Use Cydia Impactor

If you want to use Cydia impactor to install and sideload .iPA apps and files on your iOS device, follow the steps below:

  • Download to your computer the .ipa file of the app you wish to install. Here are some of the best ++ apps.
  • Use your USB or lightning cable to plug in your iPhone or iPad to your computer
  • Backup your data on iTunes
  • Open Cydia impactor once your backup is complete
  • Drag and drop the downloaded .ipa file to Cydia Impactor
  • Click OK on the Apple ID warning that appears
  • Enter your Apple ID credentials on the dialogue box that appears
  • Wait for a little while for Cydia Impactor to digitally sign your app and Install it to your iOS device
  • Once complete, disconnect your iOS device and go to Settings >General >Device Management
  • Find the profile of the installed app and tap Trust
  • Close the settings app and open the newly installed app

These are the only steps you will require for downloading and signing IPA apps on iOS whether you are using Windows 10, Linux, or Mac OS. All this can be done without jailbreak.

Common Cydia Impactor errors & their fixes

Errors you can encounter on Cydia impactor and how to fix them

1. No such device error/doesn’t recognize iPhone or iPad

This is an iTunes error which can be solved using any of the following tips:

  • Ensure your USB or lightning cable is working fine
  • Ensure that your iPhone or iPad is on
  • Unplug all accessories from your computer and retry connecting on a separate USB port
  • Restart your iPhone or iPad
  • Restart your Mac
  • Update iTunes to the latest version
  • Update your Mac or iOS version

I have arranged them in order starting from the simplest since any of these methods can work.

2. Installed application is from a different account

To fix this error, follow the steps outlined here:

  • Launch Cydia Impactor on your Windows or Mac
  • Go to Xcode >Revoke Certificates
  • Enter your Apple ID

3. You already have a current iOS development certificate or pending certificate request

This is a common error (cpp:71), also known as error 71, that means you have used the app or a similar one before. To fix it, simply follow the steps here:

  • Launch Cydia Impactor on your Windows or Mac
  • Go to Xcode >Revoke Certificates
  • Enter your Apple ID

Another way to solve this error is by updating to the latest version of Cydia Impactor. You should now be able to use the device without any problems.

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4. Please sign in with an app-specific password

To fix this error, simply use another email to register for a new Apple ID and use it to sign in to Cydia Impactor.

The app-specific password error won’t appear anymore in the new account.

5. Lockdown error cpp:57

To troubleshoot this error, follow the steps outlined here:

  • Go to Settings > General >Reset > Reset Location & Privacy
  • Plug your iPhone or iPad to your computer
  • Open iTunes
  • Tap on the Trust button

You should now be able to use Cydia Impactor without the lockdown error.

6. Cydia Impactor stuck on generating application map

This error appears mostly on iOS 10.3 or 11. It has got something to do with impactor being updated to impact the latest versions of iOS.

This isn’t necessarily a problem since the app will just work fine. However, if you want to avoid it in future, simply download the latest version of Cydia Impactor.

7. Cydia Impactor stuck on verifying application

This could be brought about by your iPhone or iPad freezing or when there is a loss of connection during app verification. Follow these steps to fix the problem:

  • Turn your iPhone or iPad to airplane mode airplane mode for a minute before switching it back
  • Hard reset the device
  • Examine whether the authentication worked
  • Delete the app’s existing profile, if it does exist on the device
  • Remove the other version of the app if there are two of them.

8. Impactor.exe has stopped working

If you get the impactor.exe has stopped working error when you use Cydia Impactor on Windows 10, follow the steps below to get it working once more:

  • Go to Settings > Accounts > Family & Other People on Windows 10
  • Select Add Someone Else to this PC under the Other people section
  • Select I don’t have this person’s sign-in information
  • Select Add a user without a Microsoft account
  • Add a name and password for this user
  • Go back to Family & Other people
  • Select Change account type
  • Select Administrator then click OK
  • Log out of the current account and sign in with the new one.
  • Repeat the app installation process with this new account

If you already have another admin account, simply use it instead of creating a new one.

9. Cydia Impactor cannot find .app/Info error (ipa.cpp:438)

This error occurs when you are trying to drag and drop a zipped ipa file to Cydia Impactor. It is triggered because you are moving a zipped folder instead of the ipa file. To solve this problem, simply unzip the file first before dragging and dropping it to Impactor.

Top apps that you can sideload on your iPhone

You can download and install plenty of apps to your iOS device using this app. Here are some of the best Cydia Impactor apps:

And any other jailbreak app, as long as it is in .iPA format.

Hopefully you have managed to install Cydia Impactor and sideload apps with it. If you encounter any issues or if there is an error you would like help in troubleshooting, share in the comment section below.

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