Cydia Impactor is a well known jailbreak tool but anyone looking for it now will not find what they are looking for. Saurik has renamed Cydia Impactor to Cydia Eraser although the tool itself still works the same way [ Cydia Eraser will remove the jailbreak from your iOS device ] . Cydia Impactor has now been updated to digitally sign any IPA file [ .ipa ] e.g. Pangu , SnapChat++ [ext link] etc , and then downloading and installing it onto your iOS device via a side loaded app.
Image : Cydia Impactor
How to Sideload Apps using Cydia Impactor :
- Run Cydia Impactor. Download Cydia Impactor utility for Mac or Windows [ ext link ]
- Now plug your device into your computer
- Make sure that you can still see the Cydia Impactor interface and drag the .ipa file into Cydia Impactor.
- Make sure your device is picked up and recognized
- Click on OK on the warning that pops up
- Enter your Apple ID and click on OK. This is needed to install the certificate and, although we are told it is safe to do this, you can, if you prefer, set up a dummy ID for this process.
- Input the password for the Apple ID you are using and click OK
- Cydia Impactor will now prepare the app and sign the IPA file.
- If everything goes as it should, the sideloaded .ipa will be installed onto your iOS device [ in this case Pangu app ]. Do not run the new app for now [ see image below ]
- Go to your iOS device. Open Settings > General > Device Management. If you are on a lower iOS version, open Settings > General > Profile
- Tap on the Apple ID profile and then tap on Trust
- Close Settings down and open the new app
Features of Cydia Impactor :
Cydia Impactor is undergoing development as we speak but it is still in use as one of the few mobile GUI tools that actually works as it is meant to. Few features are ready for use, but they are useful features so let’s look at what they are:
- Bridging a Connection
One feature that Cydia Impactor provides is the ability to bridge a connection, restart a connection or disconnect a current connection between your computer and your iPhone or iPad. For this feature to be used, you must know what port number is in use.
- Easily Root Android Devices
Cydia Impactor isn’t just for iOS; it also helps to root Android devices from v2.3 to v5.0 in no more than a few seconds or a minute, depending on your connection speed. Connect your device to your computer, press on Start in Cydia Impactor and wait , your Android device will be rooted
- Unlocks Bootloader
Cydia Impactor can help you to unlock and lock bootloader easily. This is done through an Identifier token that is used to generate the unlock bootloader file on your device
- Built-In USB Driver
Because Cydia Impactor as a built-in USB driver, you don’t need to find and install the files yourself, allowing you quick and easy connection between your device and computer. All you need to do is install the drivers manually from within the application just once
- Install Package
Finally, Cydia Impactor allows you to flash mod packages, root and update packages and recover your files manually to your device without the need for Fastboot tools.
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