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Guide: Install Games & Apps on the iPhone/iTouch without itunes in seconds

Saturday, October 04, 2008 discuss in our forum | read comments(51)  
Basically this tutorial will go over how to install IPA files on your phone directly without using itunes. We are using an iPhone 3G 2.1 for this tutorial but it will work for any first, second gen iPhone and iTouch. We're going to assume that you have a jailbroken phone already, if you don't head over here for our guide. You can also uninstall any applications just like APPStore apps by holding the icons then hitting the little black X.

INSTALL PART (Only have to do this once, trust me its worth it)

First on your iTouch/iPhone head over to cydia, and install the following.

1. Erica Utilities
2. Safari Download Plug-in
3. UUID Generator
4. BossPrefs
5. SSH

The last piece of the puzzel is called IPAInstall and can be found here.
What you will need to do is install IPAInstall manually.

Connect your Iphone to your home wireless network.
Start WinSCP SSH Client from windows (download here)
You should see this screen, under hostname type in your iPhone/iTouch wireless IP here, and hit select Login. You can find this under Settings - > General - > Network.



When prompted for a username type in "root" without quotes and hit enter.



When prompted for password, type in "alpine" without quotes and hit Enter.



It should log you in and bring up this screen.



Click the drop down where it says root and switch it to / on the right hand side.



Now select the Applications shortcut which is the first on the right hand side and double click it. This will bring you to your application folder simular to something below.



On the left hand side browse to where you extracted ipainstall.zip you should have an IPAInstall.app folder, select it and hit F5 you should see this window pop up.



Click Copy
This will copy the application to your phone



Now on the right hand side select the IPAInstall.app folder and hit F9
You should see the properties window show up.



What we want to do here is select the checkmark on the



Now that you are done, the application will still not appear, to make it appear on the springboard download any free app from the appstore. Reboot the phone, You will now see the the IPAInstall Icon on the springboard.

HOWTO USE:

After everything is installed its very simple to use. First start bossprefs.



make sure the download plugin is on (SafariDL)



Next start safari and browse to your favorite IPA download site, we're gonna use themonkeysball.com



You can search or click the downloads link for a list of games and apps.



Select and app and hit download
You should see a window like this pop up.




Hit download again and it should start downloading.



When complete start IPA Installer from the springboard.



Now hit Install IPAs and wait till the phone restarts.
You should now see the application on your springboard



The End

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51 Comments :

     
   Anonymous litfuse_dec - 

I did exactly as you told but after restarting my phone, the IPAinstall is still hidden. "Poof" in Bosspref shows that it is on. Checked all folders made by Category applications and no IPAinstall icon inside. I can see the it on WinSCP though. Please help. 
 
     
     
   Blogger iphone3g-mods - 

goto cydia download a program called "respring"
then goto mobile terminal
type in SU
put in the password "alpine"
then type respring and let the phone reboot it should show 
 
     
     
   Blogger masterzeid*** - 

cannot find UUID Generator and Erica Utilities in cydia, how can i get them 
 
     
     
   Blogger Calvin - 

I can't get the first step done! Network connection refused keeps coming up 
 
     
     
   Anonymous Anonymous - 

as soon as i downloaded "respring" ipainstall appeared...thanks 
 
     
     
   Anonymous Anonymous - 

respringed using bosspref at it worked 
 
     
     
   Anonymous matt - 

I did this two days ago and it worked just fine but I've noticed that cydia hasn't updated changes in two days...any help? 
 
     
     
   Anonymous Anonymous - 

if you are having update problems with cydia goto cydia and reintall cydia installer it fixed my prob 
 
     
     
   Anonymous matt - 

thats the first thing i did...when was your last update in changes, mine was oct 4 around 10am 
 
     
     
   Anonymous Anonymous - 

I followed the directions, downloaded an app, it rebooted and now my phone is stuck on the apple screen. 
 
     
     
   Blogger iphone3g-mods - 

masterzeid*** said...

cannot find UUID Generator and Erica Utilities in cydia, how can i get them


do you have hack&dev source added ? its under cydia install that then refresh cydia 
 
     
     
   Blogger iphone3g-mods - 

Calvin said...

I can't get the first step done! Network connection refused keeps coming up

are you using the correct ip of the iphone ? can you browse the net using your wifi connection, start safari and check 
 
     
     
   Blogger iphone3g-mods - 

Anonymous said...

as soon as i downloaded "respring" ipainstall appeared...thanks
glad its working for you, so much easier now eh ? 
 
     
     
   Blogger iphone3g-mods - 

Anonymous said...

I followed the directions, downloaded an app, it rebooted and now my phone is stuck on the apple screen.
very strange never seen this before, restore then phone in dfu and try again 
 
     
     
   Blogger iphone3g-mods - 

. matt said...

I did this two days ago and it worked just fine but I've noticed that cydia hasn't updated changes in two days...any help?
comment below was correct reinstall cydia installer it worked for us 
 
     
     
   Anonymous Anonymous - 

I got this working...Just wondering, on that site, themonkeysball, there are some prices for the apps. Do we actually get charged when we download these apps? If so, how? If not, then why are there prices?

Thanks 
 
     
     
   Anonymous Anonymous - 

Hello, I posted the comment above, I'm going to assume that the prices shown, are prices that you WOULD HAVE had to pay if you bought it off iTunes? Is this correct?

Thanks 
 
     
     
   OpenID pokerandlife - 

OK, I have installed all. I get the error "The application 'IPAInstall' cannot be opened"
When I go to the properties in SSH I ticked the box, but when I went back in it was unticked. Is this common? Apart from that I think all in followed. 
 
     
     
   OpenID pokerandlife - 

twas me, i didnt dl a free app from the site. Works a treat Boss. Thanks. 
 
     
     
   Blogger masterzeid*** - 

i have hack&dev source but still cannot find erica 
 
     
     
   Anonymous Anonymous - 

I'm anxious to try the procedure but can't find the UUID Generator. Got everything else from Cydia and hack&dev. Is there another source for UUID? 
 
     
     
   Blogger iphone3g-mods - 

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got this working...Just wondering, on that site, themonkeysball, there are some prices for the apps. Do we actually get charged when we download these apps? If so, how? If not, then why are there prices?

Thanks
suggested retail price :) 
 
     
     
   Blogger iphone3g-mods - 

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello, I posted the comment above, I'm going to assume that the prices shown, are prices that you WOULD HAVE had to pay if you bought it off iTunes? Is this correct?

Thanks
correct 
 
     
     
   Blogger iphone3g-mods - 

pokerandlife said...

OK, I have installed all. I get the error "The application 'IPAInstall' cannot be opened"
When I go to the properties in SSH I ticked the box, but when I went back in it was unticked. Is this common? Apart from that I think all in followed.
no thats not common, thats the reason it wont launch though.. can you go in and change permissions individually to 775 and try it that way ? 
 
     
     
   Anonymous Sharpy - 

Ugh, I can never take two steps forward without walking into another brick wall... I've done every little thing on this guide... IPA still doesn't show up on my iTouch screen. If I do that thing in mobile terminal with respring it says it's not a known command or something. IPAInstall is staying set to 775, but that bottom checkbox keeps unchecking itself, "Set group, owner and permissions recursively." At first "SSH" and "SafariDL" didn't show up in BossPrefs, but I fixed that. I still don't see IPAInstaller on my iTouch though... Ugh, 99 problems but a bitch ain't one... For once can I just get something to work first try with this thing? 
 
     
     
   Blogger iphone3g-mods - 

lol dont worry it will get easier,

you need to download respring from cydia then run it in the terminal

also have you downloaded at least 1 app from the app store ? like any free app like facebook ? if not i would start with that first... if it dont make IPAintall show up then goto cydia download respring, start terminal and type the following

SU
when it asks u for a password type in "alpine" without quotes this will give you admin access then type in

RESPRING
it should reboot your phone and ipainstall should be showing now 4sure 
 
     
     
   Anonymous Sharpy - 

I tried that before and it didn't work. Now when I try to do that, I go into Terminal and type "su", then it asks for a password and when i go to type any letter, nothing shows up. So just in case that's supposed to happen i type in "alpine" anyway, and press enter. Then I type in "respring" and it says "command not known" or something like that. 
 
     
     
   Anonymous Sharpy - 

Sorry to double post here, can you just add me on MSN. It'll make this whole thing so much easier for me. My email is sport_allstar_12@msn.com

I've been having trouble trying to add you because I am retarded. 
 
     
     
   Blogger masterzeid*** - 

Can you guys help me, i download everything except Erica, because i cannot find it. I can download file on my iphone but i don't see safariddl in boss pref. and when i open IPAInstall it does nothing.


HOW CAN I GET ERICA?
WILL IT WORK WITH ERICA INSTALLED? 
 
     
     
   Blogger masterzeid*** - 

YES I HAVE hack&dev SOURCE ON MY IPHONE 
 
     
     
   Blogger iphone3g-mods - 

i installed erica today no problems did you let cydia update ?

ipa does not do nothing till u tap it then u see it go darker on the outside this means its running when ur phone resprings (locks) its complete 
 
     
     
   Blogger masterzeid*** - 

I had to restore my phone but now i have everything but still it doesn't work. i can download from themonkeysball.com and can see it when i ssh into my iphone but the IPAinstall program doesn't work, i press install IPAs then it tells me its going to start and finishes 1second later and the program doesn't show.

what did i do wrong, i have all the programs installed 
 
     
     
   Blogger masterzeid*** - 

note: my phone doesn't restart, when i press install IPAs it tells me its starting and a ok button appears, then it tells my it finished and returns back to the program 
 
     
     
   Blogger masterzeid*** - 

never mind i got it to work, thanks 
 
     
     
   Anonymous thisisme_08 - 

can someonr help me....how can i download app from app store? i don't have an account...what should i do? 
 
     
     
   Anonymous Anonymous - 

After installing the ipa is there a way to make the app show up on itunes? 
 
     
     
   Anonymous nekru - 

I cant see safari dl in the bossprief, done everything by the book.. :( Whats wrong? 
 
     
     
   Anonymous Anonymous - 

It works like a charm. But for some of the IPAs I can download but IPAInstall does not add them. Can I unzip the IPAs, transfer them using the SSH, and then do the IPA Install to add them?

BTW, as commented above, safari dl does not show up in bossprief, but it seems to work just fine (for most IPAs though). 
 
     
     
   Anonymous Anonymous - 

I figured it out. Just use SSH to copy the IPAs in
/private/var/mobile/Library/Downloads

and run IPAinstall. It will even install those IPAs that are not installed when downloaded using Safari. 
 
     
     
   Anonymous Anonymous - 

Hi... part 5 where i get told to install SSH on Cydia... i search SSH and i find automatic SSH and OpenSSH and i don't find SSH by it self... what should i install? thanks 
 
     
     
   Anonymous Anonymous - 

i dont have the downloads folder in the library 
 
     
     
   Anonymous bruce lee - 

good day..... i followed all the instructions starting in the winSCP log in till IPAInstall Icon appears on my springboard, appreciate the tuturials,, but im jst wondering, in the Boss Pref's view, i noticed that you turned off the wi-fi and leave the 3g and edge on...does it really necessary to do that one? coz man it will take some time to load when using the safari..again, thanks for the tips, it really enlightend me...more power! 
 
     
     
   Anonymous Anonymous - 

what dashboard theme is that you are using for the pictures? 
 
     
     
   Anonymous Anonymous - 

Well IPA installer was loading the files, then the iphone restarted. But it doesnt want to open anymore. All u see is that apple on that black screen... Ive been waiting for 10 min, and tried to restart it again, it did the same thing. What should i do now? 
 
     
     
   Anonymous Anonymous - 

I didnt have the download folder either so I created it but still no luck,any ideas?. 
 
     
     
   Anonymous Anonymous - 

If you don't find the folder:
In WinSCP, after you connect to iphone, see on top of the 2nd screen where it says "Default" with a list-down? Click it and then select "/root" and go follow directions from there on. 
 
     
     
   Anonymous Anonymous - 

i've downloaded the apps from appulo.us, but it doesnt appear on my springboard 
 
     
     
   Anonymous reusable bags - 

Please help. after i put games. my phone said that "The application cannot be opened." i tryed it many times but still does not work. pls help. my phone's version is 2.2 
 
     
     
   Blogger Beckygooddg - 

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   Blogger Beckygooddg - 

你是修空调的吗?
made in china 
 
     


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