Jailbreaking is the mainstay of many iOS users, a way for them to make their devices their own. They do that through Cydia, by downloading numerous apps and tweaks that give them the extra features and functionality that they want, including file manager | explorer apps like iFile. iFile provides users with a way into their file system, to manage and customize it as they see fit and this is something that Apple will never allow you to do. Without a jailbreak, we have lost that method of downloading iFile [ext link] but there is another way, a way that does not require you to use a jailbreak at all. It involves downloading an app called Cydia Impactor and side-loading iFile onto your device and, for this, you are going to need an Apple ID.

Image : iFile App Installer

Just so you are aware, though, because you are not using a jailbreak to get iFile, you won’t get access to as many files and directories as you would normally. Still, this is better than nothing so here are the steps to side-load iFile onto your iPhone or iPad.

How to Install iFile without Jailbreak :

  1. Download the iFile .ipa file [ ext link ]
  2. Download Cydia Impactor [ ext link ] 
  3. Follow the guide in the linked article on Step 2 to use Cydia Impactor to side-load iFile onto your iPhone or iPad  
  4. When you have completed the steps, you should see the iFile icon on your device home screen [ tap on it and you will see that it doesn’t work ]
  5. To make it work, tap on Settings > General > Profiles & Device Management 
  6. Find the certificate for iFile and tap it
  7. Tap on Trust and then when the confirmation screen comes up, tap on Trust again
  8. Now you should find that iFile launches as it should do 

You will find that, when you use a regular Apple ID, the iFile certificate will only be valid for 7 days and you must reload it. The only way around this is to purchase an Apple developer ID at $99 per year . The certificate will then last for 12 months . You must weigh up whether it is worth the cost or not.

Do report back to us on what you think of this method of installing iFile. Will you use it or are you going to wait for a new jailbreak so you get full access to your file system ? To stay up to date on all the latest news, follow us on Facebook.

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