How to Install IPA Files With iFile

Written by charles poole
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iFile is a program that allows people to use File Transfer Protocol to transfer files to their iPod Touches, iPads and iPhones. Once these devices are jailbroken -- removing Apple's default restrictions so third-party applications can be installed -- your computer can gain access to them to transfer files and programs. They can be jailbroken through software packages such as Redsn0w or Blackrain. You don't have to be a networking genius to do this. You can install applications (IPA files) onto your devices by using the iFile program. But beware ... doing so may void your warranty.

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Things you need

  • SSH (Secure Shell) file transfer protocol program

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  1. 1

    Connect the iPod, iPad or iPhone to your home's network by clicking on the "Settings" button. Click on the "Wi-Fi" button, then select your home network from the list of networks that appears.

  2. 2

    Open the iFile program on your device by clicking on the "iFile" icon.

  3. 3

    Open your SSH program and enter your device's IP address in the "Address" field.

  4. 4

    Type "root" in the username field, then type "alpine" in the password field.

  5. 5

    Click "Connect" on your SSH program to connect to the device.

  6. 6

    Locate the IPA file on your computer, and drag the icon to the "Applications" folder on the device to install it.

Tips and warnings

  • Although not actually illegal, jailbreaking may void your device's warranty as stated on Apple's support site: "Apple strongly cautions against installing any software that hacks the iOS. It is also important to note that unauthorised modification of the iOS is a violation of the iPhone end-user license agreement and because of this, Apple may deny service for an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch that has installed any unauthorised software."

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