It used to be that we could only get useful apps like iFile File Manager for iOS by jailbreaking and downloading Cydia onto our iOS devices. These days, jailbreaks are getting further and further apart and that means users have two choices listed below.
Image : iFile File Manager Download Tutorial
- Retain their jailbreak by staying on an earlier iOS firmware, meaning they miss out on new and exciting features as well as risking the security of their devices
- Updating to the latest iOS version and not being able to jailbreak
Luckily, with the lack of jailbreaks, there is a new way to get apps onto our devices. Using another tool called Cydia Impactor, we can side-load these apps without the need to jailbreak first. This is the case with iFile [ext link], once a Cydia-only app, now available to anyone, regardless of whether they have updated their iOS version or not. You do need to have a valid Apple ID to use Cydia Impactor and this has one downside , if you are using a free ID, you will need to side-load the app again every 7 days because the certificate will expire; those using the paid developer ID will find it expires every 12 months.
How to Download iFile – No Jailbreak :
- Download the iFile .ipa file [ext link]
- Download Cydia Impactor
- Check out the linked article on Step 2 for the steps on how to side load an app using Cydia Impactor
- Once you have completed the above process, open Settings on your iOS device. iFile will not launch unless you follow this next step
- Go to General > Profiles & Device Management and locate iFile in the app list , tap Trust and then tap Trust again
- Now you can use iFile app without any trouble
iFile is, to all intents and purposes, a Cydia app and, as such, you will not have access to all the features you would if had installed it on a jailbroken device. The reason for this is, by side-loading it, you are not getting root access and iFile is being sandboxed. This limits the files and directories that you can access and limits your ability to write to files, right down to specific files only.
Image : iFile File Manager Interface
However, you are still getting some features that you couldn’t have through any app store app and that is a bonus in itself, especially with the distinct lack of jailbreaks these days. So, give it a go and let us know how you get on; you can delete iFile easily if you find you can’t get on with it.