At one time, you could only access AppCake if you installed a jailbreak on your iPhone or iPad. It was one of the most popular Cydia tweaks of all time, giving users access to a whole heap of third-party apps. Still, now, with jailbreaks being few and far between, the developers made their app available to all iOS users, regardless of whether they have a jailbreak or not. It’s free to download, so keep reading for all the info.
What is AppCake?
AppCake is an iOS app store that offers an easy way to install unsigned IPA files on your device. These files are apps that Apple will not officially sign, mainly because they contain modifications that Apple disapproves of. That doesn’t make them illegal apps, and it doesn’t make them unsafe; not being allowed entrance to the iOS app store just means they go to the unofficial app stores.
AppCake is similar to Cydia Impactor in that it helps you sideload the files. But, where Cydia Impactor allows you three apps at a time, and you have to download them from the internet, AppCake lets you install as many as you want. And as well as letting you install files you downloaded yourself, AppCake also gives you access to thousands of pre-installed apps.
Developed in 2008 by iPhoneCake, AppCake was released by iPASTORE and worked on iOS 9 through to iOS 14 on any device.
How to Install AppCake:
It is quite easy to install AppCake directly on your iPhone or iPad, but you do need to be aware of one thing – AppCake is built using expired enterprise certificates, and these are likely to be revoked by Apple. This will cause the app to crash, leaving you having to reinstall it over again. Using a recommended VPN can stop this from happening.
- Go to the AppCake website using Safari Browser and download the app store.
- Tap Install on the popup message asking for permission.
- The AppCake icon will be on your home page when the app is installed.
How to Fix Untrusted Developer Error:
When you tap the AppCake icon for the first time, you are likely to see an untrusted developer error. This is nothing to worry about; it’s just Apple telling you that they do not know the developer. You need to trust the developer so the app can run:
- Remember the developer’s name from the error message and press cancel.
- Open Settings and tap on General
- Go to Profiles & Device Management and tap on the developer name.
- Tap on Trust, close Settings – AppCake is now ready to use
How to Use AppCake:
Using AppCake is simple:
- Open the app can choose the app or game you want to download
- Tap it, tap Install and wait – when the app is downloaded, the icon is on your home screen
- You can also install external IPA files – download the files you want from reputable sites on the internet using Safari browser.
- Send the file to AppCake.
- Open AppCake, go to downloads, and tap the file to install it.
AppCake offers users plenty of features:
- Free to download and use
- Supports iOS 9 to iOS 14
- All content is categorized to make life easier for you.
- Some popular jailbreak utilities are included, offering a safe way to install Unc0ver, Electra, and other jailbreaks.
- Thousands of apps and games pre-installed
- Ability to install external IPA files
- Built-in search facility
The developers didn’t stop there, though. As well as all the standard features you expect with these kinds of apps, and you also get the following:
- Built-in File Manager – helps you monitor your downloads, see if there are any issues, and manage all your downloaded files.
- Built–in Web Server – access all your files using your PC or iOS device and upload/download files easily between them
- Customizable Settings – including the ability to fix crashes on iOS 12 and iOS 13 and settings downloaded files to install automatically.
How Safe is AppCake?
Very safe. Not only did it get tested at every step of the development, but it is also monitored daily. Any issues that users report or the developers find are immediately fixed with an update – you must download these updates to keep your app safe.
Another layer of security comes in the fact that you don’t need to install a jailbreak, so you are not contravening Apple’s security by hacking into the iOS root. We tested the app thoroughly and found no evidence of viruses, malware, or anything else that can potentially harm your device. Lastly, there is no need to use your Apple ID to install AppCake, so your app users cannot be tracked.
AppCake is well worth a look. It may not offer the exact same experience it did as a jailbreak app, but it does give you access to thousands of unofficial apps and games and works well as an alternative app store.