AppCake is a name many iOS users know from when jailbreaks were in much better supply than they are now. It was one of the most popular jailbreak tweaks for installing unofficial IPA files onto an iPhone or iPad, but now, with the severe lack of jailbreaks available, the developers have updated it to work outside of Cydia.
What is AppCake
AppCake is a free platform for iOS users that makes it easy to install unsigned IPA files onto an iPhone or iPad. These are unofficial files that Apple will not sign, and, until now, the best tool to get these onto an iOS device has been Cydia Impactor. However, there are some differences. For a start, Cydia Impactor requires that the IPA file you want is downloaded from an external source, whereas AppCake already contains thousands of files just waiting to be downloaded. And, second, Cydia Impactor limits you in how many files you can have active on your device whereas AppCake has no such limits.
It’s fair to say that AppCake is more of an unofficial appstore, offering thousands of IPA files, but you can also find your won files on the internet and use AppCake to install those too. The app was developed by iPhoneCake and began circulation in 2008 when iPASTORE released it to the public via Cydia. It has full compatibility with all iOS devices on iOS 9 right up to and including iOS 13.
AppCake offers users tons of cool features, including:
● It is completely free
● Thousands of built-in files
● You can install external files
● All the included content is sorted into useful categories, making it much easier for you to find and download your files
● Download popular jailbreaks, such as Electra and Unc0ver
● Supports all devices on iOS 9 to iOS 13
But that’s not all.
AppCake also has these cool features:
● A File Manager – this lets you track your downloads, see if there are any issues with any of them, monitor progress and manage all your downloads easily
● A Built-in Web Server – access your downloads from any browser, regardless of device. You can upload your files and download them between your iPhone or iPad and your computer.
● Customizable Settings – set your downloads to install automatically when they have downloaded and easily fix any app crashes that occur on iOS 12 and iOS 13 devices
How to Install AppCake
While you no longer need to jailbreak to install AppCake, you won’t find it in the Apple app store. It’s really not
the kind of app that Apple supports, but you can install it directly to your device. One thing to be aware of is that all the unsigned files in the app are signed using enterprise certificates, and there is every chance that Apple will revoke them, crashing the apps. Simply reinstall if this happens to you.
1. Open the official AppCake download page from the Safari browser on your device.
2. Tap the download button and, when the popup message appears, tap on Install – this gives the app permission to install on your device.
3. Go to your home screen; when the installation has finished, the app icon will be there, and AppCake is ready to use.
Fixing the Untrusted Developer Error
Because AppCake is not an official app, when you try to open it for the first time, you may see an Untrusted Developer error message, stopping you from opening the app. This is easy enough to fix; just note down the name of the developer from the error message:
1. Then open your iOS Settings app
2. Tap on General and go to Profiles & Device Management
3. Find that developer name in the app list and tap it
4. Tap the Trust button and close Settings
Try opening AppCake again, and you should be able to get straight into the app.
How to Use AppCake
There are two ways of using this app – installing files already included in the app or installing external files:
Method 1: Installing Included Files
1. Open AppCake and pick an app category (see below for details)
2. Find the app you want to install and tap it – you can use the search bar if you want to find something specific
3. Follow the on-screen instructions to install the file to your device.
Method 2: Installing External Files
1. Use your Safari browser to find and download the IPA file you want – only use reputable sources
2. Send your file to AppCake
3. Open AppCake and go into the Downloads section
4. Tap the file and follow the onscreen guide to install it
Be aware that you may need to trust the developer on many of the apps – just follow the steps above.
How Safe is AppCake?
Following stringent testing by the developers and by us, we can confirm that AppCake is 100% safe to use. We didn’t find any viruses or malware or anything else that can harm your data or your device, but, as a precaution, you should always have anti-virus software on your device when using third-party applications. Another reason why AppCake is safe to use is that you don’t need to jailbreak to use it; that means you don’t circumvent any Apple security and don’t leave your device open to the possibility of external threats. Lastly, your Apple ID is not required to use the app, so Apple cannot track your usage of AppCake.