Monday, February 3, 2014


Recently, iOS 6.x untethered jailbreak tool, evasi0n, was released for all iDevices. One of the main reasons why people jailbreak is to be able to download paid apps for free. And the name that used to chime with app piracy, Installous, was shut down a while back and a new winner, AppCake, rose from its ashes to save the interests of jailbreakers. But we can't always download application files(.ipa files) directly to our device and torrents and some good sites like iphonecake.com do host cracked apps and make it quite easy to download one. The plight of users is that there is no direct or apparent which enables users to download .ipa files on PC and then transfer them to their iPhone to be able to install them. But as we know, for every problem, there always lies a solution.


Lets have a look at how to do the deed.

Step 1: As you may have guessed you require a jailbroken iDevice so that you can install AppCake on it. If you don't have one you can click here(for iOS 5.x and lower users), here(for iOS 6.x users) and here (for iOS 7 users) to know about the process.

Step 2: Now, you need AppCake in your iDevice. If you don't already have this amazing piece of software, then click here to know how to have it.

Note: iOS 7 users with jailbreak need to download an utility afc2add using Cydia from ModMyI repository to be able to move forward and access their device's root file system.


Step 3: To be able to transfer files easily, we need a PC based file manager for iDevices and Disk Aid is one of the best of the lot. To download it, open your internet broswer and go to digidna.net.


And now click on Download button for your appropriate Operating System and as  you click it, a new tab will open and the download will start.


Step 4: Now, click on the installation file and start the setup process for Disk Aid. Follow the on screen instructions to complete the setup.


Step 5: When the installation process finishes, start Disk Aid and plug in your iDevice.


Step 6: Now, when Disk Aid opens click on Root and then go to var directory(don't get it confused because of the shortcut icon) in it.


Step 7: Now, when the var directory opens, click on mobile folder.


Step 8: Now, in the mobile directory, you will see a folder named Documents.


Step 9: In the Documents folder, there will be a folder named Downloads.


This is the folder where all ipa(iPhone Application) files are stored for AppCake and thus if you ever want to install an application through its cracked ipa file which is stored on your PC, all you need to get that application installed is copy the file to this directory.


And when you complete the copying procedure, AppCake on your iDevice will show the .ipa file in its Downloaded section and now all you got to do to install the application on your iDevice is click Install.


Now, as many of you might have been a user of Installous, when it was present, and you may even have some .ipa files stored through Installous which you think now have gone to waste. Well, you can have these .ipa files too. Although, you may have removed Installous from your iDevice, but the folder it uses to store the files doesn't get deleted and you can always extract cracked .ipa files from the folder. The path of the folder is /File System/Root/var/mobile/Documents/Installous/Downloads .





So, now you know from where to extract all your previous cracked .ipa files, before Installous went under, so that they can be used through AppCake, erasing the need to download them again. Also, now you are not tied to the need of downloading an installation file for an application on the iDevice itself and instead you can download the files from the convenience of your PC and then use them for installation on iPhone.

52 comments:

  1. does this apply for ipad? also the same procedure?

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    1. What is the error that you are getting?

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  3. please, help me. I'm from Brazil and last week I jailbroke my iPad. I installed Cydia and nice tweaks. I'd like to have a good app to have remote access to my pc and so I installed iFunbox in my PC and started to download ipa files as Ignition app.It's U$129,99 in itunes stores, but now I received the bill!!! I saw my email and it's there, as a normal purchase in iTunes Store. Is this common to happen? Some ipa files as Omnifocus did not appear in my account as a purchased app, itunes stores still show me it as an app to buy, but it's installed in my iPad and it's working. How do I solve this, cause if I have to pay why download cracked apps????

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    1. If you installed using appcake the only way you can be charged is if the app has in-app activation

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  4. No, it doesn't have this option. The only thing I remember is that I made an update of Justin.tv app. Ignition I do not remember, I'm almost sure that I didn't update it. Thanks God itunes store costumer support already gave me refunds of these purcheses.
    In other forum a member said: "You need to remove the metadata from your cracked apps so their updates dont show up in the appstore. Some cracked apps have removed the metadata already while others don't. Use an an app/ipa installer (i.e. ipa installer) which has similar functions to the old installous that has option to remove metadata or look for the app metadata removr. You could also domit manually."

    Other replyed: "Do you mean just simply delete iTunesMetadata.plist file out of the app's folder? That can be done with iFile on the device, or an app such as PhoneView on the computer when device is connected."

    I will be careful now. iTunes stores customer support said to me that they can refund just one time. They said to me be carefull in my purchases.
    thanks for the help.

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    1. iTunes customer service is quite helpful. Congrats for that. Never had the problem in my case because as far as i know AppCake takes care of the metadata issue. But from next time maybe try and remove metadata before you login to iTunes store.

      You can also try one more thing. Remove credit card from your iTunes account and then try to download. In that case, even if it tries to charge it won't have a payment source to charge so you can experiment and find out what is the problem.

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  5. Hey I used ur method to transfer filles I transferred nova3 and wild blood which I had downloaded from different sites now the app cake says installation error plz help me

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    1. What is the error that you are getting?
      Did the file transfer get completed successfully?

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    2. I am having the same error with other apps, once I downloaded it I installed it and it said it installed successfully but the app opens then closes straight away, this is a problem for me as I really want this app.

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  6. I have iphone 3gs, I can't find root folder in my phone what should i do

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    1. hay i have same problem my iphone is jailbroken

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  7. I have an iphone 3g, and I'm appcake installed on it, but when I opened DiskAid in mobile> documents, there exists the downloads folder, just have a file Config.plist'''' where'' I copy files ipa ''? HELP ME

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    1. Thats ok. You have to copy in this Downloads folder only. It will work normally regardless of other files there.

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  8. I copy the ipa file in the downloads document but they don't appear in app cake. What should i do?

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    1. Sometimes this happens. Download a very small ipa from AppCake directly. This will force it to make the directory it stores the ipas in. You can then copy in that directory. This might have to done only once.

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  9. Hey there I followed all your steps exactly but once I reach the mobile folder there are only 3 folders in there. Applications, library, and media. Which do I put the ipa file I have?

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    1. Sometimes this happens. Download a very small ipa from AppCake directly. This will force it to make the directory it stores the ipas in. You can then copy in that directory. This might have to done only once.

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  10. if i download the .ipa apps from appaddict.org via PC , then... can i install the apps by appcake? or i have to download appaddict app? because the download link from appaddict is more flexible and easy to download the file....

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    1. There won't be any problem. :)
      You can download ipa files from anywhere you like and then use AppCake for installation.

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  11. I did all except I don't find it in app cake, and I downloaded an app directly from app cake still can't find the app I want ( driver game ) I have iOS 6 jail broken. Just wanna know what to do
    Thanks so much

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  12. Hello it appears that the latest Appcake 3.8 has changed something. I recently had jailbroken IOS 5.1.1 as well as 6.0.1 and 6.1.2 and using the iFile program I had the same issue as Jaydude which is that the Documents folder is not created in the /var/mobile. I have used Appcake before in the past and the /var/mobile/documents folder is created and a Downloads sub-folder is inside (/var/mobile/documents/Downloads) however now it doesnt seem to create the Documents folder anymore. IN fact I even tried download a small .IPA file and after it saves, it disappears and does not show in the "Downloaded" tab of the AppCake program. Then using iFile I cant find the saved .IPA either.

    I did notice that in the Applications folder there is a subfolder called AppCake2 but that folder is empty.

    Does anyone know what's going on? This just started happening in the last month. It was working fine a month ago. I wanted to post something to the iphonecake.com forum so that hotsjf could respond to this issue

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    1. There might be some problem while AppCake was downloaded in your iPhone. As you can see here, everything is working fine on my iPhone and things are the same place as they should be even on v3.8.

      Try removing and re-installing AppCake.

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  13. Thanks a lot...It did all for me, as I was unable to install cracked apps neither from itunes nor any from other iphone PC suite and now its only appcake doing the work for me. I had tons of downloaded cracked apps which I was unable to install. You made my day :)

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  14. Will it sync my iphn to computer, in that case should i back up first. I have never synced my phn to pc.. I alwayys use wifi to download . But certain ipa files i could directly download..

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  15. do the pictures load? i mean the app icon image, also, does this works on ipad 1? and also, with this i can update an a already installed on the ipad?

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  16. I followed the steps exactly as shown. I copied the files to the downloads folder. But when I opened AppCake, the files aren't shown in the downloaded section.

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  17. hello when i download any ipa file and it's not the same version in the app store could i update from the app store?

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    1. No. You need to install cracked IPA file of the update as well. You can have a look here for updating help.

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  18. i downloaded updatr but when i dubble tap on the app that i want to update it's says view on apptracker and ignore this version and cancel what to do and apptracker is not working any more is that true?

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  19. I have download Long Path Tool and it is the best solution of your problem.

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  20. Hi there,
    I followed your Instructions step by step
    But once i try to install the App (Chaos Rings II, about 800 MB) it just keeps installing the app i canceled the Installation After 40 Minutes because i thought there Would be something wrong... Can you help me?

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  21. Thanks mate, works perfectly, been trying to download tomtom sat nav for ages but none worked, then i downloaded on pc and tried to copy from computer to the iphone which didnt work with other methods, then i found this website and tried this method as i aleady had the best app in the world (appcake) and this method works. now i wont get lost.

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  22. Hey I am using iphone 3Gs ios 6.1.3 jailbroken, and when i try to install applications on my phone using appcake, its just shows the install and it doesn't install the applications but it shows them as being downloaded, and even when i use the diskaid i follow the steps correctl and it does show it on appcake, but when i have to install it does the same thing, it does not install, what can I do? please help

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    1. It means that the DRM patcher part of your appcake isn't working properly. Trying removing and installing AppCake again and take care that you don't get any red lines after you hit install. It should help.

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    2. I am kinda new to this environment please pardon me. How do I go about removing appcake from my device, so that I can reinstall it again?

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  23. I managed to remove appcake and reinstalled it, and I am having the same problem again, and when I try to use the ifunbox, it shows that the application is installed but it doesn't appear on my phone, what is it that I am doing wrong?

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  24. Why cannot copy fro PC to iphone more that 400MB, im trying to paste TomTom(1.5GB) and install it, but when i try to "copy to device" it says not enough space, although i have 12GB free space???

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  25. I have an ios7 iphone 4s jailbroken and I cant find the "file system" directory please help. im using diskaid

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    1. Can you send me a screenshot of what you are seeing?

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    2. Try going to cydia and installing afc2add it will help ;) .....
      My problem is, when trying to copy large files.Itt shows eror that there is not enough space to proceed copy....:( available:509,07MB ...any idea ? ty

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  27. i have iO7 jailbroken ipad Air but cant find the folder named root...Can you please help...

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    1. Updated with the solution. Have a look at Step 2 to find the update. :)
      Sorry for the delay. :)

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  28. How do you find Filesystem in DiskAid? I've download the latest version of DiskAid and can't navigate this >.<

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    1. Updated with the solution. Have a look at Step 2 to find the update. :)
      Sorry for the delay. :)

      Also, you can also work with another softwares like iFunbox or iExplorer, if you feel like, instead of DiskAid.

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