Disclaimer: We don’t recommend Installous or any other Installous alternatives in any manner to Install .IPA files. Developers put a lot of effort to create apps and what’s a dollar or two to spend on buying these apps? The only reason we post on these alternatives is to help users try out costly apps before they decide to purchase it. Under no circumstances should this be misconstrued as supporting piracy or piracy-related apps.
Update: The team at Hackulo.us have stopped further development on Installous. Installous and the related repos and tweaks are no longer available on Cydia. To read more about this development and to find other great alternatives to Installous, read this post.
What is Installous?
Installous is a very popular Cydia app for jailbroken iPhones and iPads. You can think of it as a Cydia within Cydia: you get access to lots of cracked apps from within Installous. Since a lot of people are wary of spending their money on paid apps (from the App Store), they choose to install them for free.
[alert-warning] Disclaimer: We don’t recommend Installous because developers put a lot of effort to create apps and what’s a dollar or two to spend on buying these apps? The only way we recommend the usage of Installous is when you are not sure if an app would really be helpful but would want to try it out before buying it. [/alert-warning]
Why is It Popular
Installous 5 is the latest version that got released sometime back. The app is one of the most popular apps in Cydia, with millions of downloads ever since the first version. The reason it’s so popular is because it gives users a chance to download apps that they’ve not been able to download because it costs.
Apps from both the App Store and from within Cydia – which sell for anywhere from $0.99 to lots more – can be easily found cracked on Installous. Not only this, with Installous 5, the developers added Bittorrent support, which means you can download apps, pause them and then continue from where you left!
New Changes in Installous 5
Installous 5, at the moment, works flawlessly on iOS 5.1.1 but those that have jailbroken their iPhones (A4 chip) have reported that Installous 5 works on iOS 6 too.
The changes in v5 are:
- Bittorrent support (to enable paused downloads)
- Better filehost compatibility
- iOS 5 notifications support (which we believe will be extended to iOS 6 too)
How to Install Installous on Jailbroken iPhone or iPad
If you’re running iOS 6 or iOS 6.0.1, this may/may not work. Installous 5 is configured to support iOS 5.1.1 so these instructions are for iOS 5.1.1 (and may work for iOS 6 too).
Step 1: Jailbreak your iDevice. (Jailbreak (tethered) for A4 devices on iOS 6 here)
Step 2: Launch Cydia
Step 3: Navigate to Manage -> Sources ->
Step 4: Tap on “Edit”
Step 5: Now tap on “Add”
Step 6: Type:
Step 7: Search for ‘Installous’ in Cydia and install the one that says “Installous 5.0.4”
Step 8: Now tap on Install and then on Confirm to begin installing the app
Step 9: At last you’ll have to Respring the Dash (tap on Restart the Springboard)
Once Installous 5 is installed, an icon appears on your homescreen.
From within the app, you can either choose to search for the app that you want to download or simply take a look at all the available cracked apps. When you see a torrent link, that means there’s Bittorrent support for the particular app you are viewing.