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.

It's been a big blow to users of Installous. As we move into the new year, the news of Hackulo.us shutting down the entire platform on which Installous was built and used came as a shock. But then, as they say, you've got to move on.


If you have been waiting to jailbreak your iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch, check out how to untethered jailbreak the iDevices here.

We have been covering a lot lately about alternative solutions of Installous, finding solace in things like i-Funbox, vShare and AppCake+. If you're looking for a viable alternative, we suggest you take a look at our posts on Installous alternatives.

One of the core modules that made Installous and plenty of other IPA downloaders work was the AppSync tweak. Earlier, when Installous was launched, Hackulo.us made sure you got the right AppSync for your iOS firmware on their repo. That repo is now gone and we reported that finding AppSync was a tough thing after the base repo is gone.

However, AppSync for iOS 6 is back up and running from several repos.

One of the easiest ways to get AppSync for iOS 6 is using the HYiP repo. Here's how to proceed:

  • Open Cydia
  • Tap on Manage -> Sources
  • Now, tap on Edit and then on Add to add the source
  • Type ‘repo.hackyouriphone.org' into the text field
  • Add the repo and let Cydia refresh/respring
  • After this, search for Appsync for iOS 6 in Cydia
  • This brings up the needed AppSync tweak! Download it!

Once you've downloaded AppSync, you're going to download IPA files and install them manually or just use software like iFunbox. We've covered a plenty of stuff on that so you can just check it out.

If you are still on older versions of iOS (5.x, 4.x), you can download the relevant AppSync version from the HackYouriPhone repo. Alternatively, if you're looking for the old AppSync repo, one of our Facebook fans was right on spot and got everything in place for you.

Roberto Perrotti, our Facebook fan who has graciously put the AppSync up on a repo so you can now get AppSync for 4.0+ and 5.0+. Read on for more details.

While AppCake lets you download and install IPA files directly, programs like vShare, which is one of the finest alternatives to Installous as far as I've seen, needs AppSync to work properly. That means you'll either need to have AppSync installed on your iPhone/iPad already or at least, get it from somewhere.

Getting it from a repo is the easiest way but after the Hackulo.us repo was shut down, it has been hard to find legitimate sources for AppSync. But that's where Roberto comes in.

His repo hosts two AppSync versions now. You'll mostly need the AppSync for iOS5.0+ version so you can grab that while it's there. Here's how:

Note: We've not yet been able to test the AppSync but we're kind of sure this will work.

Step 1: Open Cydia

Step 2: Tap on Manage from the bottom menu

Step 3: Tap on Sources

Step 4: Tap ‘Edit' on top and then on ‘Add'

Step 5: Type this URL into the field:

Step 6: After Cydia adds the repo, tap on the new repo and download AppSync

Step 7: Alternatively, you can also search for AppSync in Cydia after you've added the repo.

  • TJ

    Works excellent. iOS6xxx user. jailbroken device. I added this source today, was able to install Appsync 6, then ip file for BBM messenger.
    work good, thanks.

  • It work for me, good job. Thanks again

  • MIM

    Just worked for me. IOS 6.1.2 Ipad JB via evasi0n

  • ali

    help me please when i try to add source on my iphone 4s ios 6 “verification error” will come.

  • Santos

    Mine still doesn’t work. I added the source then installed AppSync for iOS 6. I opened iFunbox and tried to install an app but the same thing happened “Error Installing Package” HELP

  • selo@hotmail.com

    guys is this working appsync?? but if you install it your weather program wil crash??

  • GF

    Appsync via Perrotti’s repo works perfectly after the Envision jailbreak. Thank you!

  • Mitch

    hey guys..my problem is that i had apps in my icloud backup with important info that i would normally have transfer over. but without installous or appsync, the apps just say “waiting” forever. How do i get the download to begin?

  • Harry

    You can get AppSync for iOS 4 – 6 from the Sinful iPhone repo.


    Seems to be working fine for me with both my 4S and 5 running iOS 6.1

  • boha

    when trying to install appsync 5.0+ it says ‘size mismatch’

    any help on that?

    • Singh

      The servers are full right now try again in a couple of days

  • Dont use iFunbox or any program except for iTools! iTools is by far the best method for adding/deleting stuff from your i-device, even better than iTunes for non-jailbroken devices. It works great with AppSync which can also be found at http://repo.insanelyi.com.

  • Can you provide a direct link to dl Appsync and install via PC, as I have no wifi?

    • Hey man, as long as I know, you need to SHSH into iPhone to install files from the PC, but I don’t know if you can do that without wifi =. If your computer have a wifi adapter (USB, pci-e oh even integrated in the motherboard) you can share your connection to the iPhone, but I can’t upload that files right now because I’m in the iPad, but you can search it on google.

      • JnZooer

        No, you can use something like discaid to get in, and I believe it has a built in shell, otherwise, you can just drop the file somewhere in your phone and use the terminal on the phone to install it.

  • AppSync doesn’t work anymore. From any Repo.. tried yours, tried xsellize and also insanelyi.. No AppSync works. You can’t transfer IPA’s to your iTunes anymore, if anyone found a way to “Transfer purchases”(IPAs) please let me know.
    Both Installous and AppSync are dead.

    • Hey, I’ve tried this AppSync and it still works, I thinks there’s something wrong with your iDevice. I can still install my ipas with iTunes and ifunbox, in both my iPad and iphone

      • I can install them from iTunes too. But this is rather a feature of installous that is gone – iTunes Sync. It was used to copy apps you installed on your iDevice with installous to your iTunes.

        • Man, I found a way, but everytime you want to send a ipa to iTunes, you will need to download the ipa and send it to the Installous download directory. I’ve put the 3 files that you need (along with the AppSync) in my repo, but I haven’t tested it yet. After that, you just open Installous and install the app (or put the device in AirPlane mode before, if installous close). Or, by the easy way, you can use CopyTrans, and select just the ipas you want to transfer to iTunes (it is limited to 250 files in the beta version, but as we are download cracked apps, I don’t see anything wrong in crack the copytrans too =P)

          • Cool, good job, I will try these methods.. So far I tried iFunbox ipa copying from iPhone to PC and that works. But iTunes somehow never synces. I will have to try some alternatives that you said.

    • SonicK

      I think when you decided to jailbreak and stuffs, you just gotta stop sticking to legal things like itunes,… I downloaded it and it works!