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.

Disclaimer: We don’t recommend Installous, iFunbox or any other Installous alternatives in any manner to Install .IPA files. iGeeksblog is not affiliated with any website/developer mentioned in this post, and we don’t encourage app piracy. 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.

iFunbox is a third-party file and download manager for the iPhone which has become popular as a great alternative to Installous of late. Installous 5 is not yet compatible with iOS 6. Many iPhone users complain that it is not working on iOS 6. Most users report an “Invalid IPA or API unavailable error” when they try to access Installous on iOS 6.

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In this scenario, i-Funbox comes as a great Installous 5 alternative to install .IPA files on your iPhone. The software works on Windows and Mac, and comes with some really cool features besides the IPA download thing which it's famous for. Let's take a look at some important things in i-Funbox, and notably, how to download and install cracked apps on iPhone running iOS 6 through i-Funbox.

iFunbox to Install IPA Files

i-Funbox is in v2.0 right now, with an enhanced UI that makes it easier to handle installation of apps, copying of songs and general file management. Since all the thing about photos, music, videos is taken care of by iTunes, it's the app installation that gets maximum focus. And quite naturally, that's why the software has become famous for.

No Jailbreak Needed
Well, that's slightly a misleading statement from the app guys.

Actually, if you want to use iFunBox as an alternative to Installous (to install cracked apps), you'll need AppSync and for that, you have to jailbreak your iPhone. So no matter what, if you want to be able to run cracked apps on your iPhone, you need to jailbreak it, even if you're using iFunbox.

If you're only going to use i-Funbox for installing apps you bought (and have the ipa files), you don't need to jailbreak your iPhone then. But for cracked apps, you will need to jailbreak.

How to Use iFunbox to Install Cracked Apps?

The method is pretty straightforward and simple.

1. Jailbreak + Appsync

You'll first need to jailbreak you iPhone running iOS 6 and install Appsync. Here's how:

Note: You'll need AppSync only if you want to sync and update the apps. Since there are issues at the moment with AppSync, you can skip these steps (except the jailbreaking).

  • Jailbreak your iPhone on iOS 6.x and install Cydia
  • Go to Cydia -> Manage -> Sources -> Edit -> Add
  • Type ‘http://repo.hackyouriphone.org' to the repo and tap Done
  • Now, search for “AppSync” and install the package for iOS 6.0 (AppSync for iOS 6)
  • Respring Cydia to finish the installation

2. Transfer .IPA Files to iFunbox

After you've installed AppSync, you can then begin transferring cracked apps to your iPhone. To do this:

  • Download .ipa files from sites like http://iphonecake.com.
  • Open i-Funbox v2.0
  • Connect your iPhone to your system
  • In the left-panel of i-Funbox, choose your device (which shows up)
  • Double-click on User Applications from the left-panel list
  • Now, right-click and press “Install App”
  • You'll be asked to choose an .ipa file: choose the one you just downloaded.
  • i-Funbox will finish the installation and notify.
  • That's it!

Try opening the app from your iPhone.

iFunbox for Windows / Mac

  • John234

    pfff just use iStick from Softorino…no iTunes sync, its super easy and they even got a free trial, I definitely recommend to look them up.

  • Just passing through

    Does this guy even respond to questions…

    • We do. :) This is a thin line though… we did point to a direction but
      we don’t want to get involved in Installous or other things that are
      well-known for app piracy. That explains the disclaimer and the silence.



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  • Santos

    I tried this already but when i try to install using iFunbox, it says, Error (-402653104). Please help

  • Twitterboy

    Tweetbot isn’t working. Anyone else having this problem?

  • Taran

    it’s not working .. file ask me my apple id if i fill it .. it will close .. help please

  • aizat razak

    how can i know when the apps have a latest update?

  • Thanks so much for soft and advices. It was really helpful to mind, now I can used everything what I want.

  • JD

    the download and installation succeded but the app crashes
    it dosent open

  • JD

    John, you need AppSync 5.0+ to work with iOS 6. Good luck.

  • xircnunes

    sorry…..that’s working
    you need install AppSync 6xx
    thanks a lot!!!!!!

  • xircnunes

    the same here….
    error…. Failed ……my iphone 4 and ipod4
    we need some solution fast!!!!

  • Bas Verhappen

    Thanks this information did help me very much.
    Esspecialy the part were to find app sync.

  • Patriek

    It works here! Done on iPhone 5 with iOS6.1 jailbreak by evas1on.
    Only is offline indeed, you can download AppSync for iOS 5&6 by adding the source http://cydia.iphonecake.com

    Then I downloaded and installed iFunbox to my Windows PC and now I can install IPA files from my computer to my iPhone without a problem.

  • The_Edge

    Getting the Installation : Failed (-402653104) problem, any ideas?

    I’m on ipad 2 6.01 evasion

  • Cash shah

    I have a iPhone 5, just installed the newly added appsync iOS 6 from repocydia.com. Downloaded appcake and installed a random app. It installed the app but for some reason the app wont open. When i Press on the app, it opens but immediately goes back to the home screen..
    Any1 know why


  • John

    Doessnt work for me either. I tried different repos that had an ios6 appsync but ifunbox still says failed after trying to install an app. Hopefully there will be a fix for this soon!

  • iscrites

    I have jailbroken ios6.1 and now all the new cracked apps I install cannot be transfert with itunes. I tried Appsync 5+ and the one calle Appsunc for ios6. I used Ipast0re and AppCake to download and install but I doesn’t work.
    Is there an alternative or should I wait for a new working AppSync ? Because this means If I have to restore, I won’t be able to restore these apps.

    • Cooper

      where can i get all the new cracked apps

  • Adel

    That’s the easiest way I’ve ever seen :))
    gonna remove all other stuff e.g vshare and the old installous ;)

  • Cooper

    1. I cant see cydia downloaded apps. How do i see them when i download from cydia

    2. Which is good website to download ipa files. all gives me page cannot be displayed

  • Zsnipe06

    First Thanks to everyone else who showed me where to really get Appsync.. as for the author, really installous has been dead for over 2 months now. and as for apptrackr thats been offline for as long as i can remember.

    but thanks for trying.

  • Megas

    Installation : Failed (-402653104)
    You can’t install IPA on iOS 6 jailbreaked with Evasi0n with iFunBox…It always fails with error -402653104 even if you have correct AppSync 2.2 for iOS 5.0+

  • Jay-el

    alternatice source WITH appsync:

  • Wowie

    Since cydia.hackulo.us does not exist anymore, AppSync for iOS 6.1 is handling by source => http://repocydia.com/ now.

  • ismifadly

    add this repo for appsync – http://www.sinfuliphonerepo.com/ or repocydia.com/

  • thinu

    cydia.hackulo.us repo nolonger works.So Unable to install AppSync ??

  • Roycin

    For some reason, I can’t add cydia.hackulo.us as a source.

    Neither can I access apptrackr.cd

    Running evasi0n on iPad2 iOS6.1

    • Anonymous

      Just use AppCake+ instead. Hackulous, the company behind Installous, has stopped the development and production of the tool. Of course, it is not recommended for anyone to do Piracy, but if you really want to, just use AppCake+. No AppSync is needed. Just add it’s source: cydia.iphonecake.com, and install AppCake+, like you would usually do with Installous.

  • Rushi Patel

    Can I use the same application and steps to install my own IPA developed in Xcode 4.5 ?
    As a developer is it helpful to install applications without Developer Account ?