With nearly 2 million apps available, the iOS app store is one of the largest and most diverse in terms of content in the world. Now that jailbreaking seems to have died a death, users are being forced back to the app store, back to using standard apps that don’t always work as they should. While there are plenty of free apps and games in the official app store, most of them feature in-app purchases that can soon add up, and many of the stock apps are missing fundamental features. Although the Cydia jailbreak store is no longer available to many though, we do have alternative options to the official store.
Top 5 Alternatives to the iOS App Store
Those alternatives were originally released to give back some of what Cydia offered, but they are fast becoming go-to app stores for many people. Why? Because everything is free and there is a huge choice of modified apps and games in every one of them.
These are the five alternatives that we consider to be the best unofficial app stores:
TutuApp is one of the original providers of modified games and apps, once only available through Cydia. Now it can be used by anyone running iOS 7 or higher, and you get the choice of a free or paid version. The free version is ad-supported and isn’t quite so fast as the paid version, but it still contains a huge selection of tweaked apps with extra features, modified games with extra features and in-app features unlocked, Cydia tweaks such as screen recorders and emulators, and a whole load more. Some of the more popular downloads include Minecraft PE, GTA, Instagram++ and Snapchat++. The paid version offers more choice of apps and games, is more stable and is not ad-supported, offering much faster download speeds as well. TutuApp is very easy to install and even easier to use.
Next in line is the Panda Helper app. This is another app store alternative that offers both a free and paid version, although the free version is enough for most people. It offers over 2000 modified stock apps, tweaked stock games, Cydia tweaks, and more, everything free to download and use. On offer are apps like Instagram++ and WhatsApp++, stock apps with new features, and Minecraft PE, GTA, and Pokémon Go, stock games with cool new features and completely unlocked. As well as that, you can download screen recorders, music, and movie streaming apps, games emulators, ringtones, themes, wallpapers, and much more. The paid version offers a little more choice and is faster. Both apps are compatible with iOS 7 or above and are easy to download and use.
Emus4U is something a little different. Although it still contains thousands of modified apps and games, it focuses quite heavily on Cydia tweaks, in particular, the games emulators. As the only way of playing games console games on the iPhone or iPad, these were sorely missed when Cydia disappeared, but Emus4U brings them back for us with a substantial choice of emulators to download. As well as that, the installer also offers modified apps for free, modified stock apps like Snapchat++, Spotify++, and YouTube++, tweaked games like Pokémon Go, Minecraft PE, and GTA, and much more besides. Compatible with iOS 7 and higher, Emus4U app offers something for all users.
Without a doubt, TweakBox is one of the most popular app store alternatives. Packed with modified apps and games, unofficial apps for free, Cydia tweaks, and a whole lot more, TweakBox offers users more than 2000 apps and games to choose from. Popular downloads include stock apps modified with new features, including Snapchat++, Instagram++, Spotify++ and WhatsApp++. Popular games tweaked with extras, in-app purchases unlocked for free and include Minecraft PE, GTA, Pokémon Go and Last day on Earth. Some of the most downloaded tweaks from TweakBox are AirShou, a fully-featured screen recorder, games emulators and streaming apps. It is completely free and compatible with iOS 7 and above.
Ignition is a relative newcomer to the scene in terms of app store alternatives but is good enough to make the top 5. Fully compatible with all iOS devices on iOS 7 or above, Ignition has an incredibly active admin, with new apps added daily, a complete overhaul of the interface every three months, and regular security checks and updates. Any app submitted for inclusion in the store is given a thorough security check before being allowed in, meaning you can download any app or game from Ignition in complete safety. In terms of content, Ignition offers much the same as the other alternatives; plenty of modded games and apps, a few Cydia tweaks, ringtones, themes and more with popular downloaded being YouTube++, Snapchat++, Minecraft PE and Clash of Clans. With new apps added daily, there is more chance of finding what you want, and the developers remain committed to providing you with the very best app store alternative.
How to Use App Store Alternatives
Using these alternatives is very easy to do:
- Install your choice of app store alternative on your iPhone or iPad
- Tap the icon to open it
- Search for the app or game you want to install
- Tap on it, tap Install and wait. When the icon is on your home page, the download is finished.
If you get an Untrusted Developer error when you try to use an app or the app installer, note the developer name on the error message and open your Settings app. Tap General > Profiles and trust the relevant profile.
Five of the very best app store alternatives; each one offers something for all users, regardless of age or app preference, and every one of them is completely free to use. That means thousands of apps and games, not to mention Cydia tweaks, at your fingertips without you having to spend a single penny. These alternatives are set to change the way people download their apps forever; are you joining the fun?