How to Sideload Apps Onto Your iPhone Using Xcode

How to Sideload Apps Onto Your iPhone Using Xcode

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These are instructions on how to sideload apps onto your iPhone using Xcode. This will let you run apps that Apple has not approved for sale in its App Store. To perform these steps you will need to have access to the source code for the app you want to sideload. You do NOT need to be a developer or need to be jailbroken to follow these steps.

Step One
Install Xcode 7 from the Mac App Store.
How to Sideload Apps Onto Your iPhone Using Xcode

Step Two
Download the source code for the app you want to sideload. Typically you will be able to download the entire Xcode project. For example, you might want to try an emulator like GBA4iOS or app that can change your screen gamma. There are many others. Check out this list.

Most applications can be downloaded as a zip containing the .xcodeproj. More complex apps may have dependencies that need to be installed such as Cocoapods. Read the instructions on GitHub or Bitbucket for assistance. Also, make sure to only download apps from trusted developers.
How to Sideload Apps Onto Your iPhone Using Xcode

Step Three
Double click the .xcodeproj file to open it in Xcode.
How to Sideload Apps Onto Your iPhone Using Xcode

Step Four
Select Preferences from the Xcode menu.
How to Sideload Apps Onto Your iPhone Using Xcode

Step Five
Click the + button under the Accounts tab then select Add Apple ID....
How to Sideload Apps Onto Your iPhone Using Xcode

How to Sideload Apps Onto Your iPhone Using Xcode

Step Six
Enter your Apple ID and password the click Add.
How to Sideload Apps Onto Your iPhone Using Xcode

How to Sideload Apps Onto Your iPhone Using Xcode

Step Seven
Select the app project from the side bar on the left if it isn't already selected then change the bundle identifier to something unique. Typically you would use a bundle identifier that looked like 'com.yourname.appname'. For example, com.johnsmith.gammathingy.
How to Sideload Apps Onto Your iPhone Using Xcode

How to Sideload Apps Onto Your iPhone Using Xcode

Step Eight
Connect your iPhone to the computer via USB. If this is the first time you are using the device with Xcode, it may take 5-10 minutes for Xcode to setup the iPhone for use.

Choose Product from the menu bar then select Destination from the Product menu.
How to Sideload Apps Onto Your iPhone Using Xcode

Select your device from the list.
How to Sideload Apps Onto Your iPhone Using Xcode

Step Nine
Press the Run (Play) button to compile and run the application.
How to Sideload Apps Onto Your iPhone Using Xcode

How to Sideload Apps Onto Your iPhone Using Xcode

Step Ten
You will get a 'Failed to code sign' error. Press the Fix Issue button.
How to Sideload Apps Onto Your iPhone Using Xcode

Select your account from the list of Apple ID accounts and press Choose.
How to Sideload Apps Onto Your iPhone Using Xcode

Step Eleven
The app will now install on your device.
How to Sideload Apps Onto Your iPhone Using Xcode

Step Twelve
If you get an error that reads "process launch failed: Security", tap the new app icon on your device.
How to Sideload Apps Onto Your iPhone Using Xcode

You should get an error that reads "Untrusted Developer".
How to Sideload Apps Onto Your iPhone Using Xcode

Tap Cancel then tap Settings, go to General, then go to Profile.
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Select your Apple ID from the list then tap to trust your Apple ID. Press the Trust to confirm your selection.
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Step Twelve
You can now go back to the SpringBoard and launch the app.
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