How to Install IPA Games With Winscp


Since the Supreme Court deemed that jailbreaking --- using third-party software to remove manufacturer imposed limitations for your iPhone or iPod Touch --- is legal, many consumers have taken it upon themselves to jailbreak their devices. One of the great parts about jailbreaking is the capability of the device to run third-party applications. Most of these applications can be installed using the device's new software, installed during the jailbreaking process, but they can also be downloaded and installed through a wireless network cable from your computer. To do this, we use a program can WinSCP to install the package (a .IPA file).

Things You'll Need

  • Wireless network access for both computer and iPhone/iPod Touch


  • Connect your iPhone or iPod Touch and computer to the wireless network. To connect the device, open the "Settings" app, touch "Wi-Fi" and select your network.

  • Download and install WinSCP, if you haven't already. WinSCP is a free FTP (file transfer protocol) client for Windows that allows you to access and modify the internal files of the device safely.

  • Open Cydia (installed when you originally jailbroke the device) on your iPhone or iPod Touch. Go to "Sources", then select "Manage" and "Add Source" and type "" without the quotations.

  • Install the package titled Installous using Cydia from the "Packages" menu. This makes installing downloaded apps simple. Also install OpenSSH from Cydia in the same manner. This allows your computer to connect to your iPhone or iPod Touch.

  • Quit Cydia and reboot your iPhone or iPod Touch to finish and secure the installation.


  • Use WinSCP to locate your device on the wireless network. This will allow you to transfer the files between your computer and the device.

  • Double-click the device to connect to it. Use the user name "root" and the password "alpine", which are set by default through OpenSSH.

  • Navigate through the directories in WinSCP to find "/Private/var/mobile/Library/Downloads." This is the directory that "Installous" will install the .IPA files from.

  • Copy the .IPA files that you want to install into this directory. After the move has finished, you can quit WinSCP.

  • Open Installous and check the "Downloads" section to find your recently moved .IPA files. Click them and allow them to install. Reboot your iPhone or iPod Touch to apply the changes, and you'll find the files on your device.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always keep your iPhone or iPod Touch firmware up-to-date by syncing the device with iTunes every now and then.
  • Do not use this or any other method to install any copyrighted or illegal applications.

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