As someone who uses Android as their primary mobile operating system, I tend to focus on alternative applications / services for Google products, but that does not mean that I do not enjoy third-party replacements for Apple applications in iOS and Ai Pad. Unfortunately, Apple's "wall products" approach to its products means that there are far fewer alternatives to third-party applications and / or open source iOS applications than Android – and most require you to Jailbreak your iPhone, which is an annoying busting project guarantee.
However, a recently launched project for an open source application store by software developer Riley Testut, appropriately named AltStore, can be downloaded and installed on your iOS devices with a clever solution.
AltStore is fairly new and carries only a small handful of software created by Testut on startup, but it does include the Delta Testut emulator application, which allows you to play NES games on the iPhone (and potentially SNES, Nintendo 64, Gameboy and Gameboy Advance in the future). We hope that more applications will be added to AltStore in the future, but this is a great job; Emulation software is banned from the official App Store and used almost impossible to install on an iPhone without breaking the device.
AltStore is able to exist using several iOS doors, such as the ability to download software to your phone through a Mac / Windows application. It's a smart but insecure solution and Apple can easily turn off all the work at one time. Because of this potential, it is probably wise to install AltStore right away if you are even moving away from what it has to offer. Developers can check the AltStore Github page if they are curious and want to learn more about the project.
How to Install AltStore and AltStore Common Applications
Installing AltStore is much easier (and safer) than jailbreaking your iPhone, but it takes more effort than the average App Store download. Still, the whole process is quick and painless after you have collected all the pieces in place. Here's what you'll need:
- Your iPhone.
- PC running Mac or Windows 1
- USB cable to connect the two.  With everything set up, you can now install AltStore on your iPhone:
- Plug your iPhone into your computer.
- Go to https://altstore.io/ and install AltServer software for your computer operating system.
- Start the installation, then open the AltServer application on your computer.
- We will now send the AltStore app to your iPhone via AltServer. On a Mac, click the AltServer icon in the toolbar to open the drop-down menu, then Install AltStore and click on your device. In Windows 10, click the AltServer icon in the icon tray (you may need to click "Show more icons" ), then hover your mouse over "Install AltStore" and select your device.
- Wait for the AltStore app to be installed on your iPhone.
- While keeping your phone connected and AltServer running on your computer, open the AltStore application to start downloading applications.
- Unlike installing apps from the App Store, you'll need to turn on your phone to your computer and have AltServer work to install new apps as well as update apps every few days – so be sure to uninstall AltServer from your computer.