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hacked iphone appsDo you own an iPhone? It’s a really handy device, just ask all of the recently acquired Verizon users who now own iPhones. The main reason it’s so handy, as I’m sure you know, is because of all the apps you can download to it. In case you were wondering, we’ve written a lot of articles around useful iPhone apps over the last few years. 

While these apps can be really useful, not all of the applications in the App Store are free, which leads people to find other ways of getting them installed on their phones. One of the perks of jailbreaking an iPhone is receiving the ability to install hacked iPhone apps, which can be free versions of paid apps or third party apps not even available in the App Store.


In this article, I’m going to show you some of the pros and cons of using hacked iPhone apps.

Jailbreaking an iPhone

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As I stated above, you need to jailbreak your iPhone to even use hacked applications. This is actually a surprisingly simple thing to accomplish, especially if you refer to Jackson’s A Newbie’s Guide to Jailbreaking A Newbie's Guide to Jailbreaking [iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad] A Newbie's Guide to Jailbreaking [iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad] Read More . You can even jailbreak your iPhone in one slide How To Easily Jailbreak Your iPhone In One Slide How To Easily Jailbreak Your iPhone In One Slide Read More using a service like JailbreakMe.

Once you do that, then you’ll be able to make use of hacked iPhone apps. But not so fast, lets take a look at the pros and cons first.

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The Pros of Using Hacked iPhone Apps

There’s really only one pro to using hacked iPhone apps, and I’m sure it’s something we’re all aware of – they’re free. I’m not going to waste much time explaining why that’s a pro. With a jailbroken iPhone, you will have access to third party applications and you can install hacked apps (that work) to your phone without ever having to go purchase them from the App Store.

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I use the term “hacked” pretty loosely throughout this article. What I mean when I say hacked is that users have downloaded paid iPhone apps from the App Store and then altered them so that they can be installed on jailbroken phones without having to be purchased through iTunes. If you’ve owned an iPhone for a while and have become accustomed to purchasing apps through the App Store, you can understand how much money using hacked apps could potentially save you.

Third party apps are just applications that other people have designed to work on the iPhone even if they aren’t available in the App Store. There’s a lot of them out there, and you can probably find some pretty useful ones if you look hard enough.

The Cons of Using Hacked iPhone Apps

There are multiple cons to using hacked iPhone applications, as well as jailbreaking your phone in general. The first major thing to be aware of is that it will void the warranty on your phone, meaning that if you happen to break the device or damage it in some way, Apple will not fix it for you if you give it to them and they can tell it has been jailbroken. There is a way around this, however, and that is to erase your phone and set it back to its stock settings before taking it in.

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Another thing to be aware of is that installing hacked apps or using ones that don’t come from Apple’s App Store means that you could potentially be opening up your phone to vulnerabilities and viruses. I’ll admit that it’s a rare situation you might find yourself in, but it does happen.

One more thing to take notice of is the fact that you will not be able to update hacked applications, at least at first. Rather than being able to connect to the App Store and download updates as soon as they’re available, you would theoretically have to wait until an updated hacked version of the application gets released.

Conclusion

While I can’t condone the use of hacked iPhone apps, you can see why some individuals might be inclined to alter their phones to utilize them. It’s important to be aware of the implications of using these applications, and I hope that you are that much wiser from having read this article.

How do you feel about hacked iPhone apps?

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  1. Shadow Wizard
    April 17, 2011 at 1:48 am

    What a horrible article. No mention of the legalities of using "hacked" aka PIRATED apps.
    No mention of what the 3rd party apps actually do. No useful information here whatsoever! Just 1/2 stories. These articles at times that come from make use of makes me wonder if they are even screened. Please, make use of, screen the articles. Hire a fact finder. When professional people like me find these type of articles and question every single thing we have read on here. I just read the book on SSD, and now, I am second guessing, wondering, is all the information there. Is it complete? Heck, is the information even CORRECT?
    Make use of, please, at the VERY least, if you can't screen these articles, or hire a fact finder, place a nice, very visible disclaimer indicating that the articles may be incomplete, or contain incorrect information.

    • Steve Campbell
      April 18, 2011 at 12:22 am

      Sorry to disappoint, Shadow Wizard.

  2. Joe
    March 15, 2011 at 2:39 am

    I'm a developer and its stealing, pure and simple. These bastards who do this should burn in hell.

  3. Sven
    March 6, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    Sometimes, when you are on an older iOS version (I am running 3.1.3), the App Store refuses to install an app, claiming it would run on iOS4 only, which in some cases is not true. Dragon Dictation is an example for that. I loaded it from Installous and it runs just fine.

    Then, there's some apps you need a US iTunes account. E.g. Pandora is not available for download in European App Stores. Again, no problem do download and install the hacked version.

  4. Sven
    March 6, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Sometimes, when you are on an older iOS version (I am running 3.1.3), the App Store refuses to install an app, claiming it would run on iOS4 only, which in some cases is not true. Dragon Dictation is an example for that. I loaded it from Installous and it runs just fine.

    Then, there's some apps you need a US iTunes account. E.g. Pandora is not available for download in European App Stores. Again, no problem do download and install the hacked version.

  5. Dwoodsky
    March 5, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    the main reason most people jailbreak is for the many, many brilliant hacks and tweaks for ios devices allowing advanced security, new lockscreens, themes, faster internet browsing, moving wallpapers, sbsettings, youtube download function,video on 3Gand hd video on 3GS,ect ect, the apps are rarely pirated as the jailbreak community is pretty innocent, and the apps often utilise the device far more than standard app store releases and with one of the 10-20 jailbreak tweaks available you can modify your device to sync these apps to itunes as standard, read into jailbreaking a bit more before taking one single aspect youv probably been shown by a freind and claim its not worth jailbreaking, youv probably ruined hundreds of peoples ios experience by detering them from jailbreaking their device

  6. Adam Seymour
    March 4, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    Jailbreakme.com does work but only for 3.1.3 (and poss 3.2.) but not 4.0 and above. you can downgrade to 3.1.3 and succesfully use jailbreakme.com still.
    I have a 3g that I have kept on 3.1.3 and jailbroken so that I can theme my iphone and enable multitasking and wireless syncing. On the flipside alot of apps these days are only designed for 4.0 and above, so I have to do without :-(

  7. Guest
    March 4, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    I jailbroke my iPod Touch, gen 1, primarily to get the utility of folders. Ifelt abandoned by Apple when iOS 4 came out and I couldn't use it.
    I have paid for a couple of apps at Cydia that improve the function of my iPod Touch.
    The biggest downside? Everything syncs through iTunes _except_ the apps. If I want to download a new app or update my current apps I can do it _only_ from the iPod itself.
    So, this grandma is a jailbreaker!

  8. Anonymous
    March 4, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    Your articled is in fact incorrect. There is NOT just one reason to hack (jailbreak) an iPhone. As stated by another person who posted here, the MAIN reason most people jailbreak their phone is to install applications that Apple for whatever reason will not allow in their app store. I have not jailbroken my iPhone because I don't want the hassle of not being able to use any new upgrade until the new jailbreak comes out as well as always being afraid of "bricking" my phone. However there are a number of applications that are only available through Cydia and I think you should have a least mentioned this as a "pro" in your article.

  9. Guest
    March 4, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    I jailbroke my iPod Touch, gen 1, primarily to get the utility of folders. Ifelt abandoned by Apple when iOS 4 came out and I couldn't use it.
    I have paid for a couple of apps at Cydia that improve the function of my iPod Touch.
    The biggest downside? Everything syncs through iTunes _except_ the apps. If I want to download a new app or update my current apps I can do it _only_ from the iPod itself.
    So, this grandma is a jailbreaker!

  10. Dingdong
    March 4, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    Steal it, steal it, yes I can
    Cuz I Iz da stealin' man
    If'n you don't likes it, I doan care
    Cuz I gets my stuff free, so dere...

  11. Lgw549
    March 4, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Tethering! No mention of it here. Another pro.

    73

  12. Dingdong
    March 4, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    Steal it, steal it, yes I can
    Cuz I Iz da stealin' man
    If'n you don't likes it, I doan care
    Cuz I gets my stuff free, so dere...

  13. Lgw549
    March 4, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    Tethering! No mention of it here. Another pro.

    73

  14. Aibek
    March 1, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    Great article Steven!

    • Steve Campbell
      March 6, 2011 at 3:16 pm

      Thanks, Aibek!

  15. Coby
    March 1, 2011 at 3:17 am

    All I can say is jail breaking is so much fun because later on you can enjoy a lot of application for free... The the cons issue I think that can be taken cared of. What I mean is it defends on how the owner use its phone, right?

    • Steve Campbell
      March 1, 2011 at 3:27 am

      Well said, Coby. I think you might be onto something here.

  16. Coby
    March 1, 2011 at 4:17 am

    All I can say is jail breaking is so much fun because later on you can enjoy a lot of application for free... The the cons issue I think that can be taken cared of. What I mean is it defends on how the owner use its phone, right?

  17. James Bruce
    February 28, 2011 at 8:29 am

    Great article Steven, but just thought I'd point out that you can actually update pirated apps if you use the cydia App installous, which automatically finds updates for all your pirated apps (though you do still have to manually click each one in order to get through the free file site captchas etc).

    • Steve Campbell
      March 1, 2011 at 3:26 am

      Thanks, James! I hadn't heard of that, but I'll be sure to check it out.

  18. James Bruce
    February 28, 2011 at 9:30 am

    I'm tempted to off anonymous posting of comments right now...

  19. James Bruce
    February 28, 2011 at 9:29 am

    Great article Steven, but just thought I'd point out that you can actually update pirated apps if you use the cydia App installous, which automatically finds updates for all your pirated apps (though you do still have to manually click each one in order to get through the free file site captchas etc).

  20. pollixx
    February 26, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    I'm not sure what you are talking about "potential extra power drain" or "cannot install updates". I just updated from iOS 4.0.1 to 4.2.1. As long as you don't go "update crazy" whenever apple comes out with an update, you can patiently wait for the dev-team to enable new software jailbreaks.

    P.S. On another note, not sure if this was mentioned, but jailbreakme.com hasn't worked for several months. It's not even an option for jailbreaking anymore. Good read non-the-less!

  21. Vlad
    February 26, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    This is what I think:
    You appear to give both pros and cons, but actually you just want to say that jailbreaking is bad.
    Why I say that? Because saying that jailbreaking has only one advantage and it is that fact that it is free it is like saying that the only advantage of being alive is that you can walk... Many people (including me) would pay for having their iPhone jailbroken.
    The point of jailbreak is that you are able to do whatever you want with your phone. Apple didn't have multitasking? Jailbreakers had. You want to sync your phone and continue using it? You can. You want to sync wireless? You can! You want to refresh your browser or email app by pulling down (like facebook app)? You can!
    There are hundreds of examples...
    It is all legal (Court of law decision!!!) including the jailbreaking process for iPhone.
    Jailbreak (like the name suggests) is going to freedom. You paid for your phone, why should they tell you what to do with it? It is your property now, doesn't it?

    I'm not even sure that the person who wrote this article owns an iPhone, but even if he does, he is clueless..
    Sorry that such disinformation got to such respected website.

    • Steve Campbell
      February 26, 2011 at 3:58 pm

      You make a good point Vlad, but the article wasn't about the pros and cons of jailbreaking, just installing hacked apps.

  22. CogzidelTechnologies
    February 26, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    I don't feel so... I don't have iPhone but what I want to share with you is even some of the guys who are using the various software too illegal since the original seems to be high cost.

  23. Vlad
    February 26, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    This is what I think:
    You appear to give both pros and cons, but actually you just want to say that jailbreaking is bad.
    Why I say that? Because saying that jailbreaking has only one advantage and it is that fact that it is free it is like saying that the only advantage of being alive is that you can walk... Many people (including me) would pay for having their iPhone jailbroken.
    The point of jailbreak is that you are able to do whatever you want with your phone. Apple didn't have multitasking? Jailbreakers had. You want to sync your phone and continue using it? You can. You want to sync wireless? You can! You want to refresh your browser or email app by pulling down (like facebook app)? You can!
    There are hundreds of examples...
    It is all legal (Court of law decision!!!) including the jailbreaking process for iPhone.
    Jailbreak (like the name suggests) is going to freedom. You paid for your phone, why should they tell you what to do with it? It is your property now, doesn't it?

    I'm not even sure that the person who wrote this article owns an iPhone, but even if he does, he is clueless..
    Sorry that such disinformation got to such respected website.

  24. Mjneish
    February 26, 2011 at 10:39 am

    You did not mention potential extra power drain or that you cannot install updates to the os. I thought these should be in the list of cons

    • pollixx
      February 26, 2011 at 12:01 pm

      I'm not sure what you are talking about "potential extra power drain" or "cannot install updates". I just updated from iOS 4.0.1 to 4.2.1. As long as you don't go "update crazy" whenever apple comes out with an update, you can patiently wait for the dev-team to enable new software jailbreaks.

      P.S. On another note, not sure if this was mentioned, but jailbreakme.com hasn't worked for several months. It's not even an option for jailbreaking anymore. Good read non-the-less!

      • Adam Seymour
        March 4, 2011 at 8:04 pm

        Jailbreakme.com does work but only for 3.1.3 (and poss 3.2.) but not 4.0 and above. you can downgrade to 3.1.3 and succesfully use jailbreakme.com still.
        I have a 3g that I have kept on 3.1.3 and jailbroken so that I can theme my iphone and enable multitasking and wireless syncing. On the flipside alot of apps these days are only designed for 4.0 and above, so I have to do without :-(

    • Steve Campbell
      February 26, 2011 at 3:56 pm

      You're right! Definitely could have included those. Nice catch!

  25. ænon1mus
    February 26, 2011 at 11:29 am

    This is the thing I hate about the internet. People hiding behind false accounts and pissing all over the place.

    There are pros and cons to everything. If you would like to share your thoughts, do so maturely.

  26. You Are Wrong
    February 26, 2011 at 4:18 am

    You are a dumbass. I have a hacked iTouch and I have not downloaded a single app without paying its price in the iTunes store. The utility of having a hacked iTouch is that you can run applications that aren't authorized by Apple's draconian rulebook.

    I have an iTouch that shouldn't support multi-tasking, however it now does. I have 5 icons in the dock. I have turned off the "required" location sharing.

    If you had done any research whatsoever you would know there are legitimate legal uses for jailbreaking.

    • Steve Campbell
      February 26, 2011 at 4:26 am

      I realize that, You Are Wrong. I didn't say that everyone who hacks their iphone/itouch did so to download apps illegally. Not really sure where you're coming from here.

    • ænon1mus
      February 26, 2011 at 10:29 am

      This is the thing I hate about the internet. People hiding behind false accounts and pissing all over the place.

      There are pros and cons to everything. If you would like to share your thoughts, do so maturely.

    • James Bruce
      February 28, 2011 at 8:30 am

      I'm tempted to off anonymous posting of comments right now...

      • Aibek
        February 28, 2011 at 12:35 pm

        Or we can block him from comments.

  27. Steve Campbell
    February 25, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    Appreciate the feedback, Helnes!

  28. fruitgeek
    February 25, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    You could have at least mentioned that piracy is illegal, not to mention having an ethics controversy surrounding it...

    I personally do not steal apps or music although it is easy because I think it is unethical.

    • Steve Campbell
      February 25, 2011 at 11:48 pm

      I didn't really want to get into the legal/ethical piracy aspects of hacked iphone apps because this article would have been dramatically longer and intrinsically more boring.

  29. imarc cj
    February 25, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    well, i don't have iPhone but i was looking to get one soon and of-course "unlock" in the first day, hahaha, but now this article made me change my mind, cos I prefer be updated and sync than cheaper...

    • Steve Campbell
      February 25, 2011 at 11:16 pm

      It's good to stay informed. Glad you liked the info!

  30. Peacewisesmooth
    February 25, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    No mention that it is stealing?

    • Steve Campbell
      February 25, 2011 at 11:17 pm

      *shrugs shoulders*

  31. Helnes
    February 26, 2011 at 12:34 am

    I'm not into the piracystuff at all, because it's stealing. But I do understand people trying cracked apps to see if they are worth buying. Apple should learn from Android Market when it comes to the possibility to try the app and get a refund if you don't like it.

    But when it comes to jailbreaking I'm all in for it. After I did the switch from Android to iOS I felt locked down with the iOS world. All phones looked the same on the inside and there's no way make it personal, except if you jailbreak it. I really love Cydia and the themes you can get there. It's great! And the better notifications, wireless sync and so on. So if you own an iOS device; Jailbreak and make your device better, but don't steal!

  32. fruitgeek
    February 26, 2011 at 12:22 am

    You could have at least mentioned that piracy is illegal, not to mention having an ethics controversy surrounding it...

    I personally do not steal apps or music although it is easy because I think it is unethical.

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