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Over the years, however, app installers like vShare and TweakBox have come to the forefront to replace the need for jailbreaking your iPhone or iPad. The second of these is what we’re covering here today.
What is the TweakBox App?
TweakBox is essentially an app installer for iOS (and Android) that doesn’t require the device to be jailbroken (or rooted, in the case of Android.) Once you install it on your device, you can access a whole repository of content that is updated on a regular basis.
The process of installing TweakBox on your iPhone or iPad is called sideloading, and it is currently the most viable alternative to jailbreak programs. Sideloading allows you to install unsigned third-party apps that Apple won’t allow into its hallowed App Store.
In the case of TweakBox, however, you’ll also see the familiar stock apps that you’ve always used. The big difference is the collection of modded apps (modified/tweaked versions of stock apps) that offer greater functionality and customization.
What are Some Examples of Modded Apps and Other Goodies in TweakBox?
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How to Download TweakBox on iOS
The installation process is fairly simple. The steps outlined below need to be carried out on your iOS device (iPhone or iPad.) Once you install TweakBox, you can access all the apps and tweaks in the repo.
Step 1: Go to the TweakBox download page for iOS and tap on one of the configuration profile links on that page.
Step 2: Tap on Allow when you see this message:
Step 3: When the page loads, look for and tap on Install. You can install either the verified or unverified version.
Step 4: You may need to enter your passcode at this point. You can do so if prompted.
Step 5: In the subsequent pages, tap consecutively on Install, Next and Done.
If the download was successful, you should be able to see the TweakBox icon on your home screen. First-time installation of third-party apps may throw up the Untrusted Developer error. In that case, go to your iOS device Settings > General > Profiles & Device Management > TweakBox > Trust. Once you do that, tap on the TweakBox icon again and it should open up.
How to Download the Android Version of TweakBox
The Android version of this app installer requires an APK download and installation. If you’ve never done that before, there’s a preliminary step to carry out.
Step 0: In your Android device, go to Settings > Security and check the box next to where it says Unknown Sources.
Step 1: From the download page linked in the previous section, tap on the button that says Android APK.
Step 2: In the new page that opens, tap on the APK File (9.6MB) button.
Step 3: Either in your Downloads folder or in the prompt, you will be able to tap to install the TweakBox app.
Once installed, you can open the app and access the goodness inside.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will Installing TweakBox Void My Warranty?
No, it won’t. However, some tweaked apps in the repository, especially the Cydia ones or the Electra Jailbreak, can be considered by Apple to be unauthorized modifications to iOS, which gives them the right to refuse to honor the warranty. Simple solution: Get rid of any tweaked apps before taking your iPhone or iPad to an Apple Store.
Is TweakBox Safe from a Malware Perspective?
Yes, the app itself is 100% safe. However, as with any other third-party app store for iOS apps, it’s better to have an antivirus program installed on your device. Moreover, do not download the TweakBox APK from anywhere other than the official website. That’s another good way to protect your device.
Is There a Desktop Version of TweakBox?
Yes, there is. You will need an Android emulator like BlueStacks, Nox or KoPlayer. BlueStacks has a Mac version as well, but you can also use GenyMotion or Droid 4X. Once you’ve installed it, download the APK file to your PC or Mac, and then open and install it from within the emulator.
Errors with ++ Apps
Oftentimes, you’ll get a conflict between a stock app and its evil twin – a.k.a. modded/tweaked version. All you need to do is uninstall the stock app and then re-install the tweaked version, and you’re good to go.
If I Don’t See an App I Want, Can I Ask For It?
Yes. The developers of TweakBox entertain app requests on their Twitter account. It’s not a guarantee that you’ll get the app, since they have to contact the developer to set it up, but it’s worth a shot.