How to add trusted sources in the AltStore app for iPhone & iPad

A newer feature of the AltStore sideloading platform for iPhone and iPad is the ability to use trusted sources in the AltStore app to find and install sought after software that will likely never be present in Apple’s App Store because of its rules and restrictions.

Since adding trusted sources to the AltStore app could prove useful for the end user by expanding the number of places where software can be obtained from, we thought it would be useful to go hands-on with this capability and share it with those who may want to try it out for themselves.

With that in mind, this tutorial will show you how you can add trusted sources to your AltStore application on your iPhone or iPad.

What you need to know

At the time of this writing, this feature is limited to trusted sources, which are certain sources that have been screened by the AltStore Team for their safety. These sources will add a limited number of additional software offerings to your sideloadable apps list; however, they will be trustworthy.

The AltStore Team plans to add support for adding any source in a future update to the AltStore app, however we don’t yet know when that feature will come to the masses. Having said that, this tutorial will focus only on adding trusted sources.

Adding a trusted source to AltStore on iPhone or iPad

To add a trusted source to the AltStore app on your iPhone or iPad, follow these steps:

1) Launch the AltStore app from your iPhone or iPad’s Home Screen:

2) Tap on the Browse tab at the bottom of the app:

3) Then, tap on the Sources button at the top-right of the app.

4) Pick one or more of the sources you want to use and tap on the respective Add button(s):

5) In the prompt that follows, tap on the blue Add Source button to confirm adding it to your source list:

6) Once added, the new source appears in your source list. Tap on the Done button to complete your task:

You can now download apps from the trusted source(s) you just added. Enjoy your new freedom!


Sideloading apps is a fun way around Apple’s App Store limitations, and for getting more out of your device without having to jailbreak it. With these trusted sources, you can expand the list of available apps to download in the AltStore app directly, letting you take advantage of even more quality sideloadable apps.

Have you added any additional sources to your AltStore app? Be sure to let us know in the comments section down below.