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How to Allow Unknown Sources on iPhone

There are tons of good apps that you might need but they are unavailable on the Playstore. The only way to get these apps are from third party sites or devices. While trying to install, your iPhone‘s software can reject these apps because the source isn’t from the app store and hence it is unknown. This also happens when you try to receive some specific files too. Is it possible to allow unknown sources on your iPhone? If you are asking this question, you are not alone. In this article, we’re going to help give you the answer to that question and all you will need to know. 

 

Can I Allow Unknown Sources on iPhone?

There are times where you might want to install an app but your iOS doesn’t give you an option to do so. This is because your iPhone doesn’t trust the source of the app. If you are lucky, you might get a pop up that will ask if you’re sure you want to install from an unknown source. Is it possible to allow unknown sources on iPhone so you can download and access certain apps or files without having to confirm every time?

Fortunately, you can actually allow unknown sources on your iPhone and the steps to do it is quite easy. All you have to do is toggle on the right settings through the settings app on your iPhone. After doing this, the apps should install smoothly and you won’t get the notification to confirm your action while trying to install an app from an unknown source. 

How to Allow Unknown Source On iPhone

Your iPhone comes with a feature that lets you toggle on the unknown sources option and to toggle it off. It isn’t hard to locate this feature, all you have to do is navigate through the right paths on the settings app on your iPhone. There are a few methods you can use. Here’s what you will need to do:

Method 1: Using the settings app

The first method is very straightforward. All you will need to do is toggle on the unknown sources option under security option in settings. Follow the steps below to that.

  1. Launch the settings app on your iPhone. you can also choose to tap on the setting Icon from the control center.
  2. On the list of options, tap on security.
  3. You should see the unknown sources option on the next screen, tap on it to toggle it off.

Method 2: Using a shortcut

The second method is a bit more complicated than the first but it is also easy to follow. You will need to create a shortcut and then toggle on the allow untrusted shortcuts options on the settings app. Follow the steps below to do that.

  1. Open the settings app
  2. Scroll down and then tap on shortcuts.
  3. You should see an option that reads allow untrusted shortcuts. You shouldn’t be able to access it but don’t worry.
  4. Open the shortcuts app on your iPhone.
  5. Tap on the plus “+” icon at the top right of the screen .
  6. tap on the add section.
  7. Tap on the web.
  8. Tap on articles under the web.
  9. Tap on next.
  10. Give a name to the shortcut and tap on done.
  11. Go back to the settings app on your iPhone.
  12. The allow untrusted shortcuts option should now be accessible. Tap on it to toggle it on.
  13. Put in your password.

After following the steps above, you should be able to install any apps or access any file from an unknown source. You will also need to add a few settings. These settings involve allowing special access for unknown apps to be easily installed. The steps to follow are simple, here’s what you need to do;

  1. Open the settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Scroll through the options and tap on apps.
  3. On the upper right section of the screen, tap on the menu.
  4. Tap on special access.
  5. Tap on the option to install unknown apps.
  6. You might need to tap on the unknown app you will like to install. After doing this, tap on allow from this source to install it.

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Why Doesn’t My iPhone Allow Unknown Sources?

Everyone is pissed about the fact that their iPhone doesn’t allow them to install apps from unknown sources but there’s a reason behind that. The reason why your iPhone doesn’t immediately install apps or read files from unknown sources is because it is trying to protect you and your confidential information.

The app store normally has security checks on the apps available for download. This is to stop you from downloading apps that might be harmful to you and your device. Apps outside of the app store are not trusted by your iPhone because they haven’t gone through any security check.

Downloading or trying to install apps from unknown sources means that you are putting your personal information and data at risk. This information includes your saved passwords and email. This is what your iPhone is trying to prevent. 

If you have followed all of the steps above and you plan on downloading or installing an app from an unknown source, it is advised that you double check on the app you are trying to install. Make sure you go through the reviews that have been made on the app and their privacy policy. 

 

Conclusion

In this article we have shown you what you need to do to allow unknown sources on your iPhone. All you have to do is change a few settings through the settings app. The steps laid out are easy to follow and you should be able to complete them at the end of this article.

The reason why your iPhone doesn’t easily let you install an app from an unknown source is because it is trying to protect your information. It is advised that you do a background check on the apps you are trying to download from an unknown source. 

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