How to Enable Unknown Sources on Your iPhone

August 19, 2023
David Sunnyside

By default, Apple devices are designed to only allow app installation from apps purchased through the App Store. This is done in order to ensure that only apps with a proven track record are installed on your device and that you can trust the developer. However, sometimes you may want to install an app from a different source, such as when your company requires you to use proprietary software or if you’re testing out a new game or other media on your iPhone from a third-party developer.

Fortunately, it’s possible to enable unknown sources on your iPhone so you can install these apps from outside the App Store. The process is relatively simple, but it does involve some risks and responsibilities. In this article, we’ll explain how to do it safely and effectively so you can explore your phone’s true potential without having to worry about your safety.

It is important to note that while enabling unknown sources on your iPhone allows you to install apps not found in the App Store or through Google Play, this can still be very dangerous. Third-party app stores and websites can contain malware or spyware that could potentially compromise your device’s security. Moreover, allowing unknown sources to install apps on your iPhone can also break the policies established by Apple and Google that ensure device and user safety.

To enable unknown sources on your iPhone, open the Settings app and then tap on “General.” Scroll down to the bottom of the screen and tap on “Profiles & Device Management” or “Profiles,” depending on your iOS version. Locate the profile associated with the app developer you want to trust and then tap the “Trust” button when prompted.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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