What are the best alternatives to Apple App Store?

Hey guys! Our friend, Wolfmackenzie78 is looking for some of the best alternatives to the Apple App Store where they can buy or install iOS apps. Your suggestions are welcome and would be a great help.

asked by Lorne MacKenzie
42 contributors
10 solutions
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    #1Addoncrop

    Addoncrop

    AddonCrop is an online store that offers a variety of available add-ons and extensions for web browsers. It contains the latest games and apps for mobile devices. 

    Websites

    Free

    Héctor Espinoza
    Written on May 2, 2019
    "Nice interface and really easy to use, I will defintiely recommended this to anyone who is struggling downloading apps in their Apple devices."
  2. 3

    #2Zestia Extender

    Zestia Extender

    Zestia Extender is an application assistant for iOS devices that lets you install paid apps like Pokemon Go or Minecraft for free. You can download not only games but also other useful apps that otherwise would require payment.

    Apps

    Web

    Free

    Daniel Gaytán
    Written on May 2, 2019
    "I’ve installed this, and I’ve seen no problems whatsoever. Apple can’t uninstall apps already on your phone, so you should be okay with that."
  3. 2

    #3AppCrawlr

    AppCrawlr
    AppCrawlr is a site that allows you to find the most popular apps for Android and iOS. You can browse by audience, type or objective or see related apps for finding alternatives to a given app.
    Websites

    Free

    Arthur Sanders
    Written on May 2, 2019
    "This is a good apple store alternative but I suggest you to not use this with your mobile phones due to that damn prize winning popup that you can't bypass."

DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know that with the App Store, you can be sure that every iOS app that you download is safe and virus-free? And it is augmented by the fact that Apple devices are almost prone to viruses. Yet, it doesn't hurt to have one of those antivirus software. While there are really great alternatives to the Apple App Store, nobody can ever guarantee a hundred percent safety other than Apple itself. To set the record, everyone can be an app developer but not all developers are licensed to make an app for iOS devices. This means aspiring developers are required to take an Apple certification license for their apps to be part of the App Store.

Before you consider downloading apps outside the App Store, try to weigh the pros and cons of sticking to it first. Perhaps, one of the greatest factors why some Apple users tend to look for alternative apps is the price. Well, it is true that more than 60% of the apps on the App Store are actually not for free. But again, the reason why most of these apps are paid is that developers actually pay the license to develop. In short, you are paying for their expenses and of course their skill. And since, the App Store is a built-in app for almost all Apple devices, especially for iPhone, iPad, and Mac, it offers users easy download of apps. Plus, the payment process is safe so you don't need to worry about your card's information leaking. Yet, another main concern is the sandboxing limitation or the limiting of what the app can do or which files can be accessed. But you need to understand that this Apple's another step of ensuring that iOS devices are secure.

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    #4GetJar

    GetJar
    GetJar is a free alternative app and game store for Android. In the website, users can find the top, new and best applications, games, or even mods from Google Play. It can be accessed through a computer or an Android device's internet browser.
    Websites

    Free

    Andy Su
    Written on May 2, 2019
    "GetJar always seemed a little wonky to me. Maybe it's because their "paid" apps get so many advertisements on their site, maybe it's because the apps shown come in almost no particular order, maybe it's because I seem to scroll by the same ones over and over."
  2. 1

    #5Cydia

    Cydia

    Cydia is a package manager mobile app for iOS that allows users to install software packages on jailbroken iPhones, iPad, and iPod touch devices. It was first released on February 28, 2008.

    Apps

    Web

    Free

    Madison White
    Written on May 2, 2019
    "A really nice app, they dont necessarily download the apps that you want but they provide the software developer so you can just download the app through them! Like it a lot."
  3. 0

    #6Amazon Appstore

    Amazon Appstore
    The Amazon Appstore is an app online store where you can find apps for Amazon's tablets and phones but also for any Android device. It was released on March 22, 2011.
    Websites

    Check price

    Doris Williamson
    Written on May 2, 2019
    "Interface is really nice and easy to use but there are not a lot of apps available and it is for android devices so it is not what i am looking for exactly,"
  4. 0

    #7Appscope

    Appscope

    Appscope is a website that serves as a tool to get different varieties of progressive web applications that are compatible with different devices. It offers users a variety of apps that they can download for free.

    Websites

    Free

    Helen Gonzalez
    Written on May 2, 2019
    "It works really well for me, i can get all the new apps for free! Love this soooo much!! ❤️️❤️️"
  5. -2

    #8TutuApp

    TutuApp

    TutuApp is a free application assistant for iOS and Android devices. Users can download paid applications and games from all over the world for free and at high speeds using this assistant. The app also has exclusive benefits for its users.

    Apps

    Web

    Free

    Leonardo Romo
    Written on May 2, 2019
    "TutuApp is my go-to alternative to apple app store. There are no safety issues with this site but sometimes ask my permission on the most ridiculous things like making call, sending text and looking at your call logs."
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    #9VShare

    VShare

    vShare is an app assistant that allows you to download paid cracked iOS apps for free. With this tool you will access massive new apps and games and will be able to install them with no need for jailbreak.

    *NO LONGER AVAILABLE*

    Apps

    John Garza
    Written on May 2, 2019
    "This was a really good alternate app store, too bad its not available anymore."
  7. -10

    #10Apps4iPhone

    Apps4iPhone

    Apps4iPhone is an app which allows you to download App Store apps for free. You can remove the dock pannel, hide icons and install different themes to customize it. The library of apps and tweaks is updated every week.

    Apps

    Web

    Free

    Rajesh Pawar
    Written on May 2, 2019
    "Love this, it gave me a lot of apps that the itunes store does not have."

Summary

Best What are the best alternatives to Apple App Store
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1AddoncropWebsites 9 Free
2Zestia ExtenderApps 3 Free
3AppCrawlrWebsites 2 Free
4GetJarWebsites 1 Free
5CydiaApps 1 Free
6Amazon AppstoreWebsites 0 Paid
7AppscopeWebsites 0 Free
8TutuAppApps -2 Free
9VShareApps -4 Paid
10Apps4iPhoneApps -10 Free
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