Every time I want to download some app, download websites would lead to the Apple Store. Is it possible to download apps and install them in an iOS not through the Apple Store?

  • Generally no. However if you are technically adept you might want to look into jailbreaking your iOS device. Jailbreaking is officially off-topic here (so we can't help you) but there are a number of places online that help you to jailbreak your iPhone/iPad and install anything and change anything you want to Dec 3, 2022 at 14:58

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Not easily. By default, i-devices can only install software from Apple's App Store, after it has been approved by Apple. This is the so-called "walled garden", which some see as a good thing (increased security and oversight); and which others see a restriction of liberty.

As a result, there are (almost) no apps that exist to be downloaded from other sources.

It is possible for a developer to create an app and load it onto their own i-devices; it's also possible for organizations to configure iPhones and iPads to include their own software as part of MDM (mobile device management) software.

  • WRT creating & installing your own apps: What an interesting answer! When I read it I immediately wondered if the capability to load your own apps had led to the creation of a class of "open source" iOS applications that effectively break down the wall Apple has built? A quick search seems to suggest that has happened.
    – Seamus
    Dec 3, 2022 at 23:47

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