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iOS 17 Sideloading in EU — All You Need to Know

by Anna Sherry   Updated on 2023-07-21 / Update for  iOS 17

EU has been imposing many consumer-facing decisions on tech companies, and Apple seems to be one of their primary targets. Thanks to EU, iPhone 15 series is expected to come with a USB-C port.

Another decision that the EU made is to force Apple to allow sideloading on iOS by 2024.

Before the announcement of iOS 17, it was rumored that this update will come with sideloading in the EU. But is that the case? Is EU sideloading really happening? Well, that’s exactly what we’re going to answer today! Let’s dive right in.

First Things First, What Is Sideloading?

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Before we talk about iOS 17 sideloading availability, you must know what it is in the first place.

Sideloading means the ability to install apps from sources other than the official app store provided by Apple.

Sideloading is already available in Android, the biggest competitor to iOS. However, the kind of sideloading available on Android and the one expected on iOS is a bit different. How? Check out the next section to find that out.

Difference Between Android’s Sideloading and Upcoming iOS Sideloading

To sideload apps on Android, you have a few options. You can either download a third-party app store, or download apps from there. Or, you can download APK files from the web directly and install them on your phone to get the apps.

However, the sideloading that’s expected to come on iOS will not allow installing apps directly using setup files. Instead, you will only be able to install apps from third-party app stores.

Why Is Sideloading Coming in the First Place?

As said earlier, the EU is forcing Apple to allow third-party app stores on the iOS platform. According to the EU, Apple should allow third-party app stores on iOS by 2024, otherwise, Apple won’t be able to sell its products in the EU anymore.

Apple is not really fond of allowing to sideload apps iOS. However, it still has to comply with the laws created by the EU.

Is iOS 17 Side Loading Coming?

No. Sideloading is not coming in iOS 17.

At this point, iOS 17 has officially been announced, and Apple hasn’t talked about the ability to sideload apps.

In fact, Apple has to comply with the EU law in 2024, not in 2023. So, Apple is not required to allow sideloading in 2023. Instead, Apple has one more year to come up with a better plan to comply.

Related read iOS 17 New Features.

So, When Is Sideload iOS Feature Coming?

iOS 18 will be Apple’s software update for 2024.

Hence, if Apple has to comply with EU law by 2024, it means sideloading might be allowed in the next year’s iOS 18 update.

However, there’s a slight possibility that Apple might allow sideloading in a future update of iOS 17.

Bonus: How to Download Unavailable/Banned Apps in Your Region Before Sideloading

If there’s a specific app you’d like to download on your iPhone and it isn’t available in your region or is banned, this section has got you covered!

With Tenorshare iCareFone, you can download any popular banned app in your region with ease. You don’t need any technical knowledge to do it, and it doesn’t take much time either.

For example, the recently popular ChatGPT iOS app is currently only available to users in the United States. So, how can users from other regions download it? The answer is iCareFone! Moreover, you don't need to log in with your Apple account; just a single click installation.

Here’s how you can use it to download apps.

  • Download and install Tenorshare iCareFone on your computer and connect your iPhone to it. Open iCareFone. Select the Manage tab or select the Manage Now from the Apps quick access.

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  • On the left-hand side, select the “Apps Store” menu. Here you will see a list of restricted apps available to download on your phone.

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  • Select the app you’d like to download from the list, and it will be downloaded and installed on the connected iPhone.

Be noted that this method only works if you had previously downloaded the said app on your iPhone. If you have never installed it on an iPhone using your Apple ID, you won’t be able to use this method. (Except for ChatGPT, if you download ChatGPT, there will be no restrictions)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is sideload launcher coming to iOS 17?

No. No kind of sideloading is coming to iOS 17.

Apple is not obliged to comply with the EU law before 2024. So, it’s likely that they won’t allow sideloading before the launch of iOS 18.

Is sideloading safe?

The kind of sideloading available on Android is not safe. If you accidentally get baited into installing a bad app on your device, it may cause many problems like data leaks and theft.

However, as said earlier, Apple’s sideloading is going to be different.

Apple is very careful with the choices it allows its users. They know that users may get into trouble due to sideloading. So, they won’t allow fully unmonitored sideloading like Android.

How to use third-party stores in iOS when they’re available?

Unfortunately, no one knows the exact nature of the sideloading coming to iOS.

So, it’s impossible to tell how will you use sideloading once it’s available. It’s advised to stay tuned to the news and leaks about the subject.

The Bottom Line

Sidealoding is not coming to iOS 17.

However, as the EU has forced Apple to allow sideloading by 2023, Apple will likely announce it in iOS 18.