Is it safe to install web app on iOS 7?

Discussion in 'iOS 7' started by ipodmac, Aug 25, 2014.

  1. ipodmac macrumors regular

    Sep 23, 2012
    I was just wondering exactly how safe is it to install a web app from a website on your iPhone? I assume it can't make any changes or see your data as it isn't from the App store but some of these web apps seem to be full working apps.

    I'm not sure how they do this so i'm just interested to know what you guys know about web apps and what kind permissions they have as they are outside the app store and the safety that brings.

  2. ipodmac thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 23, 2012
  3. Armen macrumors 604


    Apr 30, 2013
    I'm pretty sure you are getting a lot of views but not many comments because most of us either:

    1. Didn't even know you could install an app outside the appstore
    2. Haven't done it.

    I'm both :)
  4. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    GBA4iOS isn't a "Web app" per se but rather a native app that isn't distributed through the App Store. It's had a bit of coverage here on MR and I haven't heard of any problems.
  5. Winona Northdakota, Aug 25, 2014
    Last edited: Aug 26, 2014

    Winona Northdakota macrumors 6502a

    Dec 27, 2010
    Is it safe to install web app on iOS 7?

    Why not? Who is stopping you? Web apps aren't bound by the same rules as apps in the App Store, though that doesn't give them free reign. For example, web apps will still be sandboxed. My favorite web app is:
  6. XTheLancerX macrumors 68000


    Aug 20, 2014
    NY, USA
    I have installed that as well as NDS4iOS which plays DS games. They said iPhone 5S plays DS games at full speed but I tried it on my retina mini and it is horrendous, which is what I sort of figured to be honest. I just make sure I find a YouTube video on it and make sure, based on the ratings, comments, and the stuff in the video, that it's okay. These apps install profiles though, (they need it to function properly I believe) and I think through profiles is where web apps could potentially be malicous, but don't completely take what I say as correct because I am not entirely certain on this.
  7. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

    The Doctor11

    Dec 15, 2013
    New York
    I installed a web app... But it was from a company that I trusted. But I also did once install a web app I wasn't sure about. Then I deleted it. It was from some survey site. Their app was not on the app store which I found odd. Then when I installed it it gave me some message I don't remember what exactly something like I wasn't connected to the internet I think. Then I said don't trust it and I deleted it as fast as I could. Their web site was fishy too...
  8. JoEw macrumors 68000


    Nov 29, 2009
    Back in 2010 the first jailbreak for the iPhone 4 was distributed through a webapp I think it was.

    I doubt if 2014 the jailbreak community can't make a web app to get into IOS any other web app could.. but of course no one can guarantee anything when it comes to applications.. even apps in the app store can slip through Apples team of reviewers..

    GBA4IOS is a pretty mainstream long time establishment I am sure many have looked through the code and a article would of been published had anything been found.

    I say install and enjoy the games ;)

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