If you are running iOS 11, 12, or 13: UTM does not require a jailbreak to use, but you must sideload it. If you are new to sideloading, it is a way to use a developer’s certificate to load unapproved apps on a non-jailbroken iOS device. There are a few limitations to sideloading:
- Free developer accounts must re-sign every 7 days
- Paid developer accounts must re-sign every 1 year
If you are running iOS 14: UTM only works on non-jailbroken phones if you are on iOS 14.2+ and your device has an Apple A12 chip or newer. Otherwise, you need to be jailbroken.
The recommended way is to use AltStore which manages re-signing automatically.
Note: at this time, 3rd party repos require a beta of AltStore which is available only to the developer’s Patreon supporters. When installing from the repository, you can recieve update prompts from AltStore.
For non beta-testers, the public release of AltStore lacks the ability to add repositories and check updates but can still manage re-signing automatically.
The recommended way for jailbroken users is to install AltStore and AltDaemon and follow the same instructions above. AltDaemon is only available to jailbroken users and removes the requirement of needing a computer to re-sign.
The Cydia package has some limitations and is not the recommended way. Add the source https://cydia.getutm.app/ to Cydia or Sileo to install UTM.
There are many “cloud” signing services including AppCake that do not work with UTM because they use the wrong kind of signing certificate. If you get a crash or a black screen while trying to start a VM, it is likely that your signing certificate was invalid.
You can check if you have the right signing certificate by going to
Settings -> General -> Profiles & Device Management. If the certificate used for signing UTM is listed under
Developer App, then it is good. If it is listed under anything else such as
Enterprise App, then it is the wrong certificate.
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