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For anyone who has been reading the other thread that describes how to make these changes to Waze for android, you'll know that I have been working on getting a version for iOS. Well, I wanted this bad enough to pay a developer to make the changes and create a custom version that can be installed without the app store (i.e. sideload). in order to sideload apps onto your iDevice, you use a tool called Impactor. It's as simple as opening the tool, dragging and dropping the waze app onto the Impactor window (while your phone is plugged into your computer), input your apple info (because you are "self-signing" the app), and that's it. More detailed info can be found here.

The other thing to note is that installing apps without the AppStore means that it will not have a certificate that is valid indefinitely. All apps on your device must be digitally "signed", which grants a 'certificate' to the user. When you sideload apps and provide your apple account credentials, apple is allowing you to "self-sign" the app, which is only valid for 7 days. After 7 days, the app fill fail to open. You will need to either a) reinstall and re-sign using same method, b) have an Apple developer account, c) be jailbroken (which gives access to other solutions), or d) use an app signing service that will keep the app signed for you, indefinitely. (if you want to use a service, it usually costs ~$15/yr; I can guide you)

I've uploaded the current version of the app, with these alert distances set to: Police Alert = 4000 = ~2.4 miles and Hazard Alert = 1500 = 0.9 miles
Download the custom Waze app
HERE

TL/DR:
  1. download Waze (above)
  2. follow guide to install with Impactor
  3. use custom Waze with greater alert distance
  4. decide on a solution for re-signing after 7 days (see above)
Let me know if you have any questions about installation, signing the app, certificates being revoked, or alert distance changes/requests.
 

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I just visited this section of the forum for the first time in forever, specifically to ask about increasing alert distances. Amazing. This community is the best!
 

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Note: if you get a message about a "prior developer" right after Impactor signs in to Apple, make sure you hit the "eject" icon next to your phone in iTunes before quitting iTunes. I initially struggled with the install, but after making sure I actually used the "Remove" button next to the Waze icon in my iTunes list of apps, applying that change, and then hitting the eject icon for my phone in iTunes (but leaving it physically connected to the computer), Impactor seems to have been successful. Woohoo!
 

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Hey I wonder if we should actually name this version "Daze". See discussions in JBV1 area about using alternative name to keep discussion away from search engines. Might we need to do this for your modified version?
 

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Hey I wonder if we should actually name this version "Daze". See discussions in JBV1 area about using alternative name to keep discussion away from search engines. Might we need to do this for your modified version?
Im not opposed to it. however, in terms of actually renaming the app itself.. not sure how that will work.
I saw your PM.. ill go reply shortly
 

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Several 2.4 mile alerts this week. This has transformed the app from a marginally useful countermeasure to a legit tool in the toolbox. THANKS for making this happen!
 

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Fantastic - will have to download and see how it works


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At the risk of stating the obvious, here are my install notes. Hope someone finds them helpful.

Part A: Remove current version.

You can just hold your finger down on the app icon on your phone, and when all the icons start dancing, press the "X" in the corner of that app's icon (say "yes" to delete the app and all of its data, and then press the home button to stop all the other icons from dancing). Alternatively, with older versions of iTunes, you can delete the app when the phone is connected by finding it in the Apps list, hitting the "Remove" button, and then hitting "Apply".

Part B: Install the hacked version.
  1. Sync device with iTunes.
  2. Press the eject icon by the device in iTunes, but do not physically disconnect the device.
  3. Quit iTunes (and Photo, if open).
  4. Open Impactor.
  5. Drag the .ipa file for the modified app onto the Impactor window. You’ll need to have the Impactor application in the foreground, and drag the .ipa from a visible but background Finder window.
  6. Provide iTunes username and password to Impactor, and it should install.
  7. Quit Impactor and physically disconnect the device.
  8. Try to open the app on the device. You will get a security warning.
  9. Open Settings, General, Profiles and Device Management. You will see your iTunes account listed under “Developer App”. Select this, and then hit “Trust this app”. (Note: on reinstallation, this step will ask you to trust your iTunes account as a developer).
The app should now open!

PS. The initial registration will last one week. You cannot “restart the clock” by deleting and reinstalling. Keep that in mind if you’re planning on using this on a vacation or long road trip. Seven days after first installation, it will stop working and require a removal / reinstall.
 
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10. Open Settings, General, Profiles and Device Management. You will see your iTunes account listed under “Developer App”. Select this, and then hit “Trust this app”.
totally forgot to mention this step, thx for filling in. ive done this process so many times in the past 5 years i take for granted some of these little steps. Thanks!
 

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Will this update when waze does?
 

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Will this update [...]
What do you mean exactly? Are you talking about app updates, or updates to positions of hazards / police / traffic? If you are talking about the app itself, this is a custom version. I’d expect that it would be updated only when the “developer” modifies a new version of the official app.
 
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What do you mean exactly? Are you talking about app updates, or updates to positions of hazards / police / traffic? If you are talking about the app itself, this is a custom version. I’d expect that it would be updated only when the “developer” modifies a new version of the official app.
I meant like when the app updates I’m going to give this a shot this weekend I’ll let y’all know how it goes

Op is happily pay for a version I didn’t have to reinstall every 7 days
 

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Is there more options than two set distances to alert you like 1 mile, 1.5 miles? Will it be able to alert you many times for the same alert when you get closer to it? And are these options are customizable (easy so that we the user can do it)?

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Is there more options than two set distances to alert you like 1 mile, 1.5 miles? Will it be able to alert you many times for the same alert when you get closer to it? And are these options are customizable (easy so that we the user can do it)?
This is a nearly current version of the app that has been hacked with different alert distances, and with networking changes that prevent it from overwriting those distances with the "official" ones. It's not like a new version with added screens for settings or anything like that. I don't believe the developer had access to the actual app source files, so latitude for changes is limited to modifying what's already there.
 

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I tried logging in to the Impactor with my itunes username and password, but I get an error message from Impactor that my password is incorrect (but it is not). Maybe this is not working with public beta iOS 12?


For anyone who has been reading the other thread that describes how to make these changes to Waze for android, you'll know that I have been working on getting a version for iOS. Well, I wanted this bad enough to pay a developer to make the changes and create a custom version that can be installed without the app store (i.e. sideload). in order to sideload apps onto your iDevice, you use a tool called Impactor. It's as simple as opening the tool, dragging and dropping the waze app onto the Impactor window (while your phone is plugged into your computer), input your apple info (because you are "self-signing" the app), and that's it. More detailed info can be found here.

The other thing to note is that installing apps without the AppStore means that it will not have a certificate that is valid indefinitely. All apps on your device must be digitally "signed", which grants a 'certificate' to the user. When you sideload apps and provide your apple account credentials, apple is allowing you to "self-sign" the app, which is only valid for 7 days. After 7 days, the app fill fail to open. You will need to either a) reinstall and re-sign using same method, b) have an Apple developer account, c) be jailbroken (which gives access to other solutions), or d) use an app signing service that will keep the app signed for you, indefinitely. (if you want to use a service, it usually costs ~$15/yr; I can guide you)

I've uploaded the current version of the app, with these alert distances set to: Police Alert = 4000 = ~2.4 miles and Hazard Alert = 1500 = 0.9 miles
Download the custom Waze app
HERE

TL/DR:
  1. download Waze (above)
  2. follow guide to install with Impactor
  3. use custom Waze with greater alert distance
  4. decide on a solution for re-signing after 7 days (see above)
Let me know if you have any questions about installation, signing the app, certificates being revoked, or alert distance changes/requests.
 

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I see that this is based on app version 4.39.2.0 - has anyone tried it with iOS 12?

--- DOUBLEPOST MERGED ---

Ok I tried it - seems to fire up just fine under iOS 12.0.
 

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For anyone who has been reading the other thread that describes how to make these changes to Waze for android, you'll know that I have been working on getting a version for iOS. Well, I wanted this bad enough to pay a developer to make the changes and create a custom version that can be installed without the app store (i.e. sideload). in order to sideload apps onto your iDevice, you use a tool called Impactor. It's as simple as opening the tool, dragging and dropping the waze app onto the Impactor window (while your phone is plugged into your computer), input your apple info (because you are "self-signing" the app), and that's it. More detailed info can be found here.

The other thing to note is that installing apps without the AppStore means that it will not have a certificate that is valid indefinitely. All apps on your device must be digitally "signed", which grants a 'certificate' to the user. When you sideload apps and provide your apple account credentials, apple is allowing you to "self-sign" the app, which is only valid for 7 days. After 7 days, the app fill fail to open. You will need to either a) reinstall and re-sign using same method, b) have an Apple developer account, c) be jailbroken (which gives access to other solutions), or d) use an app signing service that will keep the app signed for you, indefinitely. (if you want to use a service, it usually costs ~$15/yr; I can guide you)

I've uploaded the current version of the app, with these alert distances set to: Police Alert = 4000 = ~2.4 miles and Hazard Alert = 1500 = 0.9 miles
Download the custom Waze app
HERE

TL/DR:
  1. download Waze (above)
  2. follow guide to install with Impactor
  3. use custom Waze with greater alert distance
  4. decide on a solution for re-signing after 7 days (see above)
Let me know if you have any questions about installation, signing the app, certificates being revoked, or alert distance changes/requests.
Hello I am having difficulty trying to se files to talk to each other. I get the error message that it is already installed as an incompatible team. Any help is appreciated. Oh BTW my iTunes doesn't display my apps in the new ver 12.9.2.6 anyone else having this issue?
 

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At the risk of stating the obvious, here are my install notes. Hope someone finds them helpful.
  1. Sync device with iTunes.
  2. Go to apps listed for that device in iTunes, find the original app in the list, hit the “Remove” button, and then “Apply”.
  3. Press the eject icon by the device in iTunes, but do not physically disconnect the device.
  4. Quit iTunes (and Photo, if open).
  5. Open Impactor.
  6. Drag the .ipa file for the modified app onto the Impactor window. You’ll need to have the Impactor application in the foreground, and drag the .ipa from a visible but background Finder window.
  7. Provide iTunes username and password to Impactor, and it should install.
  8. Quit Impactor and physically disconnect the device.
  9. Try to open the app on the device. You will get a security warning.
  10. Open Settings, General, Profiles and Device Management. You will see your iTunes account listed under “Developer App”. Select this, and then hit “Trust this app”. (Note: on reinstallation, this step will ask you to trust your iTunes account as a developer).
The app should now open!

PS. The initial registration will last one week. You cannot “restart the clock” by deleting and reinstalling. Keep that in mind if you’re planning on using this on a vacation or long road trip. Seven days after first installation, it will stop working and require a removal / reinstall.
Hello I am having difficulty trying to se files to talk to each other. I get the error message that it is already installed as an incompatible team. Any help is appreciated. Oh BTW my iTunes doesn't display my apps in the new ver 12.9.2.6 anyone else having this issue?
 

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