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Simple Ways To Install .ipa on Your iPhone

16 Feb 2017

Simple Ways To Install .ipa on Your iPhone

It was a dream come true, when I received a congratulating message on the office WhatsApp group last evening, it said,” KUDOS, with loads of flower and congratulating emoticons” and everybody congratulated, but with no explanation and leaving me in my excited world of hallucinations, where I almost imagined myself grabbing the ‘Employee of the year’ award, but the wire of my illusions broke with a loud beep sound oozing from Smartphone with a notification from my CEO, thankfully his one line message brought the revelation to me, the message had a succinct content “Preeti, UDID blog is a massive hit with clients, write more”, though I couldn’t comprehend, whether it was a praise or a set of instructions, but I too replied without being evasive and sent a :). Although I also didn’t understand whether my reply was also a mere nod, thanks or a simple acknowledgment, well, whatever it was, I didn’t receive any more message trailing, but I cleared my doubts that it was not an Award winning dream come true situation, but it was my last blog HOW TO GET UDID OF YOUR IPHONE WITHOUT BEING TECHNICALLY CHALLENGED, which filled my Smartphone screen with limitless notifications.

This morning, I couldn’t believe the stats shown by SEO, and made me accept the fact that my last blog was not just majorly read by our clients, but also a lot many users across the globe took a dive into the blog and praised the clean writing style. To treat and pamper myself, I instantly called the boy to grab a box of Ferrero Rocher from the nearby market, but while taking the money out, I stopped myself and decided to promote Demonetization drive of our beloved PM Modi and online ordered from BigBasket. After digging and almost finishing the chocolate box I sat and realized what other factors really trouble the client or a non-technical person. While running with my thought process, some random piece of chat struck me, when a junior iOS developer pinged me in the wee hours with a ‘SAD FACE’ emoticon, that he couldn’t download the .ipa file ….so I picked my topic and here I am writing about ‘How to install .ipa file on your iPhone’. So let’s begin

What is .ipa File

Before we proceed with the process of installing, let’s clear some basic facts, like what is .ipa file all about? IPA stands for “iOS Application Archive “, it stores the iOS app. Also, every .ipa file has a binary for the ARM architecture, which can only be installed on an iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad. iOS device. These files work as containers (like ZIP) to hold the various pieces of data that make up an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch app; like for games, utilities, weather, social networking, news, and other apps. The structure of an IPA file is same like for every app; an iTunesArtwork file is a PNG/ JPEG file used as the icon for the app, the Payload folder contains all of the app’s data, and information about the developer and application are stored in the file called iTunesMetadata.plist.

Why You Need It

For the iOS developer, the .ipa file allows testing the app on your iPad or iPhone before you send the .zip file to Apple for review and you have to install .ipa file on iPad/iPhone to test it further.

How To Install .ipa File

Before installing you should remember that .ipa file can never be installed through AirDrop, Dropbox, or a similar service. Apple allows you to install the .ipa files with two ways: first you can add the .ipa file to your iTunes library on your Mac and sync your iPad/iPhone with iTunes, but this way has a drawback that if your mobile holds a little excessive data then the process would take a little extra time than expected.

  • Method 1 – Using iTunes

With iTunes the .ipa installation is safest and most preferred by the developers across the globe.

  • Step 1

Connect your iPhone to Mac and launch iTunes.

connect iphone

  • Step 2

Go to View – Show sidebar

Show sidebar

  • Step 3

Select the apps and drag its .ipa file into iTunes library.

.ipa file

  • Step 4

Go to the library – apps – select application from the main menu.

main menu

  • Step 5

Drag and drop an application from the main menu to the device.

Drag and drop

  • Step 6

Wait for iTunes to synchronize and your .ipa file is there.


  • Method 2- Install .ipa Files Online

For the first time users, Diawi is a similar online tool for IOS developer, help you install .ipa file directly on iPhone.

  • Step 1


  • Step 2

Upload the application and its provisioning profile.


  • Step 3

Send the link to your testers, clients, and friends or even use it yourself. (Either by Mail, WhatsApp etc.)


  • Step 4

Open the link in Safari on the iOS device and click on install.

iOS device

  • Step 5

Your .ipa file is ready for you.

 .ipa file

Phew!! I got tech bitten while writing this blog, although it was all for the .ipa installation on your iPhone, and I hope it will help you all with the .ipa installation next time, and with this hope that your .ipa installation would be a smooth journey I sign off, with little information about the company I am associated with currently…That is Techugo – a top mobile app development company, where we take pride in developing the mobile apps for the leading brands to startups and our mobile app development team  has the expertise to create a unique  variety of mobile app solution for your business needs, which would help you to showcase your idea, goal, and dream in the most informative and engaging way. Our team of top mobile app designers is here to help assist you with every step of your mobile app development strategy. We consult, brainstorm, manage the project, design, develop, test, launch, and market apps in the best possible way. You can get in touch with our team to discuss further your concept to bring into reality. The discussion would help you to gain a better insight of your app requirement.

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