How to Install iPA on iPhone Using iTunes?
Most apps are for public use and are available in the Apple and Google app stores, but some people need apps for internal use only in their businesses and those types of apps aren’t typically found in the app stores. In this article we’ll go over how your employees who have iPhones can install your app using iTunes on their computer.
Also, before users can install your app, you’ll need to have the .IPA (the .IPA file is the app file for iOS users) file hosted somewhere so that users can download the file to their computers. This can be on your own website, or on a service such as DropBox or Google Drive. How and where you host the file is up to you.
Next, we’ll go over how users install the .IPA file using iTunes on their computer.
Step 1: Have Them Download the .IPA File
Users will first need to download the .IPA file onto their computer from where you’re hosting it.
Step 2: Have Them Open iTunes
Once the file has been downloaded onto their computer or laptop, they will next need to open iTunes. If they don’t already have iTunes installed on their computer or laptop, they can download it here: https://www.apple.com/itunes/download/
Step 3: Have Them Plug-in the Phone They Want to Install the App Onto
Next the user will need to plug their phone into the computer using the USB to Lightning cable that came with their phones. This will allow the computer (or laptop) to sync their phone with iTunes.
Step 4: Have Them Drag and Drop the .IPA File Onto Their iPhone’s Listing In iTunes
Now that they have plugged in their phone it should appear in iTunes in the side menu of the “Library” tab.
Have them locate the .IPA file on their computer, then click and drag it onto their device’s information in iTunes.
This will install the file onto their iPhone, and if they unlock their phone’s home screen, they should see it installing.
Once it has installed, have them eject their phone from iTunes by clicking on the eject symbol next to their phone’s device information.
Step 5: Have Them Manually Trust Your App On Their iPhone
Now that the app has been installed on their phone, they will need to manually trust the app on their phone. If they need help with how to do this, they can follow the steps laid out in this article.
In addition to this article, we recommend checking out the following related articles so that you have a better insight into how to use the system to its fullest advantage:
- How To Create An Apple Enterprise Developer Account
- How To Manually Trust An Enterprise iOS App
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