iOS Dev Nugget 119 Ad Hoc Tethered Install Using iTunes


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Occasionally, it might be useful to perform a tethered install for an app build onto your iOS device rather than over the internet using a tool like TestFlight or HockeyApp. Maybe you have no connectivity, or perhaps you want to test an app store build.

You can do this by building as usual and using your ad hoc build profile. Then doing the following:

  1. Drag the IPA file into My Apps section in iTunes.
  2. Plug in your iOS device.
  3. Drag the app to the left section of iTunes and an icon representing your iOS device will appear. Drop the app over it.

The app should install onto your device. If it doesn’t, you might have to delete the existing build on your device first.

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