Installing an Ad Hoc Distribution on your iOS device

.zip or .ipa? These directions are best practices for using a .zip file... If you are running Windows Vista or would like to use an .ipa file instead you might find these instructions a little more useful.

You will need:

  • The application .zip fileexample:
  • The .mobileprovision file for the applicationexample: Ad_Hoc_Distribution_Profile.mobileprovision
  • The Device: the iPhone/iPod touch/iPad associated with the UDID being used
  • The computer you normally sync with your Device

Your distributor will most likely send the .zip and .mobileprovision files to you via email.

Installing the Application - Windows XP & OSX

  1. If not already done so, download the .zip and .mobileprovision files to your machine and keep them some place handy like your desktop.
  2. PC: Drag-and-drop the .mobileprovision file onto Library, Applications in iTunes.  MAC: Drag the .mobileprovision file to the iTunes icon in your dock. 
  3. Extract the .zip file.PC: Right-click the .zip file and select Extract All. As the wizard walks you through the process, accept the defaults by clicking Next.MAC: Double click the .zip file and the process will begin automatically.WINDOWS VISTA USERS: Do not use the built-in Extract All command. It will corrupt the application making it unable to instal. We like using WinZip or WinRar to extract the Zip file. Better yet, head over to our instructions for installing with Windows Vista...It is much easier. 
  4. Find the .app folderexample: 
  5. PC: Drag-and-drop the whole .app folder onto LibraryApplications in iTunes.  MAC: Drag it onto the iTunes icon in the dock. 
  6. Verify that the application shows up in LibraryApplications. Dont panic, the icon is supposed to look like that. 
  7. In iTunes, select your Device from the side bar then head over to the Application tab for your device. Double check to make sure the new app is checked.
  8. Sync your Device and BOOM! Enjoy your new app.