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Tips & Tricks: Installing an iPhone or iPad App with Provisioning Profile

To install an iPhone or iPad application on a limited number of devices, use the method of distribution called "Ad hoc" notes a representative at Approach Mobile.

STEP 1: Before you get started, you first need to communicate your device's UDID (Unique Device Identifier) in the development portal. There are two ways you can do that:

a) The first method consists of downloading the free Ad Hoc Helper application on your iPhone.



This app will detect your UDID and allow you to email it to the person of your choice.

b) The second method uses iTunes. First connect your iPhone to the computer. When your iPhone it detected by iTunes, click and go to the "Summary" tab.

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Then click on "Serial Number". The field will change to "Login (UDID)".


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You just have to copy the UDID " + c" in mac or "Ctrl + c" under Windows. Now you can copy it to your e-mail.

Once you have communicated your UDID, just continue with the last two Ad Hoc distribution steps.

STEP 2 - The application is compiled and signed with the distribution profile. It is in this profile that devices authorized to the run application are listed.

STEP 3 - Deploying the application on your device.

Let's now focus on this last step, where two files are needed:

  • A compressed file containing the provisioning profile (valid for a limited time).
  • A compressed file containing the application.

These two files (once unzipped) should be dragged on the iTunes icon:


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Note: iTunes may ask you to replace the existing application or profile.

Once copied, you simply synchronize your device. Please note that a newly installed application will be displayed on the first application screen in on the first available spot, and not on the last application page.

Common problems that could occur and how to avoid with them:

  • Compressing the provisioning file will prevent its transformation will being sent by email. Some mail servers may affect files while scanning for viruses.
  • Using Apple file compressor may add files that are may not be compatible with Windows-based utilities, and may therefore corrupt provisioning files. If this occurs, simply use another zipping software.