4 Ways/Methods to install ipa file (app) on iPhone / iPad / iPod Online + offline methods

As, we all know iPhone & iPad both iOS devices pack/store their apps in .ipa file extension. Recently I covered how to backup/extract ipa files of your current iPhone/iPad apps . Now I will cover on how to install these ipa files apps on your iPhone & iPad online as well as offline methods with no Jailbreak required!. However, to install cracked apps on your iPhone or iPod you need to Jailbreak your device, these methods work perfectly for non-cracked apps though

Method # 1 – Using iTunes.

iTunes too provides a functionality to directly install ipa apps on your device. Perform the following steps to install ipa apps through iTunes –

  • Connect your Phone to computer and launch iTunes.
  • Drag the app’s .ipa file into iTunes library.
  • Click on Sync and done, that’s it . If the app was earlier backed up from the same device, it would be installed without any fuss.

Method # 2 – iFunbox

install ipa through iFunbox

iFunbox is yet another easy method to install ipa files/apps on your iPhone. Perform the following steps to install Apps on your iPad/iPhone through ifunbox –

  • Download and install ifunbox from i-funbox.com if not already installed.
  • Launch iFunbox and connect your iPhone/iPad/iPod.
  • Now navigate to the File Browser tab as shown in the figure and select “User Applications” (Highlighted in the same figure).
  • Now click on “Install App” button, select the ipa or apmx file of app which you want to install and click on Open!
  • Yo! The app will be installed successfully.

Method # 3 Online Method : Diawi

Diawi is a tool for iOS developers to deploy Development and Ad hoc iOS applications or install them directly to the device. Here are the steps to follow to install apps through Diawi –

0. Open Diawi.com .
1. Upload the application and its provisioning profile.
2. Send the link to your testers, clients, friends or even use it yourself. (Either by Mail , WhatsApp etc)
3. Open the link in Safari on the iOS device and click on install.

Method # 4 – iTools

As we’ve mentioned earlier that iTools is probably the best alternative to iTunes, and the tutorial to install apps on iPhone is very similar to the one we used for backing-up /extract ipa files of iPhone/iPod apps.

  • Connect your phone to computer and launch iTools , You can download iTools from the following links –
    Click here to download iTools for Windows 7/8/8.1/10
    Click here to download iTools for Mac OS.
  • After connecting your phone & launching iTools go to  the “Applications” tab on the left hand side.
  • Now, click on the “Install” button.
  • Select the ipa file which you want to install, and click on Open.
  • That’s it your app will be installed successfully!

So, these are some of the methods which i used to deploy/install ipa apps on my iPhone/iPod .If you encounter any problems or know of another such method feel free to comment


  1. says

    Learning from this I could in stall my developments to my student ipad with IfunBox. But only successed few first times. then all return error. Event first goodies then failed after deletion.My ap sizes are from 20 – 35 MB. Anyone know why?

    • says

      Hello Rj035, it depends on the iOS version you’re using.. If you’re using the latest iOS versions after 8.1 the only option is to download them through iTunes or app store and copy them from iTunes apps folder in your computer so that you can install later..

  2. 1111 says

    I was looking for a way to deploy an .ipa file to my iPhone.
    Unfortunally, this article i TOTALLY useless – all the methods
    listed here don’t work !! I am VERY VERY PISSED OFF !!!
    itools and i-Funbox require to have installed iTunes, in order
    to run !!! In the end, I went for an iTunes installation, which
    failed miserably !!! I TOTALLY HATE APPLE FOR DOING THIS
    TO ITS USERS !!!!!!!
    ANDROID FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!! EVERYTHING goes much easier !!!!!

    • TONY says


  3. pallavi says

    I have installed ipadian emulator on my windows laptop. how can i install an ipa file on the emulator??? without connect my iphone to the laptop

  4. labm says

    Trying to install Viber on iPod Touch 4.2.1(Jailed)

    iTools : only for ios5 and above

    iFunBox v1.8
    Viber ipa : Viber_2.1.3.244
    Install App -> Error# e8008017

    Any idea ?

  5. Jehan says

    When i used itunes to install .ipa apps, my iPad starts to install the app. but the downloading circle keeps hang and then the installing app disappeared

  6. Ángela says

    This article was great. I was actually able to copy the app (old version of ibooks – 2.1.1.ipa) to the phone. However, it asks me a user name and password. I use mine and the ones with which we downloaded it (my sister’s) and still I’m unable to use the app. Do you know what could be happening?

  7. Brittany says

    It goes to my phone from iTunes, then it just stays grayed out and says installing indefinitely, but never installs. Do you know what could be causing it? I got the download sent to me via email and I saved it to my google drive and then tried to open it using almost all 4 of your methods and it wouldn’t open

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