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Tip of the Week: “app install failed” error when I deploy my ipa on an iOS device

In this post, I wanted to give you a quick guide/cheat sheet for deploying your .ipa file. I will tell everyone how to prepare your iOS device for a .ipa installation (for the first time) during the development and test stages, and how to deploy a .ipa file to a new device for testing. That way we can avoid the nasty error  ” app install failed ”

The hard part should be behind you if you’ve already developed an application for your iOS device, and deployed it into a .ipa file.  All that remains is to install the .ipa file onto your iOS device.

IMPORTANT: You must have a Mac computer in order to go through this process.

A more in depth blog post can be seen here:

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The first step is to allow your iOS device to install the .ipa; this step should be performed only once per device.

The following steps should be performed only once per device:

1. Open Xcode on your Mac machine

2. Make sure that you have connected the device (that you wish to deploy) to your Mac

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3. Select your device name from the left panel

4. Press on the button  “Use For Development”

5. Right-click on the device on the left panel, and select “Add device to provisioning portal” – (if you do not do this last step, you will get an “app install failed” error message on your deploying device).

Once you have completed the above steps, your device is ready to be installed with the .ipa programs from iTunes on any operating system.

Installing the .ipa on a device (Windows or Mac)

To install your .ipa file on any device you can use either a windows or MAC PC machine.

1. Make sure that you have connected the device (that you wish to deploy) to your machine

2. Open iTunes

3. Press on the button that shows your device

4. Select: File -> Add to Library

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5. Select the path of your .ipa file

6. Click on the “Apps” tab

7. Click on the “Install” button – it should change to “Will Install”

8. On the bottom of the screen, click on “Apply”

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Now the application should be installed on your device!

Let us know how this works for you. If you need any help, comment below.

David Buch
Senior Products Manager

David, our Senior Products Manager, is a highly experienced professional specializing in product definition, innovations, and development, with broad customer understanding, and skillful people management. He has over 20 years of R&D work experience, and continues to excel in his expertise. When he is not working, David enjoys spending his time as a professional tuba player joining symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles.

Elizabeth Pearl
Relationship Manager

Before joining AuraPlayer, Elizabeth completed a Masters degree in Education and worked as a teacher. Elizabeth’s role as Customer Relationship Manager combines both her passion for technology and her deep desire to educate  others. On a daily basis, Elizabeth takes the valuable insights she gained as a teacher and uses them to rise within the world of tech. She uses her skills of active listening, organization, preparation, and clear communication to enhance the wonderful relationships she has with both coworkers and customers.


Elizabeth is originally from the United States but currently resides in England. In her spare time, she loves exercising, spending time with her family and friends, and playing volleyball.

Nathalie Wasserman
CFO & Operations Manager

Natalie is proud to be AuraPlayer’s Operations and Chief Financial Officer. She takes pride in her work, and loves being a part of the AuraPlayer family. Prior to working at AuraPlayer, Nathalie worked at various companies as an accountant. She attended the University College London (UCL), where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in economics and business. She then went on to pursue a Master’s degree in Political Economies in Eastern Europe. 

Gwen Edwards
VP Business Development

An expert in helping businesses seize their potential and grow, Gwen is committed to take AuraPlayer to the next level. With over 30 years of experience in the high technology sector and working with Fortune 500 companies, she works as an advisor for growing businesses to help enhance their value and reach their business objectives. She’s a dynamic member of our team, leveraging her sales and marketing, and P&L experience to our current and future product suite.

Gwen also serves on a several private company boards in Silicon Valley, and is an active member of the angel investment network, Golden Seeds.

Yossi Nakash
CTO & Co-Founder

A true developer, Yossi has been developing and coding in Java / J2EE, C++, .Net, and C# for over 20 years, focusing mainly on the RD side of things. Entering the Oracle World about 10 years ago, Yossi immersed himself in the world of Oracle SOA, Weblogic, EBS and EBS Mobile, as well as the Java side of things.

Prior to joining Mia to found AuraPlayer, Yossi held the role of RD team leader at RadView and was a Java developer at Motorola.