How to Install .ipa Files on iPhone or iPad without iTunes

Don’t know how to install IPA on iPhone/iPad? If you are looking for ways to install IPA files on iPhone or iPad without using iTunes, then this guide has a solution for you.

Roger Smith Last Updated: Jul. 21, 2020

An .ipa or iOS App Store Package file is an archive file of an iOS application file that stores an iOS app. And IPA files can only be installed on an iOS device such as iPhone or iPad. Every IPA file is saved in a compressed format and you can decompress it using a decompression program. The IPA files contain a lot of data such as games, weather, news, utilities, etc.

You can download IPA files either via App Store or iTunes. Prior to iTunes 12.7, users had direct access to IPA files in the form of App Store downloads. However, since iTunes 12.7 update, there is no Apps tab in Device option either so you can not manage your apps on iPhone/iPad. So if you want to open an IPA file without iTunes, here we will introduce you two useful ways to do it.

Method 1. Install .ipa Files on iPhone/iPad Using iTunes Alternative Tool

It’s AnyTrans for iOS, which is a superb iOS content management tool that lets users install IPA files on iPhone or iPad without iTunes. Also, it is an all-in-one software that is designed to manage and transfer iOS content. Those who don’t want to use tedious iTunes, and don’t want to lose data to install IPA on iPad/ iPhone, they can have this alternative to iTunes. AnyTrans for iOS provides plenty of features that iOS users can use to make things easier. And here are some main features of it:

  • With it, you can download and install .ipa files on your iPhone or iPad without iTunes and any data loss.
  • It allows you to transfer data between iOS devices and computers and from one iOS device to another.
  • This tool also gives access to iCloud backup, and you can download data saved to your iCloud backup to your computer.
  • You can use the software irrespective of which iPhone model you are using an iOS version you have installed on your iDevice.

Now, here is the step-by-step guide on how to install IPA files on iPhone without iTunes with the help of AnyTrans for iOS. To start the process, download and install AnyTrans for iOS on computer.

AnyTrans – iPhone App Management

Want to install IPA files on iPhone or iPad without using iTunes? This article is intended to show you an iTunes alternative to help you install .ipa files on iPhone/iPad. Keep reading on this post to learn more.

Step 1. Then, launch it and connect your iDevice to the computer using a cable and then, click on “Apps” icon as shown below.

How to Install IPA Files on iPhone/iPad without iTunes via AnyTrans for iOS – Step 1

How to Install IPA Files on iPhone/iPad without iTunes via AnyTrans for iOS – Step 1

Step 2. Now, tap on the “+” button i.e. at top-right and then, select the .ipa file you want to install on your iPhone and finally, click “Open” to begin the transfer process.

How to Install IPA Files on iPhone/iPad without iTunes via AnyTrans for iOS – Step 2

How to Install IPA Files on iPhone/iPad without iTunes via AnyTrans for iOS – Step 2

Method 2. Install .ipa File with Cydia Impactor

If you saved the .ipa file on your computer, you can also use Cydia Impactor to install .ipa to iPhone. This tool is available for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux (32-bit and 64-bit). Here are the steps to install apps .ipa file without iTunes via Cydia Impactor:

Step 1. Download Cydia Impactor from its official website > Install and launch it on your computer.

Install and Launch Cydia Impactor on Computer

Install and Launch Cydia Impactor on Computer

Step 2. Drag and drop the .ipa file you saved into Cydia Impactor > Enter your Apple ID and password in a pop-up dialogue box > Then tap OK to confirm.

Enter your Apple ID and Password

Enter your Apple ID and Password

After confirming, the .ipa file will be installed on your iPhone successfully.

Bonus Tip. How to Fix “Unable to Install .ipa File” Issue

When you downloading apps, sometimes there’s a message that says unable to install. If you’re facing the same problem, you need to check your internet connection firstly. And make sure the internet connection is stable and isn’t blocked. If the problem still exists, then you may check the software issue or whether your iOS version supports the .ipa file. So you can refer to the following tips to fix “Unable to Install .ipa File” Issue:

Tip 1. Fix iPhone System Problems

If your iPhone software doesn’t respond correctly when you downloading .ipa file or apps, it means that your iPhone got some system problems. Then there is one iOS system recovery tool – AnyFix has the opportunity to fix the software issue. This tool is designed to fix 130+ system issues for iPhone/iPad/iPod touch/Apple TV. When your iPhone won’t update, stuck on pages, or got some errors, AnyFix can help you out. Now, you can follow the steps below to do the system repair:

Step 1: Get the latest version of AnyFix. Open it and choose System Repair from the homepage.

Free Download

Free Download

* 100% Clean & Safe

Free Download * 100% Clean & Safe

Tap on System Repair

Tap on System Repair

Step 2: Choose iPhone Problems and tap Start Now button.

Choose iPhone Problems and Start Now

Choose iPhone Problems and Start Now

Step 3: Choose a repair mode to fix iPhone system problems. Firstly you can try Standard Repair, which supports the most common system issues and no data will be earsed.

Choose Standard Repair

Choose Standard Repair

Step 4: Next, you need to download a matching firmware file and put your iPhone in Recovery Mode.

Step 5: Once firmware downloaded, tap on Fix Now to start repairing.

Firmware Download Completed and Tap Fix Now

Firmware Download Completed and Tap Fix Now

And when the repairing process completed, you will see the Repair Completed page.

Tip 2. Downgrade iOS or Upgrade to Beta as You Wish

If you need to downgrade or upgrade iOS according to your needs, AnyFix also can help you with one click.

Step 1: Go to the homepage like Tip 1 and tap on Upgrade/Downgrade iOS. Or get it right here.

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Free Download

* 100% Clean & Safe

Free Download * 100% Clean & Safe

Step 2: Then you will see the interface below and choose 1 click to upgrade iOS/iPadOS > Tap Start Now to continue.

Choose Upgrade iOS

Choose Upgrade iOS

Step 3: Now AnyFix will provide you the different iOS versions that your iPhone supported. Choose one to download and then upgrade.

Choose an iOS version and Upgrade

Choose an iOS version and Upgrade

Step 4: After that, AnyFix will proceed to the next step to upgrade the iOS version automatically. When the process is completed, you will see the completed page.

The Bottom Line

Thus, whenever you want to install IPA on iPad or iPhone without iTunes, you can use the above ways. And AnyTrans for iOS is spy-free and virus-free software, so you can get on your system with peace of mind. With it, you can also manage your iDevice apps on the computer. Give AnyTrans for iOS a try.

Roger Smith

Work for iMobie team for 5 years as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS or Android related issues.