What is an Ad Hoc Release (aka Tester Build)?
An Ad Hoc release, also known as a Tester Build is a pre-release (alpha or beta quality) version of your application. It allows you to test your application before it’s available on the App Store. The Ad Hoc distribution process is the only way to install pre-release applications on your device.
What Do I Need?
To install an Ad Hoc release using iTunes you will need the following:
- You must have previously provided us with the UDID for your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. (See our Finding Your iPhone’s UDID fact sheet for more information.)
- A zip file containing the application itself, usually named Applicationname_TESTER.ipa.
- The iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch to install the application on. It must be the same device whose UDID you provided us.
- Access to the computer you usually sync your device to iTunes with
Installing the Ad Hoc Release via iTunes
- Launch iTunes and connect your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch to your computer using its USB cable.
- Locate the ad hoc application .ipa file we have sent to you and place it in a convenient location (e.g. desktop). ￼
- Drag the application .ipa file onto the top level Apps library in iTunes
- Select your device from the Devices and navigate to the "Apps" section in the left hand menu.
- Click "Install" next to your app until it changes to "Will Install".
- Press "Sync" button to install the app.
- Test your application!