How to update a cracked ipa

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How to update a cracked ipa
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Apple allows iOS platform developers to distribute a limited number of applications to users outside of the iTunes App Store for testing purposes or private use. These applications are distributed as IPA files and lack the copy-protection of applications purchased directly through the store. A "cracked" IPA alludes to this lack of proper DRM (digital rights management). Unfortunately, since the applications are distributed outside the iTunes App Store, you are not alerted to updates. In order to update a file, you must obtain the updated IPA file from the developer(s) and manually add it to your iTunes library. iTunes will process the file and replace the application files with the newer versions.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • iTunes

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  1. 1

    Download the newer version of the iOS application, saving it to your desktop, if it is not already on your computer.

  2. 2

    Open iTunes.

  3. 3

    Select "File," then "Add to Library..." Locate the IPA file on your desktop (you may have to select "All Files" from the drop-down menu), then click "Open." Optionally, you can simple drag the file into the iTunes window.

  4. 4

    Confirm that you want to replace the old application file with the new one in the warning dialogue that pops up. Only the application files are overwritten and replaced, not the data contained within the application. iTunes will copy the newer application to your iTunes library.

  5. 5

    Connect your iOS device to your computer via USB cable and select "Sync" within iTunes to transfer the updated application to your device for use.

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