How to Convert an APP to an IPA

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Files with the extension ".app" and ".ipa" are application files associated with Apple products such as the iPhone and iPod Touch. Although both files are application files, only .ipa files can be synched between multiple Apple products. Converting .app files to .ipa files allows you to open the file with iTunes. Converted files can also be synched with the iPhone or iPod Touch, similar to how the App Store is synched. Converting .app to .ipa only works with jailbroken iPhones or iPod Touch's using OS 2.0 or higher.

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Things you need

  • Pre-cracked .app file
  • Computer with Windows XP or Vista
  • .IPA file
  • Plist editor
  • WinZip

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  1. 1

    Open the Plist program.

  2. 2

    Click "File." Click "Open." Click "info.plist," and click "Ok" to open the file.

  3. 3

    Locate the following text in the file:





  4. 4

    Type the following text exactly as it appears between "<true/>" and "</dict>":


    <string>Apple iPhone OS Application Signing</string>

    The finished text should look like this:




    <string>Apple iPhone OS Application Signing</string>



  5. 5

    Click "File."

  6. 6

    Click "Save" to save the file.

  7. 7

    Click and drag the file into the ".app" folder.

  8. 8

    Open WinZip.

  9. 9

    Open the file application ".ipa" and click "Unzip."

  10. 10

    Delete all of the files, with the exception of the folder labelled "Payload."

  11. 11

    Copy the ".app" folder and paste it into the "Payload" folder to finish the conversion.

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