iOS App Distribution
Sep 5 2023 · Swift 5.9, macOS Ventura 13.4, Xcode 15 Beta
Part 2: Internal Distribution & Beta Testing
12. Ad Hoc Distribution
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Ad Hoc distribution is about as close to side loading apps onto an iOS device as we have right now. This distribution technique allows you to host your app and have users download them, all outside the App Store.
Notes: 12. Ad Hoc Distribution
iOS App Distribution & Best Practices, Chapter 5: https://www.kodeco.com/books/ios-app-distribution-best-practices/v1.0/chapters/5-internal-distribution
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As the name states, Ad Hoc Distribution is indeed a distribution style, so it has some similarities with regular App Store distribution, and some differences. Whenever you are distributing an app, you’ll need the following:
The easiest way to find a UDID for a device is to connect to it your computer, and use Finder. My device is already connected here, so I’ll select the device in the left hand menu.
Once you have your app, there are various methods to distribute it to the devices that match your list of possible UDIDs.