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This quick tutorial explains how to install applications on your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch without using iTunes.

  1. Download CopyTrans Manager, our free iTunes Alternative from the following page:
    Install Apps without iTunes

  2. Install the program. If you need help installing CopyTrans Manager, please refer to this article

  3. Open CopyTrans Manager and connect your iPod Touch, iPad or iPhone

  4. From the left pane of the main CopyTrans Manager window click on “Applications” under your iDevice name. This will display the list of apps installed on your device. If you do not see “Applications”, this means that you didn’t yet install any applications on the iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch ios apps listed in main copytrans manager window

  5. Now navigate to the PC folder containing the application(s) you want to install. iOS applications have the *.ipa extension and can be found in the “My Music\iTunes\iTunes Media\Mobile Applications” folder itunes mobile applications folder on pc

  6. Next select the iOS application(s) you wish to add to your iDevice. Drag and drop the selection to the open CopyTrans Manager window select ipa to install

  7. Now click on the “Update” button in order to install the apps on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch update button in copytrans manager

The selected apps have been installed on your iPhone.

ios apps on iphone home screen

If you have trouble installing apps check whether:

  • it’s a cracked ipa – CopyTrans Manager only installs genuine apps

  • the app is for a newer iOS version than the one on your device (i.e. iOS 6.0 app will not install on iPhone running iOS 5.0)

  • the app is for another iOS device model (i.e. trying to install an iPad app on an iPhone)

  • the same app is already installed on the iOS device