I was just looking around my iPhone and noticed that I have a profile named "In-House Distribution" installed (under Settings > General > Profile). It has a received date of November 18, 2013. The thing is, I have no idea where it came from. My employer didn't install it, I don't recall accepting any profiles, and I simply have no idea where it came from.

My question: Should I be worried about this?


  • I understand that Apple uses "in-house distribution" provisioning for iOS developers. I don't develop iOS apps, but I am currently running the alpha version of the Stack Exchange iOS app (released in February 2014). Could this be the reason?
  • I do have a couple of favorites from Safari saved to my home screen for easy access; I may have saved the first of these around November. Could saving those links have caused creation of this profile?
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    Same exact issue here (including having installed the Stack Exchange app). Also deleted with no ill effects observed yet. – Craig W Apr 3 '14 at 3:05
  • The in house app allowes things to be downloaded automatically (news papers magazine ect) it' also alowes certain app to auto update as well – user81487 Jun 11 '14 at 21:40
  • This is not really relevant to my question. I'm not asking about an app, but about a profile. – elixenide Jun 12 '14 at 13:49

if you don't know what it does, and its of no importance, simply remove it... also do a iCloud backup before

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    Well, that's the question: I don't know what it does, so I don't know if it's of any importance. – elixenide Mar 17 '14 at 3:00
  • well, logic dictates. if it is something important, you would know... also a proper backup before will do the trick IF you feel you'd made a mistake you know the simplest answer is most often correct – Macmaniman Mar 17 '14 at 3:01
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    I probably will end up nuking it, but I still would like to know what it is, preferably before I nuke it. – elixenide Mar 17 '14 at 3:02
  • hahahah, funny i understand, tho the alpha app is probably the reason.. but i guess you'll find out soon enough! Let me know how it goes :) – Macmaniman Mar 17 '14 at 3:06
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    I've deleted it. No ill effects so far, but we'll see. I have a suspicion it may have to do with special licensing my former employer had for in-app content for one particular app; maybe the phone somehow got re-provisioned even after I changed jobs. – elixenide Mar 17 '14 at 3:17

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