Simple question: Can I install an application that was downloaded to my iTunes into my iPad/iPhone without syncing it with the computer?

I am abroad and without access to wi-fi, only network cable, so the trivial solutions of "download directly through the iPad" and "sync it with your computer once and be over it" won't work (unless I start syncing with two computers at the same time, and I recall it gave me trouble in the past).


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You can try the install with iPhone Configuration Utility:





To install apps into your iPad you would need to:

  1. Install it via the App Store (on your iDevice)
  2. Sync it through iTunes

That is, if you don't jailbreak. However, I will not touch on the subject as it may break Apple's license for apps (and void your warranty).

  • enterprise apps can be installed directly from a the manufactors homepage, without going through appstore nor itunes.
    – neoneye
    May 28, 2011 at 20:29
  • whoops, will add that in
    – user6124
    May 29, 2011 at 0:37
  • check the duplicate candidate. there are a number of ways to install apps and including @neoneye's suggestion you're still missing at least 2.
    – cregox
    May 30, 2011 at 22:54
  • Hmm, seems like a near-exact duplicate. I will add in the other options when I manage to get my MacBook back (can't type that well on the iPhone)
    – user6124
    May 31, 2011 at 10:33

You might be able to download the application (some applications have their own website so you dont have to use iTunes to download them) then drag it into your iPad.

  • u actually might even be able to do this with itunes. It would technically "sync" but it would add or subtract any music, etc.
    – luca590
    May 28, 2011 at 16:56
  • This is not correct and is not likely to become so. You cannot simply "drag" apps onto an iOS device - you have to use iTunes or the iOS App Store.
    – Cajunluke
    Aug 23, 2012 at 4:42

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