I am under the age of 18 so I can't get into the Apple Developer program. I am forced to just use my free developer account and I have been for the past year. Today for some reason I am getting this error:

The maximum number of apps for free development profiles has been reached.

I've had a similar error to this before when I was creating new apps left and right and it said I had too much profiles for the week, so I waited and continued development. This error on the other hand isn't giving me any actions to fix the issue and I can't solve on myself.

Is there a way to possible delate some of the developer profiles that I have registered? Do I just need to wait a couple of days? I don't know what to do because the error message has no recommended action. Thanks!

  • Have you tried setting your Mac date back a few days? I don't know but it might trick Xcode and let you continue working. Otherwise, I don't think you can get around this for the free account. If you want to continue developing, without restrictions, you'll have to pay the $99. – fsb Jun 15 '16 at 14:41
  • I’m going to put this on hold. The premise that minors can’t get developer accounts has changed substantially - please flag or raise on Ask Different Meta if we can get this either corrected or linked to an equivalent question that’s more contemporary. I think leaving this up with the answers from the time is very helpful – bmike Jun 28 '20 at 16:12

In my case this guide worked; that is, in Xcode go to Window → Devices then under Installed Apps delete some of your apps and afterwards I could run my own apps on the device again.

I also rebooted the phone beforehand, but I assume that was not necessary.

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    Worked for me!!(Y) No need to reboot – Pratik Jamariya Oct 24 '16 at 7:10
  • Yes, Right Answer and no need to reboot. – Hardik Vyas Feb 7 '20 at 8:03

I succeeded by removing all the unneeded provisioning profiles from the device itself.

  1. In the Xcode Menu, go to Window → Devices.

  2. Right-click the device that is giving the problem.

  3. Choose Show Provisioning Profiles and delete some profiles to make room for new ones.

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    This worked for me, since I didn't have the apps installed, I just had the profiles. In fact, I had other development apps installed, but from other developers, not me. – Ferran Maylinch Dec 30 '19 at 0:34
  • the only solution that helped, thanks a lot @P5ycH0 – Chwastek Jan 29 '20 at 19:02
  • Right, if You dont have installed apps, You still need to delete provisioning profiles. – dnnagy Mar 13 '20 at 11:16
  • This should be the right answer. If you delete apps from iPhone (and not remove the profiles), you'll experience such an error. So you need to remove provisioning profiles. – Mitrakov Artem May 5 '20 at 14:39
  • @MitrakovArtem, Even though I deleted the profiles and the installed apps, it still gives the error. Is there any other profiles I need to remove? I connected all my previous devices and deleted all profiles as well, but the error persists. – existing person Jul 7 '20 at 22:43

So I went back to Xcode 7 and created a new app and tried to install it on my device and I found that it gave me the error that I can only make 10 apps per week. Xcode 8 must just not be able to give you that error message yet. Basically, I just need to wait for the week to be over.

  • please put this as a comment, and not an answer. – NullCoderExists Sep 14 '16 at 11:27

I had Provisioning Profiles on my device that I couldn't delete. Solution was going to Window > Devices and Simulators, then right-click your physical device and Unpair Device.

Pair your device again after, and the other provisional profiles that couldn't be removed are now gone.

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