Good day everyone, I'm developing an iOS application and I was wondering how many times I can deploy to my iPad Mini (the device I use to test) without signing up for the iOS Development Program again. I had signed up before, but I don't have the cash right now to sign up again.

Does anyone know if there's a limit to how many times I can deploy to a device? I'm a bit uneasy because I might hit a restriction later on and it would stall my development process.

Thank you.

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You can deploy to your personal devices as many times as you want; there's no restriction on deploys of this type.

You only have to pay the membership fee if you want to use the more advanced features such as TestFlight and the App Store.


  • Here's a list of supported capabilities that require either a free account or paid one.
  • The provisioning profile is only good for 7 days. After that you need to generate a new one and deploy it to the device.
  • Max number of connected devices is limited to 3.
  • So I'm good to go even if I end up deploying to around roughly 50 other devices? As long as I don't use any advanced features? Also, do they have a list of Advanced App Capabilities? Just so I know my limits.
    – Razgriz
    Commented Oct 16, 2017 at 12:40
  • The free program is not meant as a way to side-step the Apple Developer Program. It's meant, primarily, as a way to help you learn to code and deploy to various devices. As such, there are some limitations. I've updated my answer.
    – fsb
    Commented Oct 16, 2017 at 12:54
  • I see. So that's a total of 3 devices at a time, anything more, I'd have to sign up for the Developer Program? How many times can I upload to a single device to test?
    – Razgriz
    Commented Oct 18, 2017 at 16:16

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