About MobileDevice

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GroundControl uses an Apple library called MobileDevice for certain operations, specifically iOS updates. This library is built into macOS. On Windows, GroundControl links to a copy of MobileDevice bundled with Apple iTunes. Apple updates MobileDevice from time to time to support new devices or a new version of iOS.

iOS VersionMinimum MobileDevice VersionMinimum iTunes VersionNotes
iOS 17MobileDevice 1643.2.4.1Win64 | Win32
iOS 16MobileDevice 1400Win64 | Win32
iOS 15.6.1MobileDevice 1369.100.46Win64 | Win32
iOS 15.1MobileDevice 1351.1Win64 | Win32
iOS 15MobileDevice 1253.100.1Win64 | Win32
iOS 14.5MobileDevice 1253.100Win64 | Win32
iOS 14MobileDevice 1253Win64 | Win32Use these links for GroundControl 4.10.2+

Check Your Version of Apple MobileDevice

GroundControl displays the version of Apple MobileDevice in the Launchpad and in the admin console’s Launchpad Detail page. Click the triangle next to the Launchpad version display to show the OS version and the MobileDevice version. You can also export this data via Launchpad actions.

Obtaining MobileDevice from iTunes

Apple distributes iTunes on the Windows Store and as a standalone installed. GroundControl requires the components bundled with the standalone version of iTunes. You may download these from apple.com using the link in the table at the top of this page.

Once downloaded, extract the MobileDevice libraries from the installer for silent iTunes-free installation.

NOTE: Installing MobileDevice requires a PC restart in order for the change to take effect.

Extract DLLs from iTunes


  1. Download the Windows iTunes installer
  2. Extract the iTunes installer with a tool such as 7-zip
  3. Locate and install the following MSIs in order:
    • AppleMobileDeviceSupport.msi


  1. Download the Windows iTunes installer
  2. Extract the iTunes installer with a tool such as 7-zip
  3. Locate and install the following MSIs in order:
    • AppleMobileDeviceSupport64.msi

To silently install the MSIs, install with the following command. If installing the 32-bit file version, modify the .msi file name appropriately.

msiexec /i AppleMobileDeviceSupport64.msi INSTALL_DRIVERS=1
Update MobileDevice

New versions of iOS may require new versions of MobileDevice for updating or restoring devices. See the chart at the top of this page for versions. However, Apple doesn’t distribute a standalone package for updating MobileDevice.


Download the latest iTunes using the links at the top of this page, and extract the DLLs again, using the process described above. Distribute the new DLLs using your software distribution method of choice.


For Macs, there are two ways to update Apple MobileDevice:

  • Xcode 14 MobileDevice package
  • Over the air

To update via downloading Xcode 14:

  1. Download Xcode 14 and explore the app bundle to locate the latest package to update Apple MobileDevice for Mac. It is in Xcode.app/Content/Resources/Packages. The name is MobileDevice.pkg.
  2. Extract the Xcode 14+.xip file.
  3. Right-click on the Xcode.app and select Show package contents.
  4. Locate the file Xcode.app/Contents/Resources/Packages/MobileDevice.pkg.
  5. Distribute that pkg file to Macs requiring the update.
  6. Run the MobileDevice.pkg to get the latest MobileDevice from Xcode.
  7. Close and reopen the launchpad to see the latest version of Apple MobileDevice.

To update over the air:

  1. Over the air, update one iOS device to the latest iOS version. This can be a personal device or a corporate device.
  2. Exit the GroundControl Launchpad app.
  3. Plug in the updated iOS device to your Mac. The Mac should prompt you to update your MobileDevice software.
  4. Click Install, which begins an update mechanism for MobileDevice.
  5. Disconnect your device.
  6. Resume using the Launchpad app.

Unfortunately, this process can not be automated across many Macs.

Troubleshooting MobileDevice

If your PC is having issues recognizing devices or the Launchpad will not start up, try the following:

1. Uninstall all Apple support components from Programs & Features, and iTunes, if installed

2. Reinstall MobileDevice using the instructions above

3. There is a known issue on Windows that may cause devices not to appear as connected on Windows. See this support article for additional information.