iOS App size in TestFlight is much bigger than the .ipa

MichaelRumplerMichaelRumpler ATMember ✭✭✭✭✭

I pretty much finished converting a Xamarin.iOS app to Xamarin.Forms. The size of the old version in the app store as 24.5MB. The .ipa of my Forms app is 22MB (with many features added), so this is good. But when I upload that .ipa to iTunes Connect and then download it again, then TestFlight shows a size of 72MB.

Why is the app so much bigger in TestFlight than it was in the .ipa? Will the app store also show those 72MB? My users won't be happy when the app size tripples.

Linker is set to SDK assemblies only, but that also affects the .ipa size.

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  • MichaelRumplerMichaelRumpler ATMember ✭✭✭✭✭

    It seems like the size in TestFlight is the unpacked size.
    I just opened up my .ipa and it shows a file with the name of my main assembly as 59MB with a packed size of 16MB. But this should only be the code from the iOS project, isn't it? At least there is also a .dll for my PCL project in the .monotouch-64 folder which only has about 300KB. Most of my code is in the PCL. The iOS project only holds about 50 classes.

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