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Auto-update for iOS apps?

Is there a way to turn on auto-update for iOS apps? I'm sure Android lets you do that.

Most Useful Answer JanSt  Dec. 18, 2012 at 14:42

Yes, desktop iTunes is what I meant. And even if you accidentally synced with the stinkink new app version, the old .ipa will be dumped in the recycling bin. Just deleted the new version from iTunes media folder and restore the .ipa from the rubbish bin. Delete the new app on the phone, then reconnect and sync the old version... Not ideal. But possible.

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JanSt / MOD  Nov. 19, 2012 at 11:52

Yes, Android lets you do it. And I'm dead set against it - new versions of apps have been known to cause problems; or introduce features you don't like; or kill features you like.

Whenever there's a new update, I check what changes there are, and maybe wait for a couple of reviews.
Auto-update is one of the first things I disable when using an Android phone.

AFAIK, iOS doesn't offer auto-update. You can automatically download new purchases you made on other iDevices (say you bought app xyz on an iPad, it'll automatically be installed on your iPhone, also).
I'm not sure if desktop iTunes can automatically download updates to then sync with your iDevice...if so, I'd disable that, too :p

Pondlife  Nov. 19, 2012 at 12:10

Wouldn't have been possible with ios5 as you always had to enter password even when updating a free app. Could be under ios6, nope just searched. Think desktop itunes might be able to do it as Jan suggests. Nice that the os apparently does have autoupdate and that had definite problems and killed features...
Still without the ability to back up older versions I think Jan's aversion to autoupdate seems sensible. Mind you entirely possible that you could eventually update after reviews and features you liked had still been killed..

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 18, 2012 at 14:42

Yes, desktop iTunes is what I meant. And even if you accidentally synced with the stinkink new app version, the old .ipa will be dumped in the recycling bin. Just deleted the new version from iTunes media folder and restore the .ipa from the rubbish bin. Delete the new app on the phone, then reconnect and sync the old version... Not ideal. But possible.

sylviandark  Apr. 11, 2013 at 18:01

Another reason Android is better than IOS. Google offers choice and capabilities.

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 11, 2013 at 20:29

Another reason Android is better than IOS. Google offers choice and capabilities.

I disagree. Auto-updating apps is pretty much the, at least, second dumbest thing one can set up. Often app updates are not quite what one hopes for. Functionality gets changed; features you favour disappear, or new bugs get introduced.
The smart thing is to let others make the mistake first. When there's an app update available, check the most recent reviews and comments.
That is my opinion anyways, and there are more reasons. And what does that have to do with Apple and iOS, anyways? LOL

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