App status after refund

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by acousticbiker, Nov 29, 2009.

  1. acousticbiker macrumors 6502

    Jun 28, 2008
    For those who've received refunds for apps: does the app update when an update for that app becomes available? Or does Apple somehow 'remove' the app from your account?
  2. rKunda macrumors 65816


    Jul 14, 2008
    Why, are you looking to keep using an app after you've been refunded?
  3. FearlessFreep macrumors 6502a

    Jul 15, 2008
    Northern Virginia, USA
    If the app wasn't good enough for you and you got a refund, delete it. Unless you're really just wanting something but don't want to pay for it. :rolleyes:

    The app will stay, but won't be updated.
  4. erratikmind macrumors 6502a


    Apr 2, 2009
    S.F./Las Vegas
    I would think that upon receiving a refund for an app, that one would be inclined to delete the same.
  5. stephendoc1984 macrumors member

    Nov 6, 2008
    I bought Navigon and then thought to myself I would be better spending my money elsewhere and got a refund. I never really thought of the consequences. Though I still have the app on my iphone it just doesn't show any updates available and I am on the original version that I received when purchasing.
  6. outphase macrumors 65816

    Jun 13, 2009
    Parts Unknown
    If you asked for the refund, do the honorable thing and delete it. After all, you made the developer pay the 30% commission anyway.
  7. SpaceKitty macrumors 68040


    Nov 9, 2008
    Fort Collins Colorado
    Once you get a refund, it's as if you never purchased it and you cannot download updates until you purchase it again.
  8. Julien macrumors G4


    Jun 30, 2007
    ...and if somehow you can and do it's stealing.

    I want to get a refund on my car and keep driving it.:eek:
  9. acousticbiker thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 28, 2008
    Thanks to all for the answers and inspiring exhortations. So I decided to delete the app and re-purchase it (to give it another shot after an update had been issued). When I went to do so, it said that I had already purchased the app and asked whether I wanted to download it again for free. Is this normal behavior after a refund?
  10. prominence macrumors regular

    Jan 31, 2008
    Not sure. Did you end up getting charged for it, or did it download for free as the updated version?
  11. acousticbiker thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 28, 2008
    I was not charged.
  12. Shockre macrumors member

    Apr 4, 2009
    you are all wrong. my little brother bought some games for his iTouch using 1-click buy not knowing that I would have to pay $$$ for the games. when i found that out i contacted support and they refunded me $$$ and i deleted all the games. after about 2 months i wanted to buy one of these games and when i clicked buy it said that i already purchased it so my download is free. after that i tried with other games (that my brother accidentally purchased and i got refund) and i can download all of them, newest version.
  13. prominence macrumors regular

    Jan 31, 2008
    Makes sense. That is probably why they will only refund once via "accidental purchase" policy.
  14. alent1234 macrumors 603

    Jun 19, 2009
    since all apps download locally as a .ipa file, there is no security. if the app is still in your itunes try to check for updates. I think the process sends apple an xml file with your app data and then gets a response.
  15. aluren macrumors 65816

    Sep 9, 2008
    Anyone know how refund works if your iTunes account only has gift card credit (rather than a credit card)? Do I get refunded back the gift card credit?
  16. rotlex macrumors 6502a

    May 1, 2003
    I've only done one return to the store, and it came back as an iTunes store credit. I don't think it matters whether your account is using a credit card, or a gift card, your going to get a "store credit" I believe.
  17. aluren macrumors 65816

    Sep 9, 2008
    Cool. Thanks.
  18. stephendoc1984 macrumors member

    Nov 6, 2008
    Just to rekindle an old thread. Last night randomly I got an update for Navigon which hadn't been updated from 1.0.0 because of the refund I'd imagine. Last night however the app showed as an update in the app store and I updated successfully. :D
  19. LostLogik macrumors 6502a

    Jul 9, 2008
    If you retain the app on your PC you will get updates. However if you've received a refund, you should've deleted the app from your iPhone and your PC (something I think stated in the terms of the refund). ITunes won't then be able to update an app that isn't there, or even notify you of an available update if there is no trace of the app on your computer. It doesn't look at past purchases, but rather checks apps on your system/iPhone.

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