Does iCloud update apps across devices?

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by ukwildcat, Oct 16, 2011.

  1. ukwildcat macrumors 6502

    Nov 29, 2009
    I was under the assumption that iCloud would update apps across devices if you updated the app in just one device. I have automatic downloading turned on in the app store for my pad and iPhone, but the apps aren't automatically updating. Do I need to do something special with iTunes on my iMac? Or was I wrong in assuming apps automatically update when I update on one device? TIA.
  2. Warbrain macrumors 603


    Jun 28, 2004
    Chicago, IL

    If you download an app on a device it will download to the others. Updates do not cross devices.
  3. ukwildcat thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 29, 2009
    Thanks. I find it odd, though, that updates don't occur as well. Hopefully that changes with a software update.
  4. DNAppleGold macrumors 6502

    Apr 9, 2009
    I found it very odd, so much so that I assumed I was doing something wrong. By the way, also excluded seems to be podcasts and iTunes U that are purchased from iTunes. All this means is that you're still doing a lot of synchronizing to your main computer. Hopefully updates will enhance the iCloud features.
  5. Lukeyy19 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 16, 2010
    England, UK
    what would be nice is if Apps just updated themselves automatically when you are connected to wifi, either when an update is pushed to the device or at scheduled intervals.
  6. mnsportsgeek macrumors 65816

    Feb 24, 2009
    That is a really great idea actually. Push updates would be very nice. I get sick of checking for updates every day.
  7. biver macrumors newbie

    May 23, 2010
    It's now possible for Jailbreakers to Auto Update Apps

    Check out "Auto App Updater" on the repo.

    It does exactly that! I just installed it and it's perfect. For those of you that are worried that it's a bad idea to update apps without making sure they don't have "major bugs" should turn off auto updates for your mission critical apps in the settings. Problem solved.

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