Question about re-downloading Apps

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by Khryz, May 14, 2009.

  1. Khryz macrumors 6502a

    Jan 7, 2007
    Say I downloaded an App when it was free, then deleted it -- but now I want to re-download it but now it costs money .. will I get charged or will I still get it for free no matter what price it becomes now?
  2. Drumjim85 macrumors 68030


    Oct 7, 2007
    DFW, TX
    When it was free you bought it, you even received a receipt for it. When you download it again it will be free because you've already purchased it.
  3. narjisse macrumors newbie

    Aug 15, 2008
    I've done that and the comment above is right.
  4. Fe1 macrumors regular

    May 9, 2009
    I see others have answered. My experience is different from theirs.

    I once bought an app that was $3.99, but had a problem with the v1.1 update. iTunes wanted to charge me for it, even though the developer wrote to me that all his updates were free. There was obviously a bug somehwere.

    I just hated to see that number icon in the "Apps Store" on my iPhone and I really wanted the app, so I deleted it from my Mobile Applications folder, redownloaded it again, and guess what? I was charged again. However, updates have worked so far without extra charges.

    This happen to anyone else?
  5. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    Not me.

    As long as I've been signed into the iTunes store with the same account I used to purchase an app, going through the process of "buying it again" has always ended up with the message that says "You already paid for this, updates are free", and I don't get charged again. :confused:
  6. Fe1 macrumors regular

    May 9, 2009
    No. That's the case with me too, with my hundreds of other apps. You are charged only once, unless the developer decides to charge for upgrades.

    THIS IS THE CRUCIAL DETAIL and difference.

    Say iTunes informs you that you have an update available, but there is a bug that prevents you from doing so. If you delete the app from your Mobile Applications folder (in essence, tricking iTunes to think you don't have it installed), have you guys then been charged for that app again?

    Because that is what happened to me. The developer was at a loss, and so far, Apple hasn't refunded the extra $3.99.
  7. moka macrumors 6502a

    Aug 11, 2008
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 2_2_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/525.18.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.1.1 Mobile/5H11 Safari/525.20)

    I had the same senario as you mentioned but I was not charged for the download
  8. Fe1 macrumors regular

    May 9, 2009

    Sigh. My rotten luck, then. Oh well. Thanks for the info.
  9. J1nx macrumors newbie

    May 28, 2009
    how do I permanently delete apps from iphone

    Every time I tried to reinstall an app that I have deleted from iphone and through my itunes I still keep getting the message " You have already purchased this item. To download it again for free, select OK." How come my iphone still remembers the app?, and how do I manage to delete it in such a way that when I want to reinstall the app I will not get this message again?. I was using a trail period app, and my time had run I wanted to a fresh reinstall from my iphone to use it again like new, but no matter how I try to delete the apps my phone keeps remembering the app?!!!!!. There is also a few other free apps with out the trial period I would like to reinstall fresh again with out this dumb ass message!. How do I get around this?.

    many thanks to anyone that can assist me on this problem :(
  10. Rayfire macrumors 68030


    Aug 25, 2008
    Well iTunes does remember all your purchases, including the free and paid apps from the App store. When you use your same iTunes account to download the app, then it will remember that you purchased it already and will offer a free download. They placed this so that for example you bought a newer version of the iPhone/iPod Touch, then you can safely transfer the apps without being charged twice for the download.

    You can try using a different iTunes account but that would be a major hassle since it would affect the other apps you downloaded on your 1st iTunes account. Why not buy the pro version of the app you're trying?

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