swapping purchased apps with an older version

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by itsjustmeee, Mar 31, 2009.

  1. itsjustmeee macrumors 6502a

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    Is it possible to just copy a purchased app file from the itunes folder where they're stored, install the newer version of the app and then if you don't like it, drag the older file back into the itunes folder and sync the iphone? Does it just re-install the older version again or is there some sort of protection that stops it from working.
     
  2. dZp macrumors 6502a

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    Nothing to stop you doing it. I have done it a few times. And it's always best to also backup all your .ipa files elsewhere, precisely for that reason.

    But you shouldn't remove/replace the file directly from the ~/Music/iTunes/Mobile Applications/ folder, instead just add the .ipa file to iTunes via drag n drop or double-click, so that it registers properly in the iTunes database.
     
  3. itsjustmeee thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    So you can actually drag the older app file into itunes and it will re-install it? Is it necessary to remove the newer app in itunes or the phone first, or just drag the older file into itunes as you suggested?
     
  4. dZp macrumors 6502a

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    You'll need to delete the newer version app from your iPhone (you will lose your app's settings, preferences...).
    You don't need to delete the app from iTunes. Simply drag n drop the older version app in iTunes and you'll be prompted to replace (see snapshot).
    Then with your iPhone connected, check that the app is still selected to be synced, and sync your phone.
     

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  6. bmms8 macrumors 68020

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    i cannot find the previous version of the app i would like to replace in the applications folder, can someone please help? Thanks!
     
  7. dZp macrumors 6502a

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    If you didn't backup the original (previous version) .ipa file, then you're pretty much out of luck.
    As I said above:
     
  8. Luminator macrumors member

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    You might want to check your deleted folder for the ipa, I'm running windows so when an app is updated the old version is placed in the recycle bin. Should be that same for Mac. Just don't do a restore, but copy it to a temp location or drag it back into itunes.
     
  9. bmms8 macrumors 68020

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    thanks for the help guys, i think i am sol because i deleted it from the bin after i upgraded :(
     

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