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Refunded apps can no longer be updated or reinstalled from the Apple App Store

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Refunded apps can no longer be updated or reinstalled from the Apple App Store
It seems strange, but Apple used to allow people who received a refund for a paid app, to continue to reinstall and update it. Obviously, this doesn't seem to make sense. After all, isn't that like getting a paid app for free? Apple has finally put an end to this and now those who try to reinstall, or update an app for which they have already received a refund, will see an error message. The error message for an update says that it is not available because the app is owned by another user, or was refunded/canceled.

Apple does not have a straightforward way to get a refund on a paid app. But if iOS users "Report a problem" with a purchased app, one of the options is a refund.

This opening has now been slammed shut by Apple. There is no word on how much money developers refunded over the years to users of an app, who then reinstalled and updated it as though they never received the refund in the first place. It doesn't seem that you could, or even should, blame Apple for getting rid of an opening like this, which should have been hammered shut a long time ago.

Apple closes the window on free paid apps for iOS users

Apple closes the window on free paid apps for iOS users


source: @macguitar via MacRumors

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posted on 24 May 2014, 21:25 2

1. sriuslywtf (Posts: 278; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)


free paid apps? I'm conflicted..

posted on 24 May 2014, 21:28 3

2. amiaq (Posts: 499; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


Fair enough

posted on 24 May 2014, 21:30 4

3. WinDroid (Posts: 77; Member since: 20 May 2014)


Welp time to switch over to Android, you can make a copy of your apps (No BS Digital DRM) and just reinstall whenever you want just by ticking a box in settings.

posted on 24 May 2014, 23:27 7

6. nlbates66 (Posts: 314; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)


sounds like a great way to make developers hate you.... :/

posted on 24 May 2014, 23:40 3

7. vincelongman (Posts: 1710; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Yea, apps are just a few dollars, dont be cheap, support the devs.
If you don't like the app just get a refund

iOS/Android would be nothing without the app devs

posted on 25 May 2014, 08:58

11. AfterShock (Posts: 2984; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Kind of suspect we have witnessed the rebirth of a troll with the one you're replying to.
First post advocates pirating.

posted on 25 May 2014, 03:00 1

9. sip1995 (Posts: 945; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


And that's will be stealing, right ?

posted on 25 May 2014, 16:00

13. sprockkets (Posts: 1362; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


Wrong. Any paid apps cannot be duplicated - they in fact are drmed.

Making a copy of your apps is possible but not really straightforward.

posted on 24 May 2014, 22:01

4. networkdood (Posts: 6326; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Wow, I wish my wife knew about this as she has the iPad Mini 2 and 5C...

posted on 24 May 2014, 22:25 4

5. mturby (unregistered)


in other words: take ur fu**** $ back and don't ever buy around here u ungrateful ios user.

posted on 25 May 2014, 14:22

12. tacarat (Posts: 215; Member since: 22 Apr 2013)


That's only if they don't give back the purchase option.

posted on 25 May 2014, 02:40

8. lyndon420 (Posts: 1786; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Marriage licenses should come with a refund option :-)

posted on 25 May 2014, 08:42

10. Scott93274 (Posts: 1353; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


This seems like an odd thing for Apple to have left open up to this point. Well, I don't blame them for fixing it.

posted on 26 May 2014, 15:56

14. kopkiwi (Posts: 39; Member since: 31 May 2013)


And this is why I love the 15 minute refund window with Android. Long enough to try and decide if you want to keep it.

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