Finally: no password required for downloading free apps in iOS 6

Finally: no password required for downloading free apps in iOS 6
We love the App Store - it’s the one huge advantage Apple has over competing platforms, but as much as we like downloading apps and games from it, we also hate the fact that you have to enter your Apple ID password every single time you download an app.

Sure, we want that extra security step for paid purchases, but for free downloads this requirement is plain absurd. And after years of having to time and time again waste time typing down passwords for every free purchase, Apple finally listened and will remove the requirement in iOS 6.

In early iOS 6 betas Apple removed the password requirement for app updates, and now in beta 3 the requirement is gone for free apps as well. This means the only time you’d need to type down your password now will be when you want to download a paid app.

source: Reddit via Cult of Mac



1. ScottSchneider

Posts: 336; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

Huh...Hmmmm... Useless... :-/


Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

@scottS - what do you mean useless! victor H resident iOSarena fan numero uno says app store is the HUGE advantage over everyone else... and if this makes him excited, makes me excited! Don't know bout you guys but me loves the app store, it's really cool! I loved it when Steve tried to sue amazon for those words, even cooler! and totally deserved, Apple invented those words ya know! :/

3. CharlieAtInfinity

Posts: 253; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

All ifans feel that way lol

4. dman72

Posts: 9; Member since: Mar 10, 2012

what about when updating apps?

10. Aaron_R96 unregistered

You dont have to put a password in for updating apps either now, Schrader have done an article on this that goes more in-depth

18. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

Wow was this really still an issue like 4 years later now??? FAIL

5. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

This was one of major annoyances when using the AppStore or getting app updates on my complementary iPod Touch. Sign in, new Terms and Agreements, sign in again, app finally downloads or updates. FFS...

6. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Wow I'm happy the Play store doesn't do that. Seems like a pain in the ass. At least Apple fixed it.

7. devilfisch

Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

It's one of the things I despised about the Apple App Store especially when installing a plethora of new apps. It's too tedious. Another thing I find very irritating is that after confirming to install an app, it will jump out to the home screen. If that was the only app I wanted to install then it's fine but what if I was planning to install several? Jumping in and out of the App Store gets old... very fast! I hope they fix that too. I also own an Android tablet and I loved the fact that the Play Store wasn't so annoying!

11. JunkCreek

Posts: 407; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

what iPhone do you have? 2G didn't support multitasking, right?

12. devilfisch

Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I have an iPad 2. I never owned any other iOS device so I'm not sure about the iPhone 2G.

13. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Yea...I helped my kids mother set up her iPhone 4. Pain... On the Android least the latest can set a pin for purchases. Free apps dont need a pin. Anything that requires a purchase does.

19. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

Also known as your wife??

16. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I know right? Its annoying -.-

8. christianqwerty

Posts: 467; Member since: May 05, 2011

My cousins share an iPad ( they are under 10) and they always want to download apps, and that limits them from downloading everything. I don't really mind having to insert the password for a free app.

9. pellegrini

Posts: 84; Member since: Jun 14, 2012

This is something that each user could decide by their own. Your cousins example is a good one, but it isn't the majority of the cases out there.

21. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I agree with this too. I havent had too much trouble recovering from my kids downloading suspect free apps on my Android phones. I would like to see Google make it so you can set a pin for any apps, not just paid. Have an option for paid or all.

14. Jay_F

Posts: 236; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

Thank god finally. Even with my phone jailbroken with the app that should have solved the problem I still had to put in a password for everything. I thought you should at least have the option on your phone whether or not you wanted the additional protection. Why on earth would somebody want to input a password just for some free apps or for updating.

15. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

another copy from Android..... Android 2012 = iOS 2014

17. ChiX017

Posts: 308; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

FinaLLy! As if my long a$$ password wasn't difficult enough to enter every time I went into d app store

20. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Wow, really? That would be hella annoying! I had no idea iphone users had to put up with that, the poor sheep!

22. voyagergirl7112013

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 20, 2013

iTunes store you cannot save your password for long because after you log in to purchase apps etc. Also you cannot download purchases if a previous purchase has failed - regardless of whether the app is paid or free.

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