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

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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13 Comments

1. sriuslywtf

Posts: 297; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

free paid apps? I'm conflicted..

2. amiaq

Posts: 509; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

Fair enough

3. WinDroid

Posts: 77; Member since: May 20, 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.

6. nlbates66

Posts: 328; Member since: Aug 15, 2012

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

7. vincelongman

Posts: 5645; Member since: Feb 10, 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

11. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

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

9. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

And that's will be stealing, right ?

13. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 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.

4. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

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

5. mturby unregistered

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

12. tacarat

Posts: 853; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

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

10. Scott93274

Posts: 6030; Member since: Aug 06, 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.

14. kopkiwi

Posts: 90; Member since: May 31, 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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