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Clearing app updates you don't want

08-23-2011, 06:00 PM
#1
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Clearing app updates you don't want

This may be a stupid question, but is there a good way to clear your app update list in iTunes? I have about 10 apps now that I don't want to update (such as Uno for example) because the reviews of the update are generally bad. Other than just having those sitting in my app updates screen, is there any way to hide them until such time that I actually want to update? I hate having an extra 10 apps sitting there when I might have another 40 that have updates I'll actually download. I don't want to have to search through the list finding the ones I don't want to update. Hopefully that makes sense. Thanks
08-25-2011, 06:15 PM
#2
Joined: Aug 2011
Posts: 1
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Originally Posted by DJCaseyD View Post
is there a good way to clear your app update list in iTunes?
you make total sense and +1 here. I just put my 2 cents here:

http://www.apple.com/feedback/itunesapp.html

I, too, have a ton of apps I just tried because they were free and realized they were just garbage. (or in some cases, paid for apps that were stopgaps that aren't needed anymore - nothing against them - they served their purpose)

some peeps have this "privacy" thing going on - for me, it's not that - I, like you, want to get the fluff out of view & stop receiving updates I don't need or want.

of course, there should be a way to reenable or perhaps even switch to a view of "ignored/hidden updates" and perhaps reenable any apps that may have indeed gotten a facelift and worth trying again. I'd do that once every other month or something.

08-25-2011, 06:21 PM
#3
Joined: Jul 2011
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+1

To add to this, I'd also like an easier way to view on my iPhone what exactly I get in the update, because even reviews aside, some of the stuff updates add like 'A NEW IAP', why would I want that unless I truly loved the game? And so if I wanna see what I'm getting, I have to go in and out of the apps and the app store over and over and when I have like twenty new updates to look at a time, this is a surprisingly time consuming task.

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08-25-2011, 06:22 PM
#4
Joined: Jun 2009
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Originally Posted by DJCaseyD View Post
This may be a stupid question, but is there a good way to clear your app update list in iTunes? I have about 10 apps now that I don't want to update (such as Uno for example) because the reviews of the update are generally bad. Other than just having those sitting in my app updates screen, is there any way to hide them until such time that I actually want to update? I hate having an extra 10 apps sitting there when I might have another 40 that have updates I'll actually download. I don't want to have to search through the list finding the ones I don't want to update. Hopefully that makes sense. Thanks
I usually back up the original IPA file to another location, then download the update, delete the updated IPA and then put the original back.

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08-25-2011, 06:27 PM
#5
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Here's an Idea..... Delete the rubbish apps you don't want to update.....

Problem solved!

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08-25-2011, 06:47 PM
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Here's an Idea..... Delete the rubbish apps you don't want to update.....

Problem solved!
I don't think he would ask this question of the apps in question are rubbish...

Anyway, I really wish Apple would give the ability to "Ignore" an update. The next time you check for updates, it'll show up again. Simple.

Or at least just an option within the App Store app to turn off badges.

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08-25-2011, 06:55 PM
#7
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Originally Posted by triggywiggy View Post
Here's an Idea..... Delete the rubbish apps you don't want to update.....

Problem solved!
Hmm, that would work if he wanted the apps gone. Apparently he wants certain apps at their current state and doesn't want iTunes to continuously point out that he has an awaiting update.

I have like 10 currently waiting for my approval to update but I haven't for whatever reasons. I'd like them in a hidden state as well kuz as it is, I have to actively keep track of updates I am waiting on and I'd like to have them separated if possible. No biggie though for me.
08-25-2011, 07:40 PM
#8
I'm all for this.
As an example, Chaos Rings just released an update that adds the Japanese voices to the game but also adds about 400 mb to the size of the file. Now, I could care less about having the voices, and, though I want to keep the game, it's a bit of a hassle to download a 700mb file on my fairly slow DSL connection. So the update is just going to sit there. I don't really want it. And, if sometime I'm presented with several updates that I DO want, I won't be able to use the "update all" feature unless I want to get that enormous Chaos Rings update clogging up the process.
It's no big deal, but it IS sometimes a nuisance.
08-26-2011, 04:02 PM
#9
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Originally Posted by triggywiggy View Post
Here's an Idea..... Delete the rubbish apps you don't want to update.....

Problem solved!
Usually they're good apps with rubbish updates unfortunately.
08-26-2011, 04:07 PM
#10
Joined: Jun 2009
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Another good example: Maple Story Thief Edition recently cut in-game music almost completely out to get under 20 MB to hit impulse 3G buyers. Not wanting to lose my music, I'm staying at the older version. Many other games have added advertisements as an "update" as well.

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