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IOS6 Updating/downloading free apps?

06-27-2013, 08:09 AM
IOS6 Updating/downloading free apps?

In IOS6, I thought you could download free apps and app updates without entering your Apple ID. I was looking forward to this to save me the time of entering my password and because its just more convienent, but sadly, I am still forced to enter my password. Its a minor gripe, but does anyone know why this is?
06-27-2013, 08:14 AM
hmm... sound interesting. the closest i've heard of that is the iOS 7 auto-update feature.

06-27-2013, 08:50 AM
Yeah, I'm fairly sure it WAS included, it just wasn't a very notable feature. It's minor, after all, but I was really looking forward to it and it very rarely works. Sorry for bringing this situation up now, I guess it's a bit late.
06-27-2013, 08:54 AM
Updates shouldn't require a password; free apps though still do as far as I remember.
06-27-2013, 08:55 AM
You have to enter your password if you download an app.(Even its free.Its apple policy.And believe me I read the whole policy page for two hours.)
As for the updates if you have only one apple ID and all the updates for the same ID then it will not demand any password.In other case if on ID is active and updates are associated with another ID(meaning the apps were purchased with another ID on the same iPhone) then you have to enter the password for that ID.
Hope it helps!
06-27-2013, 08:57 AM
I could have been wrong on the free apps not involving the password, I apologize! Anyways, I think I figured out the problem, I've been attempting to download the updates when I'm NOT logged into my Apple ID, but when I'm already logged into it, I don't have to enter the password, which makes perfect sense. Sorry, guys, I was a bit idiotic!

Infinity, that was also part of the problem, I have TWO ID's associated with the updates.. Luckily, the other ID which I don't primarily use only had free games downloaded on it, so I deleted all those games and redownloaded those with my regular Apple ID. Thanks, guys!
06-27-2013, 09:03 AM
No problem.Happy to help!
06-28-2013, 08:40 AM
Hmm, it doesn't seem to be working. I am NOT signed into my Apple ID and all the updates are for the same ID. Do I have to be signed into my ID in advance to download them without a password? Because it doesn't seem like I can download them without being prompted for a password if I'm not logged in.
06-28-2013, 09:33 AM
When I update my app, I have to enter my ID, then I can update other apps in a 15 minute time frame without entering my ID again (I think) after 15 minutes, you must re-enter your Password to download & update apps again.
06-28-2013, 09:59 AM
Only time it prompted me to enter ID was when I had zero cash on credit card , which is funny because it turns out I can't update without having at least some cash on credit card tied to Apple ID account.