I have a 3rd generation iPod touch with iOS upgraded to version 4.3.3. When installing the Google+ 1.0.1 app, it gives the message shown in the picture below.

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Question: Is there a generation or iOS version of iPod touch that will allow the Google+ app to be installed?


Not today.

It looks like the current app asks iTunes to require GPS on iPhone.

iPod Touch and even iPad with GPS are prevented from downloading the app directly and iTunes will not install it.

I don't know why iTunes doesn't tell you what specific devices the app will work on rather than be a little vague about "not compatible with this device".

iTunes message

iOS store message

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    I have the Verizon iPad 2 and it doesn't show up in my app store search at all. Installed fine on my iPhone 4 – Thomas Jul 22 '11 at 15:50
  • Excellent - I'll edit my answer with that info - really appreciate checking and sharing:-) – bmike Jul 22 '11 at 16:49
  • Lol ok. I'll copy my comment to an answer. – Thomas Jul 23 '11 at 1:40
  • @bmike Thanks. Seems like just iPhones with GPS then. – Thomas Jul 23 '11 at 4:33
  • Just realized they don't differentiate people with the same name on here – Thomas Jul 23 '11 at 18:10

It's possible to install the app using the iPhone Configuration Utility. You first need to download Google+ using iTunes, then use the Configuration Utility to add the .ipa file to your device.

  • Great way to bypass the iTunes restrictions. Do be aware, iTunes will complain and ask to remove the app each time you sync. The other alternative is a jailbreak to bypass these sort of restrictions. – bmike Jul 22 '11 at 14:58
  • So then if jailbreak and the iPhone Configuration Utility are the only ways to install the google+ app, am I right in understanding that the google did not want for us to install google+ on the iPod touch? At least with version 1.0.1 – Thomas Jul 22 '11 at 15:18
  • Only Google knows why. Maybe they don't like the iPod touch? Or they just forgot that it's there? – René Jul 22 '11 at 15:24
  • Publicly guessing motivation is tricky - there could be intention to roll it out further, but chose to develop and test a limited set of devices initially. Yes - the added test load for testing on iPod isn't as nearly as large as designing and testing a new layout on iPad - it still occupies limited development time, money and resources. Unless someone at google blogs about the decision, we can only watch and wait.... – bmike Jul 22 '11 at 15:35
  • I have to laugh. I have an iPod touch that downloaded the app just fine. (iOS 7.1.1). – L.B. Jun 15 '14 at 2:34

I have the Verizon iPad 2 and it doesn't show up in my app store search at all. Installed fine on my iPhone 4

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