I have an app in the appstore that used to be paid and with no ads.

I want to upload an update, make the app 'free', add ad's, that could be removed by purchasing "No ads 'in-app purchase'".


I don't want users that have paid for the app before to update the app and see ads.

I want to grant "No ads 'in-app purchase'" for users who is updating the app.

Basically, if a person is updating, then no ads is 'purchased' by default. If a person in downloading the app for the first time, he gets ads.

Is this possible? Any workarounds?

Thank you

1 Answer 1


You could update the paid app to set a preference that the user has the paid version. Then update the app with the free version.

  • 1
    That sounds interesting. Do I get it right, If a user skips the first update, he will get the ads anyway?
    – user40
    Commented Sep 22, 2015 at 23:07
  • @user40 yes, the user will get ads. It was the best I could come up with. Commented Sep 23, 2015 at 4:10

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