I'm a user of an iPhone 4 with iOS 7.1.2.

When I want download an app, it tells me it need to update to iOS 8.4, but it's not supported for the iPhone 4!

Is this only a requirement for specific apps or it is a bug?

  • You ask if it's only about a specific app- which app? The App Store page will tell you the minimum system requirement for the app. Apr 30, 2016 at 14:39
  • A newer iPhone will allow you to make it to iOS 8.4 allowing you to get any app that requires 8.4 or above.
    – Racing121
    Apr 30, 2016 at 18:23

2 Answers 2


screenshot of iOS app

If you open the App Store page for an app and scroll to the bottom, there's a section titled "Compatibility" that will tell you what the minimum version of iOS is that the app requires.

(This is not a screenshot of the OP's problem app, but rather The Infinite Arcade, which was the first app I saw.)


Apps which require features not available in older iOS versions can not be downloaded on these older versions. The minimum OS requirement is listed in the description of the app in the store.

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