I recently got hold of an old iPad (gen 3, iOS 9.3.6) which works fine. The problem is that it refuses to install a sizable portion of apps, because the newest versions require higher iOS version. That's fine.

Two specific questions:

  1. How do I tell if the app store still has the old version? (people say it's up to the developer to remove the old versions from the app store)

  2. How do I install them if I do not own any other iOS device (iPhone or whatever). So the "App store | Purchased | Not on this iPad" trick won't work?

Would jailbreaking help?

Example apps I'd love to install: Spotify, Google Keep.

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    Keep in mind that an older unsupported iOS version is rather vulnerable and will never be fixed. Commented Dec 27, 2019 at 5:55

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With an old version iTunes on a computer you can download the current version there. Once you go back to you iPad you can download the older version.

How to get the version iTunes you need. https://apple.stackexchange.com/a/320415/44531

The process[ ignore the blurb at the top which says you cannot ]: https://apple.stackexchange.com/a/144924/44531]2

  • fyi. I've read where this older version of iTunes doesn't work on Catalina. Commented Jan 6, 2020 at 20:02
  • This has helped me a lot. To be precise: 1. old iTunes for Microsoft Windows 2. click download on apps there (disregarding the actual downloaded files) 3. on iPad's app store refer to apps installed on other devices Commented May 23, 2020 at 10:14

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