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. – John Keates Dec 27 '19 at 5:55

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. – historystamp Jan 6 '20 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 – Grzegorz Oledzki May 23 '20 at 10:14

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