I have a single app that needs to be reinstalled. I have tried all tricks known to man in attempts to get it to work, but all have failed. There is a lot of data in this app that I'd rather not lose. It isn't explicitly iCloud-enabled, and it's not a game, so there's no hope of Game Center restoring anything. How, if possible, can I reinstall it without losing my data?
While I never tried it myself, in theory you could use something like PhoneDisk to open the app's private folder and copy all the content to your computer. Then, after deleting and reinstalling the app, you should be able to copy the content back.
Xcode can reinstall an app. Go to Window -> Devices and click on your device on the left. You can tap the '+' button and browse for an app, or just drag any app you want onto the 'Installed apps' section. You can even drag an app icon straight from iTunes. The app will be reinstalled, over the old one, without erasing any data, documents, caches, etc.
Reinstalling the application will almost certainly not solve your problem. iOS applications are digitally signed. If even a single byte is changed, iOS will refuse to run it. What you will be reinstalling will be identical to what you currently have installed.
The problem is far more likely to be with your data or the interpretation of it. There's probably a bug in the application that has either deleted your data or fails to recognise it. You should contact the developers to try to diagnose what is happening here.
You can get your data off your device by using a tool like iExplorer, or, if the application has enabled it, iTunes File Sharing (which is available in the Apps tab for your device in iTunes).
As Hui explained, an app can be reinstalled without the loss of it's data by deleting or renaming the iTunesMetadata.plist file in it's directory.
Terminal works as well as iFile for this purpose, but it's tiny and free. A Terminal command to accomplish this for Facebook:
rm $(dirname $(find -name Facebook.app))/iTunesMetadata.plist
I've just had to reinstall after two failed updates and I've had to do this fairly often in the past, everyone suggesting that doing so is unlikely to help with whatever issue timothymh is experiencing might have terrific net connections. No, iOS won't allow the failed installs to run, but it won't let you retry AND keep your data either.
The only way to reinstall an app is by deleting the app and all it's data and then installing again. Unless you have a way to export/copy the data (for example: in app export/import, iTunes file transfer, DropBox/iCloud sync etc).
I would try to do a full backup and restore of the device to see if that fixes it for you (I don't know if all tricks known to man included this).
If your iPhone is jailbroken, you can delete the app's metadata and then re-install the app.
You can use SBSettings to find the app's path, then in iFile go to this directory and delete iTunesMetadata.plist. The App Store will no longer see the app as installed and you can re-install it and keep your data.
I had the same problem so I went to the app's store page thing and updated it from there