I have recently acquired a first-gen iPod touch updated to iOS 3.3. I'm having trouble installing apps from iTunes as it appears most require iOS 4 and above. So far I have managed to find two games that are still compatible with iOS 3. Not even the Facebook app will install! iTunes says I have the latest iOS available installed.

Is there a way to force install iOS 4? Otherwise, is there a third party repository of older apps I can install from (obviously after jailbreaking)?


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You can use iOSSearch, a free tool to find apps in the iTunes store which are compatible with iOS 3.1.3. This is a non-commercial page I made.

Note: the app store has recently been updated to allow downloads of last compatible versions but it appears that this only provides apps which are compatible with iOS 4.


You can install whited00r so you can have an app market with all the iOS 3 compatible apps! It also lets you use multitasking, wallpaper and all the things only newer iPhones/iOS versions have. (http://www.whited00r.com/)

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    Welcome to Ask Different, Chris! Thanks for your answer! Can you please add a link to the software you mention in your answer? It is always helpful to add a link to help the OP to find the right software. Thank you.
    – daviesgeek
    Jul 8, 2012 at 15:05
  • I have tried to install Whited00r but it keeps failing about half way through. Do I have to jailbreak first? I tried some of the other tools they had to help flash but they didn't work either. Aug 18, 2012 at 17:08

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