I got a bought app (i.e. not a free one - be it given to me, bought by me or gifted, I don't know). It works great. Then some update for it comes along with many other updates for other apps. I press "update all" and every time this one app gives me a notification that I need to buy it because it's a new major version or whatever. Well, I don't want to do it, it works fine the way it is (probably because I was still in iOS 3.1.3)!

So, how can I just remove the future updates from the list? If there is any way to do it, that is.

P.S.: Now I upgraded to iOS 4, the app stopped working and I decided to just delete it along with another couple of apps which had a similar issue.

  • that is very interesting - can you give the name of the app that behaves like that? have never seen AppStore giving such warnings, is this the case of the app when you start it saying you need to go and buy it under another name? AFAIK in app store once purchased an app, it's updates are always free!
    – Nas Banov
    Apr 14, 2011 at 0:42
  • @Nas I should have said the name before, but I don't think it really matters. I can't recall, it was a GPS info app that brought detailed information about GPS location. Eventually I got a better one and deleted the annoying one. As for the couple of other apps, heck, I don't think I even used them! :P - But I bet this issue was because it was added into my iPhone through my brother iTunes, on his account. He bought it on his account and added to my phone.
    – cregox
    Apr 14, 2011 at 1:31

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You don't get charged for app upgrades on iOS. You only get notification for free updates.

  • Maybe it has to do with the fact this app was purchased by someone and given to me?
    – cregox
    Dec 29, 2010 at 18:17
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    Granted, I've never gifted or received a gifted app, but I don't think so. Even paid apps that I delete if I "purchase" them again later it says "you already bought this, so it's free". iOS won't prompt you for any upgrades that you have to pay for.
    – bahamat
    Dec 29, 2010 at 18:30
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    a gifted app is linked to the account of the person it was given to after they use the redeem code in the email that is sent to them from the person giving the gift. it sounds like the app was put on your phone from another person's computer and the app was purchased by them and therefore linked to their account.
    – Ryan Sharp
    Dec 29, 2010 at 20:20
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    @Ryan, yes. I never said it was a "gifted app". It was put on my phone from another computer and purchased by them, and it is linked to their account. So you think that's the issue?
    – cregox
    Dec 29, 2010 at 23:02
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    Sorry, I assumed when you said "given to me" you meant using the iTunes "gift this" button, not just straight copied. In that case I would suggest you either delete it, pay for it or stop complaining.
    – bahamat
    Dec 30, 2010 at 1:19

It is possible you had run into whatever is described here (the comment 9:09AM on 3-05-2010 and further): http://www.tuaw.com/2010/03/04/paid-app-upgrades-coming-to-app-store/2#comments

So seems clear iPhone checks the installed apps vs iTunes store but when you click update all and it asks for the updated app, iTunes says "nuh-uh! you did not purchase this one, i am not signing/certifying bundle for you"

  • This is what happens, but on the device itself - not on iTunes. Now the question persists... How to disable those warnings? What if I just don't want to update / upgrade?
    – cregox
    Apr 16, 2011 at 20:42

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