I read somewhere in iOS 6 you don't need to enter your Apple ID password for downloading free apps and updates to already installed apps. However I see that I am still being prompted for my Apple ID password. Is there any solution for this? Is this expected behavior?

  • I believe this only applies to updates. Installing an app still requires you to enter your password.
    – Jason
    Sep 25, 2012 at 0:56
  • Do you have any restrictions turned on? I get prompted for my password with updates in iOS6 as well, and assumed it was because of restrictions I've enabled.
    – Tony Meyer
    Sep 25, 2012 at 7:41
  • No, I don't have any restrictions turned on.
    – Pradeep
    Sep 25, 2012 at 17:39

2 Answers 2


No password is required for app updates in iOS 6, but you still have to enter your password to buy apps, even free ones.

  • Yet, I still need to enter the password to update when the app was downloaded with a different Apple ID.
    – gentmatt
    Apr 17, 2013 at 12:26

If you don't need an ID or password, anyone could download anything anywhere.
I would be worried if no password was required

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