iPad How to remove old versions of updated apps?

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  1. Oliver

    Oliver Well-Known Member

    hi :)

    my Mobile Applications folder is filled with old version of updated apps, with a total of 4GB. How can I free this space? Can I safely delete older version of an app with taking the modification date as a trigger, so that I only keep the "current" version?

    Bye
     
  2. D.Sync

    D.Sync Well-Known Member

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    Isn't it deleted automatically (sent to recycle bin) once you download an update? Mine work like this.
     
  3. Fleabag323

    Fleabag323 Well-Known Member

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  4. Oliver

    Oliver Well-Known Member

    Maybe it's because Apple changed the file names in one of these hundred iTunes updates. Prior they just increased a number and now they add the real version number. Therefore I now have a mixture in this directory:

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  5. D.Sync

    D.Sync Well-Known Member

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    That's pretty weird. I don't have such problem. I'm using Windows though.
     
  6. yourofl10

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    windows suck
     
  7. iGewappnet

    iGewappnet Well-Known Member

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    This is indeed weird - unless you have still 2.0. Since 2.1 only the latest version is kept.

    If you are still on the historic version 2.0 (why?), then you could safely delete the old versions. I did this in those days and never got problems.
     
  8. Oliver

    Oliver Well-Known Member

    I'm on 2.2. Look like iTunes won't remove the old stuff.

    No other one with this problem? ;)
     
  9. brewstermax

    brewstermax Well-Known Member

    I would write down all the apps that you have and delete the folder. Redownload for free.
     
  10. spiffyone

    spiffyone Well-Known Member

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    Hmm. I don't have that problem either. Anytime an update occurs, the older version automatically gets sent to the recycle bin.
     
  11. istopmotion

    istopmotion Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, usually when I update an app, the old version gets sent to the trash and I empty it. The latest version stays though, so I don't know what could've caused that.
     
  12. brewstermax

    brewstermax Well-Known Member

    This is odd, I usually have to fetch an older version out of the Trash if I need an old one. Except for Air Sharing (which just adds a different copy everytime) everything updates and overwrites/trashes the old copy fine.
     
  13. iGewappnet

    iGewappnet Well-Known Member

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    And you have the latest iTunes (8.0.2)? Then delete the old app versions and maybe the normal behavior will be restored.
     
  14. brewstermax

    brewstermax Well-Known Member

    Some apps do rename the file everytime, so that could be part of the issue.
     
  15. starjimstar

    starjimstar Well-Known Member

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    iTunes used to archive old versions for me, but these days I find they are trashed after an update. I kind of liked saving previous versions in case, say, Lightsaber one day changes into a stupid ad campaign. I made sure to archive an older version of Shazaam recently when I noticed the intention to introduce ads with an update.

    Anyhoo, I am getting off the topic...
     
  16. mrkgoo

    mrkgoo Well-Known Member

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    I think it has more to do with a newer iTunes rather than a newer OS for iPhone. Keep in mind that these normally come together. Prior to around 2.1, iTunes would keep every single version, simply adding a number onto the file. Now, it records the version number, and dumps the prior older one. Any you downloaded before it used this system would still be there. I think it is safe to delete older versions - just 'get info' on the apps in iTunes, find out which version is the current one, and dump all the others.
     
  17. Oliver

    Oliver Well-Known Member

    Did a small test with Cube Runner, which I don't have on my iPhone, but in iTunes.

    I deleted nothing, but just redownloaded it with iTunes and then clicked on "Show in Finder". It jumps to the new file, with is named "Cube Runner 1.2". I then synced my iPhone, to see whether iTunes recognizes this as "new" and wants to put it on my iPhone, but it behaved correctly, i.e. it did not put Cube Runner on my iPhone.

    As a next step I removed the old files and restarted iTunes and resynct the iPhone again.

    Worked perfectly.

    So it's really just this:

    1. Redownload, so that you get a file with a filename using the new name scheme.
    2. Delete all old files.

    So far, it's a bummer that Apple "forgot" that and I have to do it manually, but I will go through all apps which I have not on my iPhone during the next days and remove the old versions off the file system.

    Current size of the Mobile Applications folder: 4,26GB, 579 files.
     
  18. Oliver

    Oliver Well-Known Member

    Finally done. Now: 223 files, 2,15 GB.
     

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