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  • [Review] Hide Unwanted App Store Updates With Update Hider for iOS 5

    Never be badgered to update an application on the App Store again.

    When an update for one of your applications comes out on the App Store, sometimes you install it immediately with thinking or sometimes you ignore it. There are the stubborn few who will only update applications when something big comes out, but there are a select few that won't update applications. Period. Just because the application already works for them and they don't want an update to ruin that for them. If you are either of these two kinds of people that doesn't like being bugged for App Store updates when you have no intention to update the application, then this tweak might be for you.

    It's called Update Hider for iOS 5 by iOS developer Will Homer and it puts a settings pane in your Settings application that allows you to hide certain application updates from the App Store. You can hide any of them, and make them appear again on demand. When you press the hide button in your Settings application and then go back to the App Store to load up the updates tab, you'll find to your surprise that the update is no longer showing up because you have hidden it. This means that the badge that plagues the App Store application icon disappears too.

    If you remember the original Update Hider, it was made for other firmwares but it would not work with iOS 5. Update Hider for iOS 5 has been completely rewritten to work with iOS 5. The major difference between the two is that in the iOS 5 version, updates must be hidden from the Settings application where in the previous versions updates must be hidden from the App Store application. For anyone used to the old version, this change might confuse you.

    One thing to note is that only the current update version of the application will be hidden. What this means is that if I have Angry Birds 1.0 installed and Angry Birds 1.1 comes out and I hide it, if Angry Birds 1.2 comes out then I will be able to see that update. It works like this so that if you inadvertently forget that you hid an update for an application, you can be reminded at the time that a new update is out so that you can once again decide if the update is worth downloading.

    Update Hider for iOS 5 is free in Cydia and is only compatible with iOS 5. All settings are configured from the Settings application and no icons are added to the home screen. The tweak works great as it was intended.

    Name: Update Hider for iOS 5
    Price: FREE
    Version: 1.0
    Repo: BigBoss
    Developer: Will Homer
    Editor's Rating:  5/5

    Will you be using Update Hider for iOS 5 to hide your App Store updates? Share in the comments.

    Sources: Will Homer
    This article was originally published in forum thread: [Review] Hide Unwanted App Store Updates With Update Hider for iOS 5 started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 13 Comments
    1. GmAz's Avatar
      GmAz -
      ...for when your pirated apps want to update, but you can't find an updated cracked app.
    1. jfreezy's Avatar
      jfreezy -
      Exactly!!
    1. rkswat's Avatar
      rkswat -
      Quote Originally Posted by GmAz View Post
      ...for when your pirated apps want to update, but you can't find an updated cracked app.

      Takes one to know one?

      I don't update some apps because the new version is crap.... this will come in handy.
    1. c0dy's Avatar
      c0dy -
      In my iDays, I've seen perfectly functional and stable apps turn into flaming balls of poo because of an update. Netflix and Facebook come to mind especially.
    1. Don Ju4n's Avatar
      Don Ju4n -
      I love how this tweak was originally created for another reason we cannot talk about here Thanks Will
    1. rickuk's Avatar
      rickuk -
      Fantastic app, allows me to hide the only update I never want to apply - that stupid new Twitter app, allowing me to stay on the old version that actually works
    1. macgirl3G's Avatar
      macgirl3G -
      I installed on my iPhone 4 and it works perfectly, I also installed on my iPad 1 but it doesn't work, all updatess are shown in the App Store app.
    1. qnc's Avatar
      qnc -
      Thanks Will for this I don't update often. I hate it when I get an app that I like then the the developer updates the app and you have relearn the app or it has a bug in it and you are waiting for an update. That is usually why i keep my old ipa's incase i hate an update.
      example the Google voice app that has been buggy after updates or another I bought words with friends and the paid version had just as many or more adds than the free app.

      Badges, I don't need any stinking badges.
    1. cypherstream's Avatar
      cypherstream -
      Perfect for DirecTv app for iPad! Wouldn't want to accidentally update before jailbreak protection fix is updated for the app. Talk about a never ending game of cat & mouse!
    1. Shad0wM0nk3y's Avatar
      Shad0wM0nk3y -
      Quote Originally Posted by c0dy View Post
      In my iDays, I've seen perfectly functional and stable apps turn into flaming balls of poo because of an update. Netflix and Facebook come to mind especially.
      So true...
    1. bcwyatt's Avatar
      bcwyatt -
      is there Hider Update for IOS 6 yet or another tweak that almost same out there... it seem one app in Apple Store is update for higher than 6.1. i don't want delete that game.
    1. ABOSWORTH's Avatar
      ABOSWORTH -
      Quote Originally Posted by c0dy View Post
      In my iDays, I've seen perfectly functional and stable apps turn into flaming balls of poo because of an update. Netflix and Facebook come to mind especially.
      So true.
    1. iH85CH001's Avatar
      iH85CH001 -
      Crashes the settings app on iPad mini 6.1.2. Please help/fix.