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Thread: Can't download app updates
04-03-2012, 12:19 PM #1Can't download app updates
Iphone 4 CDMA - iOS 5.1 Tethered Jailbreak.
Starting to think a jailbreak on iOS 5 is more hassle then what it was worth. Never had any problems with my 3gs & iOS 4.
Anyway, today I've started getting a "Unable to download "xxx" app" then have two choices to either retry or done. I can download new apps fine from the app store. Have been able to delete all of the "update" apps and redownload fresh from the app store and it works.
The only thing I've found online was to check the permissions of the download directory with iFile. I've done that and both are mobile/mobile. As far as I can tell that's the only fix I've found. And normally that seems to be the problem for most people. Anyone have any ideas on what else I can try?
04-03-2012, 08:59 PM #2
post a picture of the error and we can get a better idea of which direction to go to for a solution
04-04-2012, 08:12 AM #3
Now if I delete the app and redownload from scratch it works just fine. Only does it when updating apps.
04-04-2012, 08:25 AM #4
I had this happen once, I had to restore and rejailbreak.
04-04-2012, 02:48 PM #5
I think what's happening is maybe something you installed, either through cydia or appstore or elsewhere tried to changed the permissions for the Downloads folder located in /var/mobile/Media/
The Downloads folder may be set to "root", when it should be set to "mobile"
Now here's a technique you can try
Use ifile and go to that location and change the permission of the "Downloads" folder in the "Owner" from "root" to "mobile"
then try to download again and see if it works
04-05-2012, 06:41 AM #6
04-08-2012, 11:06 AM #7
I just updated to 5.1 with tethered jailbreak (+ bigboss semitether) and first thing I noticed is the apps not updating. Even when downloaded in iTunes and synced to the phone, they don't update : they still appear in the "updates" section of the App Store app.
Deleting and installing the new version works, and of course if you know how to get to the app's data files and back them up before deleting, you can restore your game progress etc... but still, it's a big problem with jailbroken ios 5.1.
04-08-2012, 12:39 PM #8
04-08-2012, 05:02 PM #9
Oh, I noticed the failed updates eat up a lot of space on the phone, I currently have 58MB left, I reboot the phone, and BOOM : I now have 719MB left.
That's if you haven't already deleted the apps (along with their data). You can still find the deleted data with iphone backup extractor, digging into your sync archives.
04-12-2012, 12:51 PM #10
Here's hope : I restored my iphone 4 entirely, reinstalling iOS 5.1 from scratch, then restoring the data from my iTunes backup, and then jailbreaking with Redsnow. Now the app updates work !
So if you can't update your apps on iOS 5.1 with jailbreak, the updates don't work, the app updates fail... try restoring in iTunes !
04-13-2012, 07:43 AM #11
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