Edit on Oct 14th, 2014: Please don’t comment on this post with “I have this problem as well”-type statements. It’s known that a lot of users are experiencing this. Thanks.
Update on Oct 16th, 2014: I originally posted that this problem affects multiple firmware versions but it seems to be a problem with any devices still using iOS 7.x. I’ve corrected that in my post. I also added some information dispelling stupid rumours and misinformation about being charged to update apps using the workaround.
Update on Feb 19th, 2015: I’ve been meaning to mention this and it’s probably NOT something people want to read but I no longer have this problem after updating to iOS 8.1.
Update on September 20th, 2015: I had a similar problem a few days ago where I just couldn’t update but instead of a useless Update button, everything was showing “Open”. I wrote about how I solved it in this post: http://wp.me/p1PZkv-1LO
I am a victim of the mysterious anti-update problem that seems to affect iDevices — jailbroken or non-jailbroken — running any version of iOS 7 where tapping on the Update button from the Updates page will simply open the application. The Update All button is also greyed out despite the fact that I never turned on Automatic Updates.
As with many, this issue just happened all of a sudden. For me, everything worked as usual on October 9th and then, on the 10th, the App Store decided that the Update button should no longer work as intended. I have absolutely no idea what could have triggered the Store to behave in this fashion since I:
- didn’t change my device
- didn’t restore from a back-up
- didn’t upgrade my OS yet
- didn’t change my store password
- didn’t turn on Auto Updates or turn it off for the one account I have it on for
- didn’t change my wifi or router settings
- didn’t install or uninstall anything from Cydia
And the list goes on. There doesn’t seem to be a concrete answer as a Google search will pull up forum threads offering various solutions. Admittedly, those suggestions are mostly for the problem where apps become stuck in “update mode” where the little progress circle will never finish. Still, I figured I should give them a try anyway. Sadly, none of those suggestions worked. 😦
But I discovered the following while randomly looking to find alternate ways to update my apps! Here’s what I had to do. Incidentally, I have no idea if the App Store looks different or functions differently on iOS 8 since I’m still on an iteration of 7 due to me wanting to keep my jailbreak so I’m hoping these screencaps won’t confuse users on firmware other than 7. ^^;
Some people seem to be under the impression that they’re getting charged for updating apps they already own in this fashion. That is FALSE. You will NOT be charged again for a paid app just because you had to go to its info page and re-enter your login information to get the update. If in doubt, check your Purchase History for your Apple ID account in iTunes.
If you severe doubts about whether or not the app’s been updated, there are third party programs such as Plist readers and iOS file managers that can allow you to view the file titled “iTunesMetadata.plist” in your app to verify the app’s version number.
Here’s the plist file for TripList which shows that it’s up to date as of October 10th which was when version 4.02 went up on the store. This was viewed via the jailbroken app, iFile:
As noted in the comments below, there are other ways to go about updating apps.