Install the latest compatible version of an app on an earlier version of iOS or OS X

Because each major release of iOS and OS X includes new features, many apps will release new versions that take advantage of these features. Some apps also offer earlier, compatible versions for customers using earlier operating systems. If you bought an app and want to install it on a device that doesn't have the latest operating system, you can try to download the latest compatible version.

You might want an earlier, compatible version of an app if you don't have the latest operating system on all of your devices. For example, if you have Pages on your iPhone with iOS 8, you might want an earlier, compatible version for your iPad with iOS 7.

Here's what you need to download an earlier version of an app:

  • iOS 4.3.3 or later on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
  • OS X Mountain Lion or later on your Mac

To download an earlier version of an app, follow these steps:

  1. Open the App Store or Mac App Store.
  2. Go to the Purchased screen on your iOS device or the Purchases tab on your Mac.
  3. Find the app and choose Download. You'll see a message telling you if a compatible version is available. Tap Confirm to install this version.

If a compatible version isn't available, you can try contacting the app developer. Look for contact information on the app's product page in the App Store or Mac App Store. 

When a new version is available, you can update your operating system anytime. Find out how to get the latest version of iOS or OS X.

Important: Information about products not manufactured by Apple is provided for information purposes only and does not constitute Apple’s recommendation or endorsement. Please contact the vendor for additional information.
Last Modified: Sep 17, 2014
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