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How To Identify Apps That Won't Work With IOS 11
- Jul 08, 2017 -

Apple's upcoming iOS 11 update promises a host of new features and enhancements. 

But one "improvement" that may cause trouble is the removal of support for 32-bit apps.

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In a nutshell, that means many of the existing apps on your iPhone or iPad won't work if you install iOS 11 after it's released this fall. 

But you can find out which of your apps won't work with Apple's updated mobile OS. Here's how you do it.


First, you may already have gotten a clue in iOS 10, the current version of Apple's mobile operating system. 

Have you noticed that when you try to run certain apps, you receive a warning that they may slow down your system? 

Yep, that's the tip-off that those are 32-bit apps and won't be compatible with iOS 11 unless the developer upgrades them to run in Apple's upcoming 64-bit-only playground.


In this case, we'll look at the entire list of apps that need to be upgraded to work in iOS 11. 

This process works the same whether you're using an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. On your iOS device, tap on Settings > General > About > Applications.


How to Identify Apps That Won't Work with iOS 11

The App Compatibility window displays a list of apps that won't work with iOS 11 unless updated. 

Apple tells you: "These apps may slow down your iPhone or iPad and will not work with future versions of iOS if they are not updated. 

If no update is available, contact the app developer for more information."


How to Identify Apps That Won't Work with iOS 11

If you don't see any apps listed here, then you're in a good spot, as it means all your apps are 64-bit and will work with iOS 11. 

Most people will probably see at least a few apps here. In my case, 337 apps were listed when I checked the compatibility list in July.


So, what can you do if some of your favorite apps are on the list? 

Well, make sure to install the latest updates for all your apps to see which ones get updated to 64-bit. 

Keep checking the App Compatibility list over time to see if the list gets pared down as more apps gets updated before iOS 11 is released in the fall.


If your favorite apps aren't being updated, you can try to contact the developer. In most cases, active developers should already know whether their apps will be compatible with iOS 11. 

In other cases, some may have abandoned older apps they no longer wish to support or update. 

To contact a developer, tap on the name of the app to open it in iTunes on your device. Scroll down the description of the app until you see an entry for developer website.


How to Identify Apps That Won't Work with iOS 11

Tap on that entry, and Safari should open to display the developer's website. 

Look for a form or page or email through which you can contact the developer. 

Then just fire off a note asking if the developer plans to update the app to 64-bit so it's compatible with iOS 11. 

Hopefully, most of your favorite apps will get the necessary update in the nick of time.

Check More: IOS 11: All The New Features, Tips And Guides