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Cancel iOS App Updates Mid-Download With CancelUpdate

How many times have you found yourself regretting an iOS app update? Previously, there was no quick and easy way to cancel one before its completion once started, resulting in apps that are either forever stuck in the ‘updating…’ phase until you get access to a stable internet connection, or, in some odd cases, updated to less functional versions – such as when YouTube restricted certain features of FoxTube/Jasmine for iOS. Thankfully, we have come across a method to quickly undo the update operation,  thanks to Cydia tweak CancelUpdate by Plipala. Check it out after the jump.

There are two situations where CancelUpdate will come in use.

The first is when you start an app update on a wonky internet connection. This has happened with yours truly numerous times; I check the App Store to find new update for my favorite apps, and tap ‘update all’ before realizing my Internet connection is really unstable or that I’m heading out from my Wi-Fi coverage area to GPRS/EDGE-only outdoors. Because of this, the apps being updated remain stuck in an unwelcome limbo until I connect to a stable, high-speed connection. It feels worse when it happens with crucial apps like Pocket, Drafts, Mailbox etc. that one needs to use offline.

In the second situation, you forget to read the changelog for the updated version, assuming that the developer added new features and fixed old bugs. It is only later when you come across issues that you read up online to find that said update actually reduces the app’s functionality! This has happened regularly in recent times, especially with YouTube and Twitter apps, which have to deal with strict API policies.

Both situations can be resolved with CancelUpdate. While your app is updating, you can tap and hold its icon to go into ‘jiggle mode’, from where you can tap on the ‘X’ in the top left corner to cancel the update. You can see it in action below:


CancelUpdate is a one-trick pony of a jailbreak tweak, and we like it that way. There are no settings to configure, or an app icon to tuck away in an ‘Extras’ folder; just install it, and it will add its functionality to the OS right away.

You will, of course, need to be on a jailbroken iOS device to use this tweak. If you haven’t broken your device free from Apple’s shackles yet, follow our post on how to jailbreak iOS 6 untethered.

CancelUpdate is available as a free download from Cydia under BigBoss repo. Be sure to let us know what you think about it by leaving a comment below.

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