Keep your apps up-to-date with Auto App Updater

By , Mar 30, 2013

auto app updater

I’m on my iPhone all throughout the day, so when an update for an app pops up, I usually grab it right away. On my iPad, however, it’s a different story. Sometimes I’ll go a couple of days without using it, and the updates tend to pile up.

For those of you with a similar problem, you’ll be happy to hear that there’s a jailbreak tweak called Auto App Updater that can automatically install your updates for you. So you’ll never have to worry about installing them manually again…

Auto App Updater was written by a developer named Noppers, and it’s essentially your standard tweak. There’s no app icon, as all of the package’s options are configured from the Settings app. And you can pretty much set it and forget it.

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Those options include an Enable toggle—which I’ve said every tweak should have, a menu to set the amount of time between updates, a handy ‘Update on WiFi only’ toggle, and an app list so that you can enable auto updates on a per-app basis.

I played around with the tweak a little bit last night, and so far it seems to work great. It installed two app updates—one during the hourly scan I set up, and one by me pressing the convenient ‘Update Now’ button—and I didn’t notice any issues.

My only reserve about Auto App Updater is that there are some app updates that shouldn’t be installed (the recent Chrome fiasco comes to mind). But if the reward outweighs the risk for you, you can find the tweak in ModMyi’s repo, for $2.99.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mohammed-Jameel/100003062583702 Mohammed Jameel

    every 30 minutes ?! << battery killer! =(

    • RarestName

      Set it to 24 hours then, silly.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mohammed-Jameel/100003062583702 Mohammed Jameel

        thank you , smart!

  • http://www.facebook.com/r99t9r Robert Stress Schlackowski

    Is it really worth $2,99? Hmmm…

    • http://twitter.com/pitermach peter machacz

      I don’t think so. This functionality is built into the Play store on Android and it’s free, so I really don’t think I should have to pay for it on my iPod.

      • http://www.facebook.com/tommy.latsch Tommy Latsch

        That’s apples doings of why its not built into iOS somebody created a tweak so it should be worth something. I say it should have been 1.99

    • http://www.facebook.com/tommy.latsch Tommy Latsch

      I didn’t really like the price point either. But it’s been something I have been looking for. I barely go into the AppStore so the updates would pile up. It’s also iPad friendly so the fact that I can use it on both its worth it to me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/soto619 David Soto

    Finally I’ve been waiting for this tweak since the jailbreak. It’s one of those android feature that I wish iOS had too.

  • RarestName

    Upcoming feature: battery level check

  • Kurt

    I still enjoy reading what the updates entail. Its nice to see good features. I sometimes won’t update if it’s a large app and it says “minor bug fixes” I’ll let it sit there till the next update or update when I’m not going to use my iPhone/iPad

    • Falk M.

      My OCD kills me when I see badge counts.

      Other than that, I completely agree. Before I apply an update I need to read the changelog, especially as iOS is a bitch about downgrades. Oh boy…
      Top that off with the few mission critical apps that I will only update after reading what people say about the update.

      • Kurt

        I’ve had it happen a few times that the dev tells you not to update. Because of a bug that causes the app to crash/not function. Since they realize the problem after the updated
        App has been submitted and approved by apple.

      • Falk M.

        Exactly.
        You can read that a lot in change logs on the App Store.

  • Joonyaboy

    Love this tweak. Been waiting for awhile for something like it since I have over 400’apps installed

  • http://www.facebook.com/kiefferbp Brian Kieffer

    Although there are good reasons for it, it’s a shame that this only works on 6.1+. My iPad 3 is still on 5.1.1 since LI5 does not work on the iPad, so I will not be able to use this on it. I did buy it and it works fantastically on my iPhone 5.

  • http://twitter.com/TwoWeeksOff TwoWeeksOff

    I think about it like this: $3.00 for something I can/have to do myself….I’ll pass.

  • air naji

    How you do you guys run so many cydia tweaks on your device ? My iPhone 5 crashes randomly all the time. I had to delete so many tweaks because of that.