Want to Know Which Apps You have that will Not work with iOS 11? Here's how to find out.

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With iOS 11 abandoning all support for 32 bit devices and apps, people may be wondering what apps will and will not be supported. The official Apple article linked to above states: "As a reminder, new iOS apps and updates submitted to the App Store must support 64-bit. Support for 32-bit apps is not available in iOS 11 and all 32-bit apps previously installed on a user’s device will not launch." To that end, here's a quick way to determine what apps you have on your device that you will have to leave behind along with iOS 10 itself. This information is available with iOS 10.3 and later.

  1. Go to Settings.

  2. Go to General.

  3. Double Tap the About button.

  4. Scroll down/flick to the Applications button and double tap it. Note that if this just specifies how many apps are on your device, and there is no button available, this means all of your apps are up-to-date and you shouldn't lose support for them when upgrading. How well they will supported, however, remains to be seen when iOS 11 drops this fall. If you do have a button, double tap it.

  5. At the top of this page will be a heading called "compatibility" followed by a list of apps which contain a 64-bit update, and below that, a list of those apps you may have to let go if the developer doesn't update them.

At this time, there are a total of 22 apps on my phone which do not have 64-bit support. If you have apps in this category which you hope to be able to use with iOS 11, I highly encourage you to contact the developer of those apps.

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14 Comments

I'm in good shape for now but

I only have 3 apps listed that may not work after the update and they're all games that I don't play anyway, but is there a way for me to tell if I have a 32 or 64-bit phone? It's a 7 and when I bought it the person told me that it was 32-bit, but I've sense been told that there's the amount of space I have and then the processor speed or something, and I believe the 32-bit I have is the amount of space I have.

thanks!

Thanks Scott, I just bought this phone in February, and I didn't think it wasn't going to work quite yet but I'm glad to have it confirmed. I'd hate to think I needed a new phone so soon.

ap question

I followed the steps in this guide, removing two apps that haven't been updated in a year or so. However, I do have one question. After removing the old apps, which were ones I didn't use much, if at all, Ichecked my apps one more and didn't find any apps listed in the section for apps that won't work with the neeest ips when it comes out. Does this mean that all of my apps are 64 bit and ill they all work after I update my device?

I'm not following

I follow the steps to go to Settings/General/About, but I do not see an Applications button. I do see a listing that says I have 51 apps on my phone, but nothing happens when I try to tap it, other than hearing it is selected.

I have an iPhone 7, running 10.3.2

What am I doing wrong?

me to

I've jried this process too. With no results. It tells me how many apps I have, but nothing else.

If there isn't a button for apps

When there aren't any incompatible apps, there won't be a button to tap on, it'll just say apps and a number. After I removed my incompatible apps, the button went away.

Thank you CrockerBear

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I haven't been on the site since I last replied, but I'm glad you answered the question. I should have added that to the guide originally, but I will do that now.

Alchemy and petitioning Apple

I don't have any 32 bit apps to worry about. However, I have 1 app which is no longer supported and is very important to me. It is called Alchemy by Camel Audio. Apple bought the company some time ago and is using some of the technology in Garageband. But the app is no longer in the app store. I have had compatibility warnings about Alchemy for a few iOS updates by now. I have been able to continue to download and use it as it shows up in my list of purchased ced appps. But, I have no way to know if it will work at all in iOS 11. I may try the public 11 beta to find out. But, if it isn't going to work, I won't want to upgrade to 11 even though Apple forces us to. This is a deal breaker for me but I feel like a lone voice in the wilderness. Alchemy is probably one of the best examples of making a complex and challenging audio/midi/music performance/sound shaping/synthesis program easy to use with VoiceOver. It works much better than Garageband these days.
I guess I should join the developer team and get the beta and report to Apple. But, I need backup and support.

Any Alchemy users out there?

Bob

IOS 11 and iPhone 5S

A previous comment stated that anything after the iPhone 5 is a 64-bit iPhone. Does that include the iPhone 5S, or will I have to retire that phone in order to use IOS11? I was planning to upgrade this fall anyway, whenever the newest iPhone presents itself, but I was hoping that I could say when that would be, not the operating system.

Hi,

Hi,
Anything after the 5C is 64-bit. Meaning your 5S might work with iOS 11 in the fall. Don't quote me on iOS 11 and compatibility with older devices before iPhone 6, as I currently am not sure. It should, being the keyword work here.

Not a fun experience

I've had iDEVICES since 2011 and am a bit of an app junkie. So when I checked for incompatible apps, I found I had over a hundred! And removing them was easy but tedious. In the list of apps that appeared, if I double-tapped on one, I got its app store link or a notice that it was no longer in the app store. The apps seemed to be sorted by the date I'd originally acquired them.
So I had to go to Settings-General-Storage-Manage Storage-Apps, and here's a list sorted by size. I had to find each app, and confirm that it was indeed OK to remove the app and its data. Unfortunately since both screens were part of settings, I couldn't use the app switcher to toggle between them. This was extremely annoying because I couldn't select the names of the apps either and stick them in a note.

I ended up using voice memos to record voiceover reading the list of incompatible apps. Then I'd listen to a bit of the recording, app switch back to the screen where I could actually delete apps and do a few at a time.

Seems like Apple could have made this process easier, like allowing you to check all the 32-bit apps you no longer wanted and then choosing delete.

Maybe iOS 11 has a provision for this, I sure hope they add that feature. I left 3 32-bit apps on the device just to see. Twitterific will actually be the only one I miss.

you will not have to leave twitterific behind

Hi to the last poster. After reading your post, I decided to check my phone for any 32 bit apps that I need to get rid of. All of my apps seem to be 64-bit, and I'm happy to report that if you decide to upgrade, you will not have to say goodbye to twitterific, which is the best twitter client out there.

alchemy

buy logic or stick with iOS ten indefenatly my fello poster.