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How do you update apps from multiple country App Stores in iTunes 11.0.3?

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May 23, 2013 2:19 PM

The new app update interface in iTunes 11.0.3 has some nice features, but is broken if you own apps bought from multiple country App Stores or multiple iTunes accounts.


OK, drilling down into updates is a little cumbersome. You must click on "Apps" on the lefthand side; then the "Updates" tab up the top, and then the "Update All Apps" button in the bottom righthand corner.


But if you own apps from more than one App Store, then you are really stuffed! The "Update All Apps" might update some of the apps, but as soon as it gets to one from the "other" (not logged-in) App Store, it will stop work and up pops a dialog box: "Account Not In This Store: Your account is not valid for use in the [logged-in country] store.  You must switch to the [other not logged-in] store before purchasing."


The "Update All Apps" process stops and doesn't download any more apps from the logged-in store and you must manually work out which apps are available in the logged-in store and right-click and select "Update App" from the pop-up menu. Then you have to login to the other store and do the same thing.


iTunes should keep on going and try updating all the apps in the logged-in store, just like 11.0.2 and earlier did.


Does anybody have a solution?

OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.3), iTunes 11.0.3
  • justinrheintz Calculating status...

    The 11.0.3 update also doesn't play nicely with other accounts from the same country. Keeps throwing errors like "You can not update this software since you have not owned the major version of this software". This is extremely annoying as I have 3 different iTunes accounts. I remember iOS used to have this issue when iOS 5 first came out (or maybe iOS 6.0), I hope Apple fixes this really soon.

  • feryana Calculating status...

    This is a very annoying issue. Because I live and work in different countries and also travel very frequently I find useful apps in different Itunes Stores and therefore keep few Itunes account to download/update them.

    When Apple will start behaving like a truly international company and allow to link different accounts/countries to a single user?

  • alienista Calculating status...

    We have to click on EVERY app and remembering the country tell iTunes to update that app. With 360 apps gets really hard!

  • BiOgErM Calculating status...

    11.0.3 is really a stupid update. I was forced to "authorize" three accounts to my mac in turns and type password for i-don-know-how-much times. I got extremely tired of doing this in the end and start to remove apps that i got from store other than the U.S one.


    To @Apple: this update will be harming app developers since you can see what I was doing with my repo - removing.


    And again, it is really stupid update after all.

  • chaofromBJ Calculating status...

    Just saw this one. Am having same problem. It is really a stupid update. It should've done the right thing as what's in iOS. Not only did it fail, it even kill a PASS level funtion.

  • amelkoumov Calculating status...



    thanks for bringing this to surface. I have the exact same issue. I have iTunes accounts in Canada, U.S.A, and Russia. I am extremely frustrated with the way they changed the Update process and how it doesn't keep in mind users who have more than 1 international account.


    Before, when I pushed Update, it would only download all the apps from the single iTunes store account at a time, and then I would login with my other accounts to download the remaining updates to the specific iTunes store account. I found this to be cumbersome but still a much better alternative to what we have now. Whenever I have apps that are from different stores, I get continous pop-ups to sign in to the other store and it freezes my downloads until I do so. Meaning it doesn't skip it and move on to the other updates for the same iTunes store account. I have hundreds of apps so this is quite annoying. I have to literally sit in front of my computer for a good 15 minutes to make sure all goes well. And I update my apps every other day or so.


    Solution: Create a single-sign which is permanently saved for all of your iTunes store accounts. Get iTunes to figure out which apps are from which store by itself and update them accordingly without my approval.



  • mozartus Calculating status...

    Yes Apple you gotta fix this!!!!!!!!!



  • 4v4l0n42 Calculating status...

    Extremely annoying indeed.


    I started with an account in Italy (Italian store then), but I travel extensively and now I'm in the US for some time. I have a $100 gift card for the Mac Store, which of course I can't redeem unless I switch to a US account, in which case I'll lose all my previous apps and syncronisation.


    This is beyond annoying, it's nonsensical.


    Apple, fix this, there's thousands of us in the same exact situation. Don't you realise we are global citizens? One should be able to link different stores to the same profile and seamlessly connect and sync all of the apps/purchases.

  • mozartus Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    just create an US account

    you can use both on the same Mac or iphone ... this is not the problem


    the problem discussed here only concerns the bug when updating apps in iTunes from different accounts ... but it also works kind of


    but as I said:

    using apps from different accounts (from different countries) on Mac or iphone is not a problem at all

  • BigMFXXL Calculating status...

    Fix it please!


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