login iTunes App Store? You’re in luck, because Apple has released iTunes 12.6.3, an alternative version of iTunes that retains the ability iTunes App

App management via iTunes was a popular feature that was removed from iTunes 12.7.

in favor of managing apps directly on iOS devices instead.

Apple apparently released iTunes 12.6.3 as an alternative version.

because “certain business partners might still need to use iTunes to install apps.”

But even if you are not a “business partner” you can still download and install iTunes 12.6.3 and use the version.

of iTunes to manage apps with an iPhone or iPad connected through a Mac or Windows PC.

iTunes 12.6.3 is available to download for Mac and Windows users, and can be easily installed over iTunes 12.7. to regain the native iOS App Store functionality for improved iPhone and iPad app management.

Users who would like to have the iOS App Store functionality in iTunes on their computers again should download and install the alternative iTunes release.

The ease of installation prevents the need to downgrade iTunes 12.7 or fiddle with the somewhat hidden iTunes 12.7 method of transferring apps and ringtones to an iPhone or iPad.

Download iTunes 12.6.3 with iOS App Store Support

You can download iTunes 12.6.3 from the Apple support page, or using the direct download links below which point to the files directly on Apple servers:

Download iTunes 12.6.3 for Mac or Windows from Apple support here

Get iTunes 12.6.3 DMG for Mac

DIRECT DOWNLOAD: iTunes 12.6.3 for Windows, 32-bit

iTunes 12.6.3 for Windows PC, 64-bit

Choosing a direct download link will start the file download for iTunes 12.6.3 immediately.

The download is about 280 MB and can be installed like any other software onto a Mac or PC.

How to get the App Store back into iTunes

Accessing the App Store, apps, or Tones in iTunes 12.6.3 is basically the same as prior versions of iTunes.

here’s all that is necessary to get app management and the iOS App Store back in iTunes again:

Download and install iTunes 12.6.3 onto the computer, you can install it over iTunes 12.7 or a prior release version

Launch iTunes as usual
Select the pulldown menu in the upper left corner

Choose “Apps” or “Tones”

Under “Apps” you will find the app library, updates, and an ‘App Store’ option to be able to download apps directly into the App Store via iTunes again

If you connect an iPhone or iPad to iTunes 12.6.3 and select the device by clicking on the tiny little icon in the titlebar of the app.

you’ll also have direct access to apps and tones on the device through iTunes again as well.


How to get the App Store back into iTunes

Note: if you are having a problem with the “iTunes Library.

Itl” file after installing iTunes 12.6.3, quit out of iTunes and navigate to ~/Music/iTunes/ and backup the iTunes Library.

Itl file by renaming it, then open Previous iTunes Libraries/ and copy the most recent version of that iTunes file into the ~/Music/iTunes/ directory.

You can read full instructions on fixing iTunes Library.itl errors here.

Downloading and installing iTunes 12.6.3 also stops iTunes from asking the user to download any new versions.

so if you want to stay on iTunes 12.6.3 with the App Store, ringtones, and other features that are since removed from future versions, you can easily do so.

iTunes 12.6.3 supports all existing iPhone and iPad devices, and the release also supports the iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus.

meaning users of the newest model iPhone hardware will have full iTunes support without needing to bother with iTunes 12.7.

If you have been having difficulty adapting to the removal of the App Store in iTunes 12.7.

you’ll likely appreciate installing iTunes 12.6.3 and getting app management back again, so check it out.


alain smithee

September 20, 2018 at 8:36 am

Apple’s current attitude reminds me of the arrogant doctor that my insurance company requires.

me to see because he is the only doctor in my area that accepts my employer health insurance.

This doctor could be a B-movie stereotype because his attitude is “I am the doctor, you are the patient.

I am going to heal you!” and he refuses to listen to patient input.

If I didn’t need to triple-boot so that I could run Mac.

Windows, and Linux programs for my freelance work.

I would have switched to Linux a long time ago.

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