iTunes 12.7 removed the iOS app store, which meant you
couldn’t buy or manage your iPhone and iPad apps when your
devices are connected to your Mac. Some people don’t like it,
and if you really don’t want to change your ways, there’s a
workaround: You can install iTunes 12.6.3 and get back access
to the iOS app store.
There is a catch, though. Apple provides support only for the
latest version of iTunes, which means that iTunes 12.6.3 is not
supported by the company and you can’t get technical support if
you need it.
iTunes 12.6.3 was originally released to address the needs of
businesses and enterprise customers that prefer the app
management method built into iTunes prior to version 12.7.
You can learn more about iTunes 12.6.3 by reading Apple’s
How to install iTunes 12.6.3
If you’ve already installed iTunes 12.7, you can run the
installer for version 12.6.3 and it will replace version 12.7.
But there are a few additional steps you need to perform to get
12.6.3 to work.
If you are using iTunes 12.6.2, you don’t have to upgrade to
Click the link below to download iTunes 12.6.3 for Mac.
Here are the instructions to installing iTunes 12.6.3 over
- After downloading the installer, double click the disk
image file called iTunes12.6.3.dmg. (It should be in your
Downloads folder, or whatever folder you’ve designated as the
- In the window that opens, you can read the Read Before You
Install iTunes document. Double-click on Install iTunes to run
- As you navigate through the installer, you’ll need to enter
your user password to proceed. The installation takes a few
- When the installer finishes, it will ask if you want to
move it to the Trash. Click Move to Trash. After that, you’ll
find iTunes 12.6.3 in your Applications folder.
How to fix the ‘iTunes Library.itl’ problem with iTunes 12.6.3
If you had iTunes 12.7 and want to replace it with iTunes
12.6.3, there are a few more steps you need to do. You have to
reassign the library that iTunes uses, because iTunes doesn’t
like it when you are using a previous version to access a
library created by the current version. You’ll see the message
below. Click Quit. Do not click Download iTunes, because this
will download iTunes 12.7.
Here’s how to fix it.
- Go to your Applications folder and look for the iTunes
icon. Hold down on the Option key while you double-click
- You should see the message above. You can click Create
Library, and this will make a brand-new library. If you click
Choose Library, you might be able to access an older library,
like the one you had before installing iTunes 12.7. You can
click on Choose Library, and it should automatically take you
to your iTunes folder; if not, you’ll find it in your Music
folder. You may have a folder called Previous iTunes Libraries
(see below). Open that folder, and then look for a recent .itl
file. Select it can click Open. If it’s not the library you
want, you can redo these steps and select a different .itl
- After you select your library file (or create a new one),
iTunes will launch and you’ll find the iOS app store, as well
as the sections to organize your iOS apps.