How to Fix “This app is no longer shared with you” Error on iPhone & iPad

May 24, 2020 - 14 Comments

Fix App No Longer Shared with You iPhone and iPad Error

Some iPhone and iPad users have discovered a curious “This app is no longer shared with you” error message when trying to use some apps own their devices. For some users the error is apparently random, but for others it is showing up after updating apps, or after updating their system software to iOS 13.5, iPadOS 13.5 and iOS 12.4.7.

The error message appears as a pop-up dialog when attempting to use the app, and then trying to use the App Store to correct the problem fails, resulting in an endless loop and an unusable application.

If you’re experiencing the “This app is no longer shared with you. To use it, you must buy it from the App Store” error message, you can easily resolve it with the instructions below.

How to Fix “This app is no longer shared with you” iPhone / iPad Error

The solution is rather simple albeit slightly annoying; offload the app and then reinstall it, or removing the app and reinstalling it. Offloading apps is preferable for most users since it allows app data and logins to be preserved, so that’s what we’ll focus on here.

  1. Open the “Settings” app
  2. iOS Settings Icon

  3. Choose “General” in settings
  4. Select “iPhone Storage” (or “iPad Storage”)
  5. Locate the app showing the error message in the list and tap on it
  6. Choose “Offload App” and confirm you wish to offload the app from the iPhone or iPad
  7. Offload app on iPhone or iPad

  8. Wait a few moments for the app to offload and be removed from the device, then at the same screen choose “Reinstall App”

Repeat this process with any other apps displaying the “This app is no longer shared with you. To use it, you must buy it from the App Store” error dialog popup.

This app is no longer shared with you fix

And no, you do not have to buy the app again, assuming you already owned it in the first place anyway.

This process essentially removes the app from the iPhone or iPad, then reinstalls the app again. Because we’re focusing on using the “Offload” method rather than deletion, the apps data remains intact. You can certainly use the standard app deletion process instead if you’d prefer to, but any app data within the app itself will be lost in that process, which means things like logins, passwords, saved games, etc would be lost.

Note that you can also experience this error message when using family sharing, but for the vast majority of users with the problem at the moment that is not the case, suggesting it’s a bug or some other hiccup in service. Occasionally issues like this happen with no particular fault or reason, and sometimes they happen after software updates, changes to App Store settings or payment info like the Verification Required error, or even completely at random.

Did you experience the “This app is no longer shared with you” error message when using some apps on iPhone and iPad after updating system software? Did the above trick work to resolve the issue for you? Did you find another solution? Share your experiences with us in the comments below.


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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks, Troubleshooting


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  1. Amy M says:

    I got this error just now on the Dictionary Pro app, followed the directions to offload but when I went to re-upload, it would not allow it, got another error saying I needed to buy the app. I bought this app several years ago and also paid for ALL its upgrades; I am definitely not buying it again! If anybody comes up with an OS for tablets/phones that is NOT Apple or Google, I am getting it for sure. Bring back Blackberry please, or maybe some enterprising soul can make one using Linux… anything that *works* and does not spy on its users. Is that really too much to ask?

  2. Dad says:

    Trying to fix this error for Minecraft on my 8 year old’s device since I just set up family sharing. Won’t resolve the issue if I offload or full on delete. Are there other potential solutions? Looking everywhere and can’t find other possible fixes…

  3. Khufu says:

    I’m trying to update my game here and this happened, maybe it’s because i just updated to ios 14, apparently it’s still didn’t let me in the game after a day, i’m trying to offload it but nothing changes, then deleted the game entirely and re-download, still not work, it keep saying the app is no longer shared with me, excuse me but, f*** apple

  4. Issac says:

    Happened to me a couple weeks ago with the Youtube app, I deleted and reinstalled to resolve the issue.

  5. Imre says:

    Happened with FB app. I completely deleted it from the phone and reinstalled it again, it solved the problem. Quite annoying bet fortunately easily resolvable.

  6. Ina says:

    I thank you it worked for it was my Facebook and amazon!!

  7. John M says:

    It was happening to me on my iPhone running 13.4.1 with Facebook only, so far. I deleted the app and reinstalled. That did the trick. It’s alarming at first, I thought I was being scammed.

  8. Richard Sizemore says:

    My spouse simply held he finger in the app, erased /deleted it – then reloaded via the AppStore app. Worked fine.

  9. Hans says:

    Yep, same here, but only with an iPhone8 running IOS 13.4 with the Facebook app.
    Resolution solved the issue. But how could it appear in the first place? Any ideas?

  10. Mike Pass says:

    Wow! You guys rock! I had this happen just a few days ago. Only thing I could think of was to delete and reinstall the app. Forgot all about offloading. Happened with YouTube and Pandora apps. I thought it was something sinister. Guess I was just skittish from the COVID tracking ability in iOS 13.5.

  11. Taro John says:

    My wife’s iPhone had this problem with Facebook app after iOS update.
    Thanks – that Suggestion did the trick

  12. Jay in DC says:

    This happened to me on my iPad after updating to 13.5 with Zoom. Before encountering this article, I finally deleted Zoom and reinstalled it. Problem solved!

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