YNAB Classic on iOS
For anyone still using (or going back to) YNAB4 and wanting the phone app, here is the latest status:
Based on this thread (granted it was a while ago):
The YNAB Classic app is still available on the App store. Although it is gone from the Google Play store, you can "side load" it (which you cannot do on iPhones).
After a LOT of purchase history searching and a nice chat with Apple Support who verified my purchase, they informed me that the app "has been modified or removed from the store" - i.e. it is NOT there any longer.
So - to the YNAB support team: if you really want people to have access to the YNAB Classic app, you'll need to put it UP on the store, not just depend on people having a backup from years past as redownloads are no longer working.
Hi Kroneg ! I'm going to move this over to our App Functions section of the forum, for a better fit.
Since we ended sales for YNAB Classic, the mobile app is no longer available for new downloads via the App Store. If you have downloaded the Classic app in the past, you can go to your Purchases page to re-download.
Did you originally purchase YNAB Classic (the program) in the Mac App Store, by chance? Is that the purchase Apple verified? If you never downloaded the mobile app, it won't be available.
If you did have the Classic mobile app at one point, I would suggest double checking the past purchases of other AppleID's (if you've used more than one), and to also check the Family Purchases section.Reply
Nicole Thanks for the reply. I did indeed check my past purchases and contacted Apple support.
They verified three things for me:
1) I did indeed purchase YNAB Classic on my Apple ID and download it to my prior phone
2) THAT VERSION of YNAB Classic is no longer available - even though it is a verified purchase
3) The version of YNAB Classic still available (via purchase history) is a newer version than the one I had
What appears to have happened:
a) users downloaded the YNAB app before the online version existed
b) YNAB created the online version, thus creating two app versions (regular and classic)
c) at that point in time, anyone who had already downloaded the "classic" version could still (re)download
d) at some future time, YNAB updated the YNAB Classic app (per info from Apple support)
Whatever the update was in d) above, it created a new "version" of the YNAB classic app (see 3 above). This new version was different enough that it counted as a separate app in Apple's opinion. Therefore, unless the user downloaded this NEW version of YNAB Classic, the app disappeared entirely from their available library.
If a user only had the original YNAB Classic, you cannot get it back.
If a user got the updated YNAB Classic before it disappeared from the store, they can still download it from their purchased history.
Unfortunately, I am in the first group. :(
So basically you didn’t bother to update the app or have automatic updates on in the approximately two years between when they launched the web companion app and when Apple forced removal of the Classic app from the store?
I understand that’s a frustrating mistake to have made, but that’s hardly YNAB’s fault. If you’d used YNAB at all during that period or had automatic updates turned on (which is smart from a security standpoint anyway), the app would’ve updated and it would be available.Reply
Not to be snarky, but it wasn't "didn't bother to update" - I had the app up and running until Jan 2017. Not sure when YNAB/Apple changed versions, but it was sometime between then and now. "Stuff happened" in my life around that time and I was offline for a while. Now I'm trying to get back into better tracking my finances and I find that, due to really bad timing, I cannot get the latest version of YNAB Classic. Other people have mentioned they cannot get it either and I researched "why". The response has always been to these people "it should be in your purchased history" - and my response is "for some of us, it isn't."Reply
Here is my billing/purchase history on my account:
I bought it on June 10, 2012.
Here is my purchase history on my phone where I can download prior purchased apps:
Notice anything? YNAB Classic is NOT available for download. I bought YNAB Classic, but I CANNOT download it. My original post above, followed by Apple support response, stated just this fact. Some users who did indeed buy the app cannot download it. Implying I am somehow not intelligent enough to download an app on my phone (yes, I know what PEBCAK means) is not helpful. I am pointing out this problem to show the YNAB folks that not everyone who HAD the YNAB Classic app can still get it. So, when someone is told "just get it from your purchase history" and they reply "I can't, it's not there", they might actually be telling the truth.
I've had all the versions over the years. (I paid $4.99 before it became free.) Looked at my Purchased apps and typed in ynab in the search window. I see three versions:
- YNAB (You Need A Budget) Oct 20, 2015 (my current version)
- YNAB Lite July 7, 2012 (the download is grayed out)
- YNAB Classic Jan 18, 2012. (Downloadable)