We had some iPads donated that won’t update to iOS11. They’re fine for what we need but I really wanted to install iMovie on them. I thought this was a lost cause because I kept getting errors trying to install it since the latest version of iMovie requires iOS11 and the Apple ID I was using had not previously installed iMovie. Through a bit of research and some trial and error, I discovered that, yes, it IS possible to install a prior version of iMovie on these iPads!
Do you want to know how?
- Select iMovie from the App Store and Buy it. It will act like it is installing but it will fail. I got a message saying that iMovie could not be installed at this time.
- Go back into the App Store and into the Purchased options. Click on the Download icon for iMovie. You will get a message that says “Do you want to download the last compatible version? This version of iMovie is not compatible with this device.” Click Download and Voila! iMovie will install!!
I would love it if the App Store would just do this or prompt me when I first buy the app but at least there is a way to get it installed.