If you accidentally hit the update on an app, and want to cancel it, Apple doesn’t offer any way to do that. After all, this isn’t an usual download in Safari, right. But what if you really want to cancel that update?
CancelUpdate is a new Cydia tweak that’s aimed precisely at this. CancelUpdate lets you cancel an update for an app by pressing the ‘x’ button on the app that comes up when you long-press the home button.
By default, when an app is being updated, you don’t get the ‘x’ button in the jiggle mode. This prevents you from doing anything to the app that’s being updated. This was done as a usability measure based out of Apple’s philosophy: the company wants you to use the latest version of apps so when you’ve chosen to update, there’s no reason to go back.
But there are some downsides to this.
#1. What if the updated version of the app is actually causing problems?
#2. What if you weren’t intending to update the app but accidentally hit it?
#3. What if you realize that the app is downloading/updating on 3G but you want to save the data usage and stop the app update process?
This is where CancelUpdate comes up. At its core, it just adds the ‘x’ icon and the ability to stop an update in progress.
Once installed, there’s nothing to tweak. If you want to cancel an update, just long-press the home button till the apps are in jiggle mode with the ‘x’ labels. On the app whose update you want to cancel, just tap the ‘x’. You’ll be shown an alert asking you to confirm the cancel action.
CancelUpdate is a free tweak available on the BigBoss repo.