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With the launch of iTunes version 12.7, Apple removed app management feature to put more emphasis on music, TV shows and podcasts. Knowing how popular app management via the media library is, the tech giant has released iTunes 12.6.3 as an alternative version. Hence, you can get back App Store into iTunes to sync apps or ringtones to your iOS device as before.

iTunes 12.6.3 also supports iOS 11, iPhone 8/8 Plus and iPhone X. Once this version is installed, you won't get any future updates for it. Besides, Apple won't provide any technical support for it. What if you have already updated to 12.7 version? No problem, you can still install 12.6.3 version on your Mac or Windows PC.

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How to Access App Store in iTunes

How to Get Back App Store into iTunes

How to Download iTunes 12.6.3 on Mac or Windows PC

Go to Apple Support page and download iTunes 12.6.3 on your computer.

You can also use the direct links below to download iTunes 12.6.3 on your device quickly.

Once, the iTunes 12.6.3 downloaded on your Mac, click on Install iTunes.pkg

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Click on Install iTunes.pkg on Mac

Follow on-screen instructions.

How to install iTunes 12.6.3 on your Mac

How to get the App Store back into iTunes

Once you have downloaded the iTunes 12.6.3, you can access App Store, apps, or Tones in the same way as before.

Install iTunes 12.6.3 on Mac or Windows PC

Step #1. Launch iTunes and select pulldown menu located at the top left corner.

Step #2. Now, you have to select Apps.

Get Back App Store into iTunes

Step #3. Under “Apps,” you should see app library, updates as well as App Store option to let you download apps.

Bring Back App Store to iTunes

Now, you can connect your iPhone or iPad to iTunes → select the device and get the direct access to apps and tones of your device via iTunes.

In case, you get iTunes Library.itl Cannot Read Error

iTunes Library.itl Cannot Be Read

Refer the detailed guide with images to fix the issue.

Step #1. Delete the latest version of the iTunes and install the previous one.

Step #2. Press Command+Shift+G and type ~/Music/iTunes/

Step #3. Locate “iTunes Library.itl” and change it's name to “iTunes Library.old”

Step #4. Now, in the iTunes folder itself, open the folder “Previous iTunes Libraries.”

Step #5. Check out for the latest iTunes library file. i.e. “iTunes Library 2017-08-22.itl”

Step #6. Copy that file and paste it to different location.

Step #7. Go back to ~/Music/iTunes/ by pressing Command+Shift+G.

Step #8. Paste the file i.e. “iTunes Library 2017-08-22.itl” and rename it to “iTunes Library.itl.”

Step #9. Open the iTunes. It should wok fine now.

Wrapping up

What do you think of Apple's decision to remove App Store from iTunes 12.7? Share your feedback in the comments below.

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