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How to deal with Apple’s App Store vape purge

November 15, 2019
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As of this morning, more than 180 apps related to vaping were banished from the iOS app store. The newly absent apps include those used to set temperatures and times on high tech, app-connected vaporizers like the Pax 3 and DaVinci IQ. 

If you have a vaporizer app on your iPhone or other Apple device right now, don’t delete it if you ever want to be able to use it again.

Apple’s banishment of the vaping related apps was first reported by Axios, and follows a decision by the company earlier this year to stop allowing new vaping apps in the App Store. Now, it seems that policy has been extended to booting existing apps.

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The silver lining for current users of app-enabled cannabis vaporizers is that apps already installed on mobile devices will stay installed and functional, and users will continue to be able to install those apps on new devices—at least for the time being.


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If you’re using a connected vaporizer and don’t have the app installed yet, things get a little trickier. While your gear isn’t bricked, it could end up less user-friendly, and you’re going to be locked out of some of the finer customization features that are big selling points for app-connected vaporizers.

If you have a vaporizer app on your iPhone or other Apple device right now, don’t delete it if you ever want to be able to use it again. Apps that stay on your phone seem likely to retain connectivity for the foreseeable future. But if that same vape app gets deleted from your phone, you will not be able to download it again.

How to reset your vape temperature without an app

Among cannabis vaporizers, the PAX 3 and PAX Era are the most common—at least here in the Leafly office. If you don’t have the PAX app installed right now, you can still switch between a set of preset temperatures on both pieces of kit. Presets are indicated by the four lights on each PAX vaporizer—one light glowing means you’re on the lowest preset, while all four lit up means you’re as hot as it gets.

For a detailed look at setting and resetting the temperature on your PAX 3 or PAX Era without the app, you can visit their support page.

Also gone is the DaVinci app, which allowed for temperature control and session customization. If you’re using a DaVinci IQ vaporizer without the app installed, you can still easily raise and lower the temperature using the buttons on the side of the device.


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Apps for device connected vaporizers from manufacturers Ghost and Firefly have also been deleted from the app store as of this writing. Interestingly, the Storz and Bickel app, which allows for app-connected control of some Volcano and Craft vaporizers, seems to have dodged the purge for now. So if you’ve got an app-enabled Storz and Bickel product but haven’t gotten around to downloading the app yet, you might want to get on that sooner than later.

What the future holds for app-connected vaporizers is unclear. For now, at least, it’s that much harder to control your cannabis vaporizer using software on the supercomputer you keep in your pocket, so we’ll hang our heads for a world that’s a little less like a cyberpunk novel than it was yesterday.

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  • les

    app controlled vapes are ridiculous anyway. All they really do is make a vape more expensive. So it makes you look cool to remote control EVERYTHING…. or are peoples fingers just too weak to push a button? And what happens to your vape when someone finally hack it just for giggles, and maybe turns it on and raised the temp to max??? There is not one thing an app can do for your vape that’s meaningful, its just eye candy targeting the smartphone addicted!

    • Cash Conway

      Finer temp control on the Pax? I don’t really see that as anything bad. More features are a good thing in my mind. The device works perfectly fine without the app, but it’s nice to have the option to customize and use more features with the app. You sound like an old fogey.

  • les

    The real purpose of the app is so the company can track how much you use your vape………

  • The Tourer

    Just like every other mass produced electronic on the planet, including the ones you have and clearly think are exempt.

    • GTG

      Not ALL are, actually. And, no, none in my home. It’s not really all that difficult to learn which manufacturers do not use child labor. But, it is understandable why individuals who continue to support Apple would prefer to take your stance.

  • don

    you’re typing on one made in china.. by child laborers.

  • Zen

    Apple really missed the mark here. Idiots.

  • Leslie Newman

    Everybody we need to start a tweet storm immediately to Apple! Just because they Make a decision on a moral issue, doesn’t mean that should have to interfere with their business model and not being able to use products that we purchased. I will ask Apple to reimburse me for the vaporizer I just purchased.