Whether you used it to remind yourself to buy a game or to store away that app recommendation that your friend begged you to download, the "Wish List" in the iOS App Store was a useful tool to keep track of new apps you might have wanted to install on your iPhone. But how can you access your Wish List in iOS 11?
You might be wondering why I was using past tense above. Maybe you have a feeling of dread creep over you as you wonder that. Maybe you already know what happened. If you haven't figured it out by now, I'm sorry to be the one to tell you — the Wish List in the App Store is officially dead in iOS 11.
Yes, it's true — once you update your iPhone to iOS 11, your Wish List will be a thing of the past. There's no telling why Apple would do away with such a handy feature, but if this change was absolutely necessary, it would've been nice to have some warning, Apple. I could have downloaded the apps that I had in there. Now I don't even remember what I saved for later.
People are already starting to notice Wish List's untimely departure. Take Reddit user tinpanalleycat, who posted on Reddit asking where Wish List had gone to. It's dead, tinpanalleycat, and there's nothing we can do about it. Well, almost nothing.
If you really need your Wish List back, even if it's just to see what you had in there, you can downgrade iOS 11 back to iOS 10.3.3, as long as you saved an archived backup of 10.3.3 (which you most definitely should have).
Alternatively, you can use iTunes to view your Wish List, but only if you haven't updated to iTuntes 12.7, which removed all traces of the iOS App Store from iTunes. If you were already updated to iTunes 12.7, you can downgrade iTunes as well. Not only is the Wish List gone from the new iTunes update, it's now impossible to download iOS apps and unhide hidden iOS apps from iTunes. Thanks, Apple.
We've reached out to Apple to see if there are plans to add the Wish List back.
While there are definitely some annoying issues like this in iOS 11, there are still quite a few good features you should be excited for. Make sure to check out our full roundup of iOS 11 features to see everything that's good about your newly updated iPhone.