What’s that weird app folder doing in your iCloud storage?

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There’s nothing more disturbing than finding files on your hardware that come from an app you are sure you never installed.

Macworld reader Kevin wrote in asking about a video-management app. It’s an app he is positive he never installed on his iOS device, and he was shocked to find a folder in the iCloud Storage view in iOS (Settings > account name > iCloud > Manage Storage).

He noted that the information seemed quite personal, as it had images that seemed to represent all his network devices. I suggested this might be something related to an app he purchased and forgot, but the explanation Kevin uncovered is only slightly related.

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Names have been blurred to protect the indifferent.

After examining other apps he purchased, he discovered that the developer of a network scanning app he did purchase also makes the video-management program (or at least did in the past). His explanation, which I deem correct, is that the software programmers didn’t change all the metadata when they created a new app from what must be a template or an existing project. As a result, the old app’s name appears in iCloud Storage, even though it belongs to the new one.

I don’t know that Apple examines that during its review process for adding programs to the App Store, but you’d think just for consistency and accuracy, it would be a good thing to check to avoid developers accidentally giving readers palpitations about malware.

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