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Buying the Pro Upgrade in OmniFocus 2 for iOS

OmniFocus 2 for iOS offers an expanded Pro feature set, available as an In-App Purchase. These additional features are listed in the What’s in Pro section of the main OmniFocus product page.

This article walks you through locating and purchasing the Pro upgrade, as well as the different upgrade options based upon your purchase history. If you’re using the iPhone-only OmniFocus 2 (with a white checkmark), you’ll first need to upgrade to the Universal iOS application by following the steps in this article.

Accessing the In-App Purchase Area

In OmniFocus 2, return to the home menu, then drag down to reveal the secret bar. Tap Settings, then Upgrade to Pro.

A window titled About Pro Upgrade will appear, which provides more information about the features available in the Pro Upgrade.

The OmniFocus Pro Upgrade

If you have not purchased the first version of OmniFocus on iOS, follow the remaining steps in the section titled I did not purchase OmniFocus 1 for iPhone/iPad — Pro Upgrade.

Or, if you have purchased the first version of OmniFocus on iOS, follow the remaining steps in the section titled I previously purchased OmniFocus 1 for iPhone/iPad — Pro Upgrade (with discount for prior purchase) to receive the free upgrade to the Pro edition.

I did not purchase OmniFocus 1 for iPhone/iPad — Pro Upgrade

  1. Purchase OmniFocus 2 for iOS via the App Store.

  2. In OmniFocus 2, return to the home menu (iPhone) or navigate home in the sidebar (iPad), then drag down to reveal the secret bar. Tap Settings, then Upgrade to Pro.

  3. Select the Full-priced “Buy” option at the bottom-right to purchase the additional features included in the Pro upgrade.

I previously purchased OmniFocus 1 for iPhone/iPad — Pro Upgrade (with discount for prior purchase)

While we’re not able to offer discounts on the Standard version of OmniFocus 2 in the App Store, we are able to offer the Pro upgrade at no additional fee (via an In-App Purchase) for those who purchased OmniFocus 1. As part of the validation process, you’ll have to install both OmniFocus 1 and OmniFocus 2 simultaneously on the same device. Please note: both the iPhone and iPad versions of OmniFocus 1 can be used to validate the Pro upgrade!

(The upgrade is structured this way because Apple’s App Store doesn’t provide a way to discount the initial purchase of a new app; those limitations do not affect the In-App Purchase that unlocks Pro.)

  1. Make sure the copy of OmniFocus 1 that you purchased from the iTunes App Store is installed on your device. If you need to reinstall, follow the steps in the section titled Reinstalling the Previous Version.

  2. Purchase OmniFocus 2 for iOS via the App Store. Limitations in Apple’s system prevent us from discounting this initial purchase, but in a later step, you’ll use your installation of version 1 to unlock version 2’s Pro features at no charge. The free upgrade to Pro represents your ‘upgrade discount.’

  3. In OmniFocus 2, return to the home menu (iPhone) or navigate home in the sidebar (iPad), then drag down to reveal the secret bar. Tap Settings, then Upgrade to Pro.

  4. OmniFocus automatically detects the prior version, and once this succeeds you should see the “Eligible for free upgrade” text. Otherwise, tap the Check for Free Upgrade button to prompt for more info..

  5. Tap Buy $0.00 at the bottom-right to purchase the additional features included in the Pro upgrade for $0.00.

  6. Once this purchase has been associated with your Apple ID, you can then open the same window on your other iOS devices that are running OmniFocus, and tap Restore Purchases to activate your Pro upgrade there as well.

Activating Pro on Another Device, or Reactivating the Pro Upgrade

After the initial In-App Purchase is completed, that purchase is permanently associated with your Apple ID. If you’d like to activate Pro on your iPad as well, or if you get a new iPhone, or if you’ve performed an iOS restore and have wiped everything off your device, then head back to this Upgrade to Pro window and tap the Restore Purchases button. This reactivates your previous In-App Purchase, so you don’t need to purchase everything all over again.

Reinstalling the Previous Version

This validation process for an upgrade discount requires you to have OmniFocus 1 installed on your device. That’s great news if you’ve still got the app on your device, but what if you’ve removed it already?

If we don’t detect the previous version of the app, you’ll be asked to re-download it from the App Store.

Unvalidated Pro Upgrade

Any time you make a purchase in the App Store, that purchase is tied to your Apple ID. At any point you can access your purchase history and re-download apps that you have previously paid for, free of charge.

To access your purchase history directly from your iPhone, open the App Store app, tap the Updates icon at the bottom of the screen, then select Purchased from the top of the list. On iPad, open the App Store app, then tap the Purchased icon at the bottom of the screen. If you scroll through the list of apps you’ve previously purchased —and if you’ve purchased OmniFocus 1 before—you will find OmniFocus for iPad (Version 1.6.5) or OmniFocus for iPhone (Version 1.16.3) in that list. Tap the iCloud icon to reinstall the app on your device.

After reinstalling OmniFocus 1, close and reopen the Purchase Pro Upgrade window to retry the validation. When successful, we’ll tell you that you’re eligible and you can then tap the zero-cost Buy option to proceed with the (free) purchase.

Validated Pro Upgrade

Do I Need to Keep Both Versions Installed?

The two versions of OmniFocus won’t interfere with each other (thanks to the sandboxed nature of iOS), so it’s safe to leave both installed simultaneously. If you’d prefer, after you’ve migrated any data into OmniFocus 2, you’re also welcome to remove the prior version from your device once you’ve completed the In-App Purchase. Just make sure your data’s all loaded into OmniFocus 2 before deleting OmniFocus 1!

Last Modified: Nov 4, 2016

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