If you’ve been keeping up with the latest vaping news, you know that a few months ago, Apple completely banned 181 apps relating to vaping and e-cigarettes from their app store. This was the second crackdown after their first initiative back in June 2019 when they banned any new vaping apps from entering their store. Last fall they banned the ones that had been previously approved, too.
Their reasoning was well-intended, yet premature. Apple cited health experts as attributing “a variety of lung injuries and fatalities to e-cigarette and vaping products,” which they quickly jumped on board with. Is there enough data on this to say what exactly is dangerous? As of this writing, no. Have studies been done comparing the health risks of using legitimate products from quality brands like Storz & Bickel and Pax verses cheap knock-offs? Also no.
According to the CDC, we still have very limited information. So any decision to stop vaping — or in Apple’s case, to stop the support of vaping-related content — is at this point only precautionary. As with most things, it’s best to do your own research and make the most informed decision you can. And, always buy legitimate products from trusted brands!
How can we keep using vaping apps on iPhones?
The good news is, for those of us choosing not to follow the herd, there is now a workaround so you can still use your vape with its app.
Storz & Bickel, the company that makes the Volcano vaporizer and a handful of other top-notch vapes, has just come out with a web-based app. You can sync this web app to your vape just like you would do with the one on your iPhone.
How do we sync the Storz & Bickel web app to our vaporizer?
First, make sure you’re using an updated version of Chrome as your web browser. As of this writing, other browsers like Safari or Firefox, as well as dated versions of Chrome, aren’t supported.
Go to the web app page on the Storz & Bickel website. You can also access it from their navigation menu, under Apps.
Click the orange “Connect” button. At that point, your computer will start searching via Bluetooth for compatible devices, so make sure you have your vape nearby.
Once the device is connected, you’re good to go! What’s great about the web app is that it offers almost all the same features as the Android app. You can adjust your vape’s temperature and control other settings. And more features are expected to become available in the near future.
S&B also has a Troubleshooting page that you can turn to if you run into any problems using their web app. It has a couple FAQs on it as well as a link to send them a message.
Overall we are relieved to have this workaround to the App Store ban on vaping products. Apple’s decision to remove apps from legit companies like Storz & Bickel seemed extreme, but thanks to S&B’s forward thinking and fantastic customer support, iPhone users are covered once again. Now we can get back to using our products they way they were meant to be used!