GTA Online’s companion app has been shut down, leaving some players wondering how they’ll train Chop

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Franklin and Chop in GTA 5.
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While some GTA Online players are already looking forward to GTA 6, others are still trying to enjoy everything that Los Santos has to offer by spending all of their hard-earned cash, moving to the countryside or becoming a lifeguard in story mode.

After all, if you don’t enjoy trying to predict what the next game’s map will look like, lack any hot takes regarding what it should include, and have given up on planning out your first playthrough, why not just try to appreciate the final stretch of GTA Online?

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However, some players are being distracted from doing just that by a number of the game’s long-time features being taken offline for good, with the iFruit companion app just having followed the red Shark Card into retirement, leaving players with a few questions.

Have you ever used GTA Online’s iFruit app?

Their confusion forms the subject of a recent thread on the GTA Online subreddit, which began with a post from user wizkashifa, who kicked things off by pointing out that the app was officially shut down as of December 12, with Rockstar writing in a support post: “We are currently developing a new method to allow players to customize their license plates via the GTA Online website, and we will provide an update when there is more information to share.”

Many of the GTA players in the thread didn’t seem too happy about the idea of having to come out of the game in order to change their car’s registration, with user TheFoothillsHaveEyes saying: “This should just be part of the car customization menu. What would be so hard about just adding into that menu instead (of) having to go to a second-party website?”

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Others were left wondering about one of the app’s functions that weren’t even mentioned in the post, with user ZFTX asking: “If the iFruit app is no longer going to be supported, then how are we supposed to train Chop in GTA V’s story mode and get him different collars?” and adding: “Yes, the collars are just decorative, but training Chop and making him happier (makes) him easier to control in the two missions where you control him.”

A fair few users were left in disbelief that their peers had actually used this feature, with TopGunDS responding to ZFTX’s comment: “You’re telling me you actually spent time with Chop and didn’t forget about him after the missions? I’m genuinely impressed."

Meanwhile, several players didn’t seem too cut up about the loss of the app, with user walmartballer declaring: “Sweet. So I can finally delete the app that hasn’t worked in a long time.”, though CranberryEgg12 did offer a slightly more positive eulogy, saying: “I'll kinda miss the app, even though it was (pretty useless).”

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