Can’t Download or Update Apps in iOS 11 on iPhone and iPad? Quick Fix

There are times when might not be able to download or update apps in iOS 11 on your iPhone and iPad due to several things like poor Wi-Fi or cellular network or some unknown glitches. Check out these tips to resolve the problem.

Recently, I updated my iPhone to the latest iOS version. But after the software update, I couldn’t download or update apps in iOS 11. It was such an infuriating experience, and I was just not able to figure out what’s going on!

Apps would start installing or updating, but midway they would automatically stop. I checked out a few basic things, and they looked well placed. However, the problem didn’t seem to be getting fixed. Eventually, I gave some of the old hacks a long rope, and luckily one of them fixed the issue.

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How to Fix Apps Not Downloading or Updating Issue in iOS 11 on iPhone and iPad

It’s not unusual to run into some issues like this one after software update on iOS devices. Taking all the things into account, I have mentioned some tried and tested solutions that can (ten to one) click for you, if your device has also become the victim of this miscellaneous bug. Try them out and let us know which one can rescue your device!

Check Your Internet Connection

The first thing you should check out when faced with this issue is to check your Internet connection, ensuring it’s in fine fetter.

Turn On/Off Airplane Mode

Step #1. Open Settings and then turn on Airplane Mode on your iOS device.

Step #2. Now, wait for some time and then turn off the switch.

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Toggle Airplane Mode on iPhone or iPad

Turn Off/On Wi-Fi

Step #1. Open Settings and then turn off the switch next to Wi-Fi.

Tap on Settings then WiFi on iPhone or iPad

Toggle Wi-Fi on iPhone or iPad

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Step #2. Now, wait for some time and then turn on the switch.

Forget the Wi-Fi Network and Reconnect Your Device

Step #1. Open Settings and then tap on Wi-Fi.

Step #2. Now, tap on the “i” button next to the Wi-Fi network.

Step #3. Next, tap on Forget this Network and confirm.

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Forget WiFi Network on iPhone or iPad

Now, reconnec the WiFi.

Make sure you have allowed App Store to use your cellular data

Step #1. Open Settings app and tap on Cellular/Mobile data.

Tap on Settings then Mobile Data on iPhone or iPad

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Step #2. Now, scroll down and ensure that the toggle next to App Store is ON.

Allow App Store to Access Mobile Data on iPhone or iPad

Reset All Network Settings

If you still find the network in poor condition, try resetting it to factory default.

Step #1. Open Settings app → Tap on GeneralReset.

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Step #2. Now, tap on Reset Network Settings and then confirm.

Reset Network Settings on iDevices

The cellular or Wi-Fi network should start functioning properly. Check if it has returned to normalcy. Open Safari and head to any website to find out the real condition of the Internet connection. If it’s going smoothly, open App Store and try installing an app.

Most likely, your issue would be fixed by this trick. But if it persists, move on to the next solution.

Sign Out of Apple ID and Sign Back In

Another trusted solution you should try to troubleshoot this problem is sign out of Apple ID and sign back in.

Step #1. Open Settings app on your device.

Step #2. Now, tap on your name.

Step #3. Next, tap on Sign Out.

Sign Out from App Store and iCloud on iPhone or iPad

Step #5. Up next, quit Settings app and then force restart your device.

To Reboot your iPhone X, iPhone 8/8 Plus

Press and quickly release volume down button, press and release volume up button. The press and hold the side button until Apple logo shows up on the screen.

Hard Reboot iPhone X, 8 Plus, and 8

To Reboot your iPhone 7/7 Plus

You have to press and hold both the Sleep/Wake and Volume Down buttons at once for about ten seconds.

Reboot iPhone 7-7 Plus

To Reboot your iPhone 6s, iPhone SE, or Earlier

You need to press and hold both the Sleep/Wake and Home buttons at a time for about ten seconds until Apple logo appears on the screen.

How to Restart-Reboot iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

Step #6. Once your device has restarted, sign in to iCloud.

Make sure you have updated your Country or Region

Have you had moved to other countries or regions? If yes, you must update your Apple ID information. Follow this complete guide to get it done.

Reset All Settings

No respite as yet? It’s time to go for a radical step and reset your device to factory settings.

Step #1. Open Setting app on your iOS device>General>Reset.

Step #2. Tap on Reset All Settings and confirm.

Reset All Settings on iPhone X, 8, or iPhone 8 Plus

Update iOS on your device

Ensure that your device is updated and running the latest version of iOS.

Step #1. Launch Settings app on your device and tap on General.

Step #2. Now, tap on Software Update and then download and install the update.

Update iOS 11.3 on iPhone X, 8 or 8 Plus

If All Else Has Failed… Restore your device via iTunes

If all else has failed, restore your device via iTunes. Be sure to back up your iPhone before going through the process. Simply connect your device to computer → open iTunes → Select your device from top left navigation and hit the Restore iPhone/iPad button.

Restore iPhone 8-8 Plus using iTunes

Wrapping up

I guess the issue has been resolved successfully. Which of the above solutions clicked for you? It would be really cool to know its name in the comments.

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Jignesh Padhiyar
Jignesh Padhiyar is the co-founder of who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around Apple products. During his tight schedule, Jignesh finds some moments of respite to share side-splitting contents on social media.
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