Cannot Update Apps on iPhone or iPad? Here are Some Solutions

Apps are one of the most integral parts of any iPhone as they make all iPhones the real smart devices. Perhaps this could be the reason why app developers regularly update their apps for users.

But what if you fail to update the existing apps or not able to download any fresh app on your iPhone? Recently, this problem has surfaced and many iPhone users have raised this concern.

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Cannot Update Apps on iPhone and iPad

There is a solution to every problem, and this too has one. Let’s try to solve the glitch.

Can’t Update Apps on iPhone? Here is the Fix

#1. Reboot your iPhone

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How to Restart-Reboot iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

To reboot your device, press and hold Sleep/Wake and Home button simultaneously for 10 odd seconds. Leave the buttons when the Apple logo appears on screen.

#2. Try Updating App(s) Other Way

Update Apps on iPhone

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Instead of tapping the update button, tap on the app icon, you’ll see another update button, tap on it to.

#3. Set Date and Time Automatically

Looks like a silly solution but it is effective in some cases to fix the issue. Go to Settings → Tap General → Tap Date and Time → Select Automatically.

Tap Settings Then General in iOS 9Turn On Set Date Automatically on iPhone

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#4. Delete the App(s) and reinstall

Deleting and reinstalling apps may also save you from this problem. To delete an app, long press that app; all the wiggling apps will show a delete icon (x) on the top left.

Delete Apps from iPhone
Tap on the delete icon and you will be asked either to delete the app or cancel the action. Tap on Delete and the selected app will be deleted from your iPhone.

Tap on Delete App on iPhoneTo reinstall go to App Store and reinstall the app.

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#5. Download/Update Apps via iTunes

Rather updating apps from your iPhone, you can update same apps from iTunes. Follow the steps mentioned below:

  • Connect your iPhone to computer and open iTunes.
  • Click on Apps (Click on ellipsis mentioned below the menu bar).

Click on Apps in iTunes

  • Now click on Updates from the upper menu.

Click on App Updates in iTunes

  • Click on an app you want to update Again click on Update button.

App Update in iTunes

  • Once the app is updated, click on iPhone icon; click on Apps.
  • Click on the app you have updated.
  • Now click on Update again.
  • Finally, sync your iPhone.

#6. Turn Off the Automatic Updates

Switching off the automatic updates will provide a feasible solution for the issue. Let’s follow the steps to resolve the issue.

To switch off the Auto Updates

  • Go to Settings Tap on iTunes and App Store (You can see the Automatic Downloads) Toggle off the button in front of Updates.

Turn Off Auto App Updates on iPhone and iPad

#7. Reset Your iPhone

If nothing works, you can try resetting your iPhone.

Go to Settings → General → Reset Reset All Settings.

Reset All Settings on iPhone

These are a few steps which I had explored on my iPhone to resolve the issue of Apps which are not downloading or updating. Share your thoughts with us on Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus.

Jignesh Padhiyar
Jignesh Padhiyar is the founder of who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around iPhone and iPad.


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