Can’t update apps on iPhone or iPad in iOS 15? How to fix it

Can’t Update Apps on iPhone or iPad in iOS 15

Between the incredible new Safari, FaceTime, Focus, and iMessage features, iOS 15 makes for a worthy upgrade. But what if you can’t update apps on iPhone or iPad in iOS 15? You’ll end up missing some essential features, and none of us want that? At least, we don’t want it for you, so here are some quick fixes to resolve the issue.

  1. Reboot your iPhone
  2. Pause and resume the app update
  3. Check available storage on iPhone
  4. Connect to Wi-Fi
  5. Set date and time automatically
  6. Delete the app and reinstall It
  7. Turn off and on automatic updates
  8. Make sure that restrictions are off
  9. Sign out and into your Apple ID
  10. Update iOS
  11. Reset Network Settings
  12. Contact Apple Support

1. Reboot your iPhone

When an app or device is acting up, we have a standing joke here at iGeeksBlog; an excellent old restart is the best way to go. Similarly, restarting an iPhone, for that matter, fixes several minor and temporary issues.

However, the method varies for Face ID and Touch ID devices, so check out this complete guide to find the right way to reboot your device.

Note: An alternate way to shut down iPhone is to open the Settings app, tap General, tap Shut Down from the end of the list. After a minute, switch it back on.

2. Pause and resume the app update

If the update takes too much time or is stuck at the waiting screen, restarting the process might help.

  1. On the iPhone home screen, firmly press the app icon.
  2. Tap Pause Download.
  3. After a few seconds, tap the app icon again to resume it.
Pause and resume the app update on iPhone

You can also choose to cancel the update and restart it from the App Store.

3. Check available storage on iPhone

Apps and iOS updates can not happen if enough free space isn’t available on your iPhone. Here is how to check storage in devices running iOS 15 or iOS 14.

  1. Open the Settings app → Tap General.
  2. Tap iPhone Storage and check storage.
Check iPhone Storage

If there is no or little space, free up storage on the iPhone and try to update the app again.

4. Connect to Wi-Fi

App downloads and updates are possible over cellular data. However, if you cannot do so, connect to a Wi-Fi network and try to update the app again.

5. Set date and time automatically

Not only app updates, but a lot of features like FaceTime need the correct time and date. The easiest way to always ensure that your device has the appropriate time is to set it to update automatically.

  1. Open the Settings app → Tap General.
  2. Tap Date & Time → Enable Set Automatically.
Set Date & Time Automatically on iPhone or iPad

6. Delete the app and reinstall It

Proceed with caution; unless you have a cloud backup for the app, you’ll lose the data during the delete. For instance, if you don’t have an up-to-date backup for WhatsApp, all the recent chats and media will be lost.

One solution for this may be to offload the app and this keeps the app data but only removes the app.

7. Turn off and on automatic updates

  1. Open the Settings app → Tap App Store.
  2. Turn off App Updates and turn it back on after 30 seconds.
Turn off and on automatic updates on iPhone

8. Make sure that restrictions are off

Screen Time restrictions in iOS can prevent app installs and uninstalls. Let us check if this is the case.

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Tap Screen Time.
  3. Tap Content & Privacy Restrictions.
  4. Now, tap iTunes & App Store Purchases.
  5. Make sure Installing Apps is set to Allow.
Allow App Installation in Screen Time Setting

9. Sign out and into your Apple ID

  1. Go to App Stores → Tap Profile icon.
  2. Scroll to the bottom and tap Sign Out.
Sign out and into your Apple ID

Go back to the top again and Sign in with your Apple ID after a few seconds. Try to update the app now and move on to the next step if this does not work.

10. Update iOS

Always ensure that your iPhone or iPad is on the most recent version of iOS. To update your device:

  1. Open the Settings app → Tap General.
  2. Tap Software Update → Download and Install if you see a pending update.
Check iOS update to fix Cellular Update Failed error

11. Reset Network Settings

One final solution is to reset settings on your iPhone. This will not delete any personal data. But will erase Wi-Fi passwords, VPN configurations, Bluetooth devices, etc. Make sure you have a backup in case things go wrong.

  1. Open the Settings app → General.
  2. Tap Transfer or Reset iPhone → Tap Reset → Tap Reset Network Settings.
  3. Enter your iPhone Passcode and Reset Network Settings again
  4. After the process completes, connect to Wi-Fi or Cellular data and try updating the app
Reset Network Settings on iPhone

12. Contact Apple Support

Finally, if nothing works, try contacting Apple Support or visit them in-store.

That’s all, mate!

I hope one or a combination of more fixes helped you, and now your apps are updating normally as they should. If you have a related query, feel free to mention it in the comments down below.

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