Can’t Update Apps on iPhone or iPad in iOS 13? Here are Some Solutions

Not being able to update apps to the latest version on an iPhone can be frustrating. Installing app updates are essential as they introduce new features, fix bugs, make apps compatible with newer iOS versions, etc. If you are unable to update apps on your iPhone and iPad running iOS 13, here are eleven solutions. These will hopefully fix your problem.

Follow the fixes from top to bottom. Once your app update issue is addressed, you may skip the other solutions.

Can’t Update Apps on iPhone or iPad in iOS 13? Here are some Solutions

#1. Reboot your iPhone

Restarting an iPhone, iPad, or any device for that matter fixes several small and temporary issues. To reboot your iPhone 8 or later, press and release volume up button, press and release volume down button, press and hold the side button.

Hard Reboot iPhone X, 8 Plus, and 8You can reboot your iPhone 7/7 Plus, by pressing and holding the Volume down button and Power button simultaneously.

Reboot iPhone 7-7 Plus

To reboot your iPhone 6s or iPhone SE Press and hold the home button and Power button until Apple Logo appears on the screen.

How to Restart-Reboot iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

An alternate way to shut down iPhone is to open the Setting 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

  1. On the iPhone home screen, firmly press the app icon that is trying to update
  2. Tap Pause Download.
  3. After a few seconds, tap Prioritize Download. See if the app starts updating or not.Prioritize App Download on iPhone or iPad

#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 iOS 13.

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

If there is no or little space, free up storage on the iPhone.

#4. Connect to Wi-Fi

App downloads and updates are possible over cellular data. However, if you are not able to 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.Tap on Settings then General on iPhone
  2. Tap Date & Time → Enable Set Automatically.Set Date & Time Automatically on iPhone or iPad

#6. Delete the App and Reinstall It

With this, unless you have a backup, you will lose the data inside the app. For example, if you do not have an up to date backup for WhatsApp, and you uninstall it and reinstall it, you will lose the chats and media in it. One solution for this may be to offload the app. This keeps the app data, but only removes the app itself.

#7. Turn Off and On Automatic Updates

  1. Open the Settings app → Tap on iTunes & App Store.Open Settings then iTunes and App Store on iPhone
  2. Turn off App Updates and turn it back ON after 30 seconds.Toggle App Updates on iPhone or iPad

#8. Make Sure that Restrictions are Off

Restrictions in iOS 13 can prevent app installs and uninstalls. Let us check if this is the case.

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Tap on Screen Time.
  3. Tap Content & Privacy Restrictions.Tap on Settings then Screen Time then Content & Privacy
  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 your Apple ID and Sign In Again

  1. Open the Settings app → Tap iTunes & App Stores.Open Settings then iTunes and App Store on iPhone
  2. Tap on your Apple ID from the top → Finally, Tap on Sign Out.Sign out from Apple ID on iPhone

After a few seconds, sign back in and open the App Store to update the app.

#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 on General.Tap on Settings then General on iPhone
  2. Tap Software Update → Tap Download and Install if you see a pending update.Update iOS on iPhone or iPad

#11. Reset Network Settings

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

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

#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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Jignesh Padhiyar
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