7 Solutions to Fix iPhone Apps Not Updating

I got a notification on my iPhone to update a few Apps. When I went to the App Store to do so, there was an error and the download stopped abruptly. I tried again after a few minutes only to find out that my iPhone apps were not updating. What should I do?

Updating Apps is always advisable, but if you are among the iPhone users who have faced the similar problem that iPhone Apps does not update, then this article will definitely help you fix the issue. It is rather a strange problem but can be overcome with simple tips and tricks. Read on to find out how.

App Store

1 Check Both Wi-Fi & Cellular Data

Since Apps and their updates can be downloaded over Wi-Fi and Cellular Data, both, it is important for you to check one of the two is active on your iPhone. All you need to do is go to “Settings”, tap on “Wi-Fi” and turn on the switch next to it. Now select a network to connect to it. In order to connect to Cellular Data services, make sure you have an active data plan. Now in “Settings” go to “Cellular Data” and turn it on.

While using a Wi-Fi network, if you face a problem of iPhone Apps not updating, you have 2 more tips to check if the Wi-Fi works well, which were given below:

1.Reset network settings

Resetting network settings wipe off all network settings saved previously on the iPhone and you will have to connect to a Wi-Fi network all over again. To do so, visit ”Settings” > “General” > “Reset”.

Reset network settings

2. Restart your router

Sometimes due to an unstable connection, Apps do not download and update smoothly. Just switch off your Wi-Fi router for a few minutes, then turn it back on and try downloading the update again.

Following these steps solves the problem of iPhone Apps not updating if it is because of your internet connection.


2 Make Sure Network Is Connected

First and foremost, you need to be very sure that your iPhone is connected to the internet network. A Wi-Fi network is preferred over Cellular data plan because the updates can be downloaded and installed quickly over Wi-Fi. In case a Wi-Fi network is not available, you can turn on the “Cellular Data” in “Settings” on your iPhone. Now tap on “iTunes & App Store” in “Settings” and turn on the “Use Cellular Data” switch and then try to download the update again.

turn on Use Cellular Data


3 Disable Airplane Mode

Another simple way to ensure that your Apps update without a glitch is to turn on the Airplane Mode. Keep iron for fifteen to twenty seconds and then turn it back off. wait for your phone regain Cellular data or Wi-Fi connection. Now try downloading the update.

Disable Airplane Mode

If the Apps are still not updating, DO NOT panic. There are few more things you can try.


4 Remove and Reinstall the Apps

This method might seem time consuming but is worth a shot. What is needed to do is to delete the Apps which can’t be updated. Then go to App Store and reinstall the latest version of the same App. Here are the steps:

Press on the icon of the apps until the X in the top-left corner shakes. Then confirm by tapping the X.

delete apps on iPhone


5 Make Sure the Storage Space Is Enough

Storage problems are very common with 16GB iPhone users. The memory runs out before you know it and there is no room for you download new or update existing Apps. You can create new space though by deleting old and redundant Apps from the iPhone which consume considerable amount of space or deleting iMessage data, photos and videos. Just go to “Settings” > “General” > “Storage and iCloud Usage” , then you can check the Storage available.

check iPhone storage


6 Close App Store and Launch It Again

This might sound like simple trick but it works wonders. Here’s what you need to do. Close the App store and then by double clicking on the Home Button, close all Apps. Now start App Store again and try to update the desired App.

double click on the Home Button


7 System Issue: Use Third-party Tool to Fix the Problem

The methods listed above can solve the iPhone Apps not updating problem 99% of the times. But in case of a system issue, it is advisable to use a third-party tool if all the above methods do not work.

iMyFone iOS System Recovery is one such iOS system recovery software that totally repairs all common iOS system issues without any data loss. Not only does it solve the iPhone Apps not updating problem but also offers an array of other efficient features.

The key features of this tool are as follows:

  • It fixes all kinds of errors on iOS devices and repairs iPhone/iPad/iPod touch without any data loss. For example, it fixes iPhone stuck in DFU mode, iPhone stuck in recovery mode, iPhone stuck on Apple logo, iPhone freezes and doesn't respond, iPhone won’t turn on, iPhone won’t slide to unlock, etc.
  • It has been designed to prevent any alteration in the existing data on the iOS device, so no data loss.
  • It is completely safe and easy to use and does not intrude your privacy.

Windows version Mac version

Let us find out how to use iMyFone iOS System Recovery tool to completely fix your iOS system.

Visit the official website of iMyFone to download the software.

1. Launch the iMyFone iOS System Recovery software and click on “Start”.

launch iMyFone iOS System Recovery software

2. In this step, use a USB cable to connect your device to the PC. Once iMyFone iOS System Recovery recognizes your iPhone, click on “Start” again.

starting fixing the iOS device

3. You will be prompted to download firmware package for your device. The program will detect the model of your device and all you need to do is click “download”.

download firmware

4. Now,  once you download the firmware, iMyFone iOS System Recovery will start its task automatically to make your iPhone work normally.

finish fixing your iOS device

Extremely easy, isn't it?

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Updating Apps to their latest version equips them with more powerful features and also fixes the bug problem, but sometimes, Apps can behave strangely and refuse to update. This problem is very annoying. We hope this article was helpful in providing ways and means for you to solve the iPhone Apps not updating problem.