iPhone Auto Update Apps Not Working? Top 10 Tips & Tricks

Under normal circumstances, updating the apps on your iPhone is a simple, straight-forward process. As long as the device is connected to the internet, you should be able to update the apps without problems.

Yet, some users have reported that the auto update process is not working and every now and then, they have to update the apps manually.

While this problem is not rare, we have received enough complaints from users to warrant a direct response. This article is the response and in it, we will document all the possible solutions for this particular problem.

1. Reasons Why iPhone Auto Update Apps Not Working

We will get to the solutions in a little bit. But before we do that, let's take a look at some of the reasons why your iPhone is not updating apps automatically. This way, you will be able to pick a solution based on the most likely cause. Some of these causes include the following;

1.1. Inadequate Storage Space

The auto app updates could be failing due to a lack of storage space on the device. Updates require a certain amount of storage space and if the device doesn't have this space, the apps may fail to update.

1.2. Poor or Unstable Internet Connection

For auto updates to work, you also need to be connected to the internet. An unstable internet connection or a slow connection can interfere with the auto update feature causing problems with the app updates.

1.3. App Store Server Issue

If you are certain that the problem is not with the device's connection and you have adequate storage space, it is possible that the App Store server could be down.

1.4. Software Glitch

This is perhaps the most common reason why your apps cannot update. A tiny glitch in the iOS system can cause major issues.

2. 3 Checks before Fixing This Issue

Based on the causes we've outlined above, it makes sense to do the following simple checks before attempting any more advanced solutions.

2.1. Check the App Store Settings

Begin by checking the App Store settings, you may fix this issue.

Step 1: Go to Settings and tap your name.

Step 2: Choose iTunes & App Stores, and make sure that “Updates” is turned on.

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2.2. Check Whether the Restrictions is off

You may also need to turn off "Restrictions" if the feature is on because it can interfere with app downloads if this was one of the restrictions set.

Step 1: To check if restrictions is off go to Settings > General > Restrictions.

Step 2: Toggle the switch off if it is turned on.

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2.3. Check Available Storage on iPhone

Like we already mentioned, you need to have adequate storage on your device to update apps. Therefore, take a moment to ensure you have adequate storage on the device.

To check available storage on the device go to Settings > General > iPhone Storage and then delete some content to free-up space on the device.

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3. 6 Advanced Ways to Fix iPhone Auto Update Apps Not Working

If the simple checks above don't provide an easy solution, the following are just some of the advanced solutions to try. Before we look at each solution in detail, here's how they compare to one another.

Success Rate Difficulty Required Time Data Loss What Can Be Fixed
Force Restart 50% Easy Short No A few software issues
Update iPhone 50% Easy Short No Some software issues
iMyFone Fixppo 100% Easy Short No All system/software issues
Update Apps in iTunes 100% Complex Long No A few app issues
Factory Reset 80% Complex Long Yes Some software issues
Apple Support 100% Complex Long Depends Most hardware/software issues

Way 1. Force Restart the iPhone

This is one of the simplest, yet highly effective ways to repair a malfunctioning iOS feature. The process refreshes the device, getting rid of any minor bugs that are causing the problem. Follow the procedure below to restart your iPhone.

For iPhone 8 and later - Press and then quickly release the volume up button, do the same with the volume up button and then press and hold the power button until the Apple logo appears.

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For iPhone 7 and 7 Plus - Press and hold the power button and the volume down button until the Apple logo appears.

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For iPhone 6 and earlier - Press and hold the home button and the power button until the Apple logo appears.

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Way 2. Update iOS Version to the Latest

A software update is another great way to eliminate the software glitches that can cause issues like this one. To update the device, follow these simple steps.

Step 1: Connect the iPhone to a stable Wi-Fi network.

Step 2: Go to Settings > General > Software Update.

Step 3: If an update is available, tap "Download and Install" and follow the prompts to update the device.

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Way 3. The Most Effective Way to Fix iPhone Auto Update Apps Not Working

The two solutions above may only work if an update is available and if the software glitch is the only minor. If the problem is more pervasive, we recommend iMyFone Fixppo, an iOS system repair program that can be very useful in repairing software issues that cause various iOS problems including this one. The program has many useful features that make it the ideal solution for fixing major iOS issues, including the following:

  • It can repair a malfunctioning iPhone under numerous circumstances with a 100% success rate.
  • It supports all iPhone models like iPhone 11/11 Pro (Max) and all versions of the iOS firmware including iOS 13.1.3/13.1.2/13.1.1/13.
  • Fixppo is useful for fixing various common iOS issues without data loss.
  • Many media sites have recommended it.

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To use Fixppo to fix this auto app update problem, download and install the program on your computer and then follow these simple steps.

Step 1: Launch Fixppo and in the main window click on "Standard Mode". Connect the iPhone to the computer and wait for the program to detect it.

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Step 2: If the program is unable to detect the device, you may need to put it in DFU/recovery mode. Follow the on-screen instructions Fixppo provides to put the device in DFU/recovery mode to allow for easier access.

Step 3: When the device is in DFU or recovery mode, Fixppo will detect the model and provide various versions of firmware for the device. Select one and then click "Download".

Step 4: When the firmware is downloaded, click on "Start" and Fixppo will begin repairing the device. Keep it connected to the computer until the process is complete.

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Fixppo is an ideal solution for any iOS issues: minor or complicated. Download the free trial version today to test its usefulness for yourself.

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Way 4. Update Apps in iTunes

Of course, if you are unable to update the apps on the device, you can choose to update via iTunes.

Step 1: Open iTunes on your computer.

Step 2: Click "Apps > Updates" and then click on the App you want to update.

Step 3: Click "Update App" to update the app or "Update All Apps" to update all the apps.

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Way 5. Erase All Content and Settings

You also should completely remove any settings that could be conflicting with the auto update process by erasing all contents and settings.

To do that go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Contents and Settings and then enter your passcode to complete the process.

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Way 6. Contact Apple Support for Help

If all else fails, your best option would be to contact Apple support to check the hardware. They will be able to tell you whether the problem is with their servers or your device and offer you solutions that will work.

4. 4 Basic Ways to Fix This Issue

The followings are some of the other basic solutions to try.

Way 1. Sign out and Back into The App Store

Sign out and then back into the App Store to see if this fixes the problem. To do that, follow these simple steps.

Step 1: Go to Settings and choose iTunes & App Stores on your device.

Step 2: Tap your account and press "Sign Out".

Step 3: Restart the device and then open the App Store to sign back in.

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Way 2. Change Date and Time Settings

The date and time can affect the ability of apps to update automatically.

Therefore it may be a good idea to go to Settings > General > Date & Time and ensure that "Set Automatically" is turned on.

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Way 3. Reset All Settings

Resetting all settings is also a great way to remove settings that are conflicting with the auto update feature. To do it, go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings.

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Way 4. Delete and Reinstall That App

Of course, if you are unable to update a particular app, you can simply delete it and then reinstall the latest version. Here's how to do that:

Step 1: Tap and hold the app icon of the app you want to update until it jiggles.

Step 2: Tap on the "X" that appears next to it to delete the app.

Step 3: Now go back to the App Store to reinstall the app.

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Conclusion

As promised we have tried to find as many possible solutions for this problem as we could. Do you have a solution we haven't talked about? Or do you have a question or comment on this issue or any other? Let us know in the comments section below and we'll do our best to help.

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