IPhone applications usually update automatically. However, this is not always the case. Here’s how to update your iPhone apps.
Want to see the latest features and bug fixes in your favorite iPhone apps? If you do, it’s time to update.
If an application is still in active development, expect changes like this on a regular basis. The only wish to get them on the phone, though, is through an update. IPhone apps should update automatically, but only if background updates work.
If your iPhone apps are no longer updated, you’ll miss new features and security fixes. To resolve this issue, we’ll show you below how to update apps on your iPhone.
How to manually update apps on iPhone
All apps you download to your iPhone should be automatically updated. If you prefer (or need to update them manually), the process is easy to follow.
To manually update iPhone apps:
- If app updates are available, a notification will be displayed on the App Store icon.
- Click on App Store icon and then tap profile photo in the upper right corner of the screen.
- Scroll down to Updates available section where you can update all applications or only those with Update the button next to them.
- When an app is updated, you’ll see a circular progress icon next to it as it downloads and installs.
- Scroll down and you will find Recently Updated section. These applications have already been updated and display a Open the button next to them.
It’s important to note that if you don’t update your apps regularly, installing a large batch of updates may take some time. However, if you have a limited data plan and don’t have Wi-Fi, you may want to wait to update them manually when you have a solid Wi-Fi connection.
Enable automatic updates on iPhone
If you want to enable automatic updates (or turn them off) on your iPhone, you can do so through the Settings app.
To enable or disable automatic updates on iPhone:
- Open settings the application on the home screen of your iPhone
- Scroll down the list and tap App Store.
- Under the Automatic downloads section, switch Application updates switch.
- If you want to download applications over a cellular connection, get started Automatic downloads switch sub Cellular data.
- Under the Cellular data section, you can also allow your phone to allow only sub applications 200 MB to download automatically.
- You can also touch Application downloads and always select to download applications regardless of their size, or ask when you have a cellular connection.
How to fix apps that don’t update on iPhone
If your apps aren’t updating for any reason, there are a few things you can do to fix the situation.
Check your Wi-Fi
- Make sure you’re connected to Wi-Fi.
- Open Settings> Wi-Fi and make sure the Wi-Fi switch is switched to On
- You should also see the name of the Wi-Fi network with a check mark next to it. If not, turn off the Wi-Fi switch and try to reconnect.
Restart your iPhone
Sometimes, to unlock an app from an update, restart your iPhone. To do this, press and hold Power and Volume increase buttons on an iPhone X or later until you get the screen with swipe to stop option.
Hold it off for a minute or two and restart the phone by holding down the power button. After that, your app updates should work.
Hold down the power button for a few seconds until you get it swipe to stop option on an iPhone older than an iPhone X. Again, leave it turned off for a minute or two and try updating your apps again.
Reinstall the application
If the reboot did not resolve the application update issue, you can uninstall and reinstall it. If it’s a paid app, don’t worry. You will not have to pay again. Instead, Apple keeps track of all the apps you’ve purchased with your Apple ID.
To reinstall an iPhone application:
- Press and hold the application until the menu appears and tap Remove the application.
- When the verification message appears, tap Delete the application from the menu.
Now that the app is uninstalled from your iPhone, go back to the App Store to download and install it again. When you download the app again, it will be the latest version and you will not need to update it.
Update iPhone apps
Using the steps above will give you control over how apps update on your iPhone. For example, you can update them manually or update them automatically in the background. If an application does not update for some reason, try one of the troubleshooting steps listed above.
Of course, if all else fails, you can reset your iPhone at the factory, but this is a last resort. Usually, restarting your phone will do the trick, and you can download apps without any problems.
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