How to update your iPhone apps, and what to do if they won’t update

Updating your iPhone apps is essential to ensure you have the latest features, bug fixes, and security enhancements. Here’s how to update your apps, and what to do if you encounter issues:

How to Update iPhone Apps:

  1. Open the App Store: Tap on the “App Store” icon on your home screen.
  2. Navigate to Updates: At the bottom right, tap on “Updates.” You’ll see a list of apps with available updates.
  3. Update All Apps: If you want to update all apps at once, you can tap on “Update All” at the top right. Alternatively, you can individually update specific apps by tapping “Update” next to each app.
  4. Enter Apple ID Password: If prompted, enter your Apple ID password or use Face ID/Touch ID to authenticate the update.
  5. Wait for Updates: The apps will begin to update. You can see the progress on each app’s icon.
  6. Updated Apps: Once the updates are complete, the apps will display “Open” next to them. You can open and use the updated apps.

What to Do If Apps Won’t Update:

If you encounter issues with updating your iPhone apps, here are some troubleshooting steps to try:

  1. Check Internet Connection: Make sure you’re connected to Wi-Fi or cellular data. App updates can’t be downloaded without an active internet connection.
  2. Restart App Store: Double-press the home button (or swipe up from the bottom if using Face ID models) to bring up the App Switcher. Swipe up on the App Store card to close it. Then reopen the App Store and try updating again.
  3. Restart iPhone: Sometimes, a simple restart can resolve temporary glitches. Hold down the power button and swipe to power off. Then turn your iPhone back on.
  4. Update iOS: Make sure your iPhone is running the latest version of iOS. Outdated software can cause issues. Go to “Settings” > “General” > “Software Update” to check for and install any available updates.
  5. Check Storage Space: Insufficient storage space can prevent app updates. Go to “Settings” > “General” > “iPhone Storage” to see how much space is available. Delete unnecessary apps or files if needed.
  6. Sign Out and Sign In: Sign out of your Apple ID in the App Store settings and then sign back in. This can refresh your connection to the App Store.
  7. Delete and Reinstall: If an app still won’t update, try deleting it and then reinstalling it from the App Store.
  8. App Store Issues: In rare cases, there might be temporary issues with the App Store servers. Wait for a while and try updating again later.
  9. Contact Apple Support: If none of the above steps work, you might need to reach out to Apple Support for further assistance.

By following these steps, you can usually resolve most issues related to updating your iPhone apps.

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