It is critical to keep your iPhone apps up to date. Not only will it ensure that you have all of the latest features available in your apps, but it will also allow the developers to patch up security flaws that could put you at risk.
Any app you install on your iPhone should automatically update. However, if you prefer to manage your updates manually, it is simple to do so.
Here’s how to manually update your iPhone apps, as well as how to disable automatic updates and what to do if your apps refuse to accept updates.
How to Manually Update Apps on Your iPhone
You’ll manage app updates in the same place you downloaded them: the App Store.
- On your iPhone, open the App Store and tap your profile icon in the upper-right corner.
- Continue scrolling down until you see a list of apps. Those with the word Update next to them can be updated, whereas those with the word Open have already been updated.
- Tap Update next to each app you want to update to begin the download/installation process.
How to Enable or Disable Automatic App Updates
You can enable or disable automatic app updates through the Settings app.
- Open the Settings app on your iPhone and scroll down to App Store.
- Tap the App Updates switch under the Automatic Downloads header to turn them on or off. Automatic updates are enabled when it is green and flipped to the right.
How to Troubleshoot iPhone Apps That Won’t Update
Your apps may occasionally fail to update automatically or manually. If you encounter this problem, try the following troubleshooting steps.
Check that you are connected to Wi-Fi
Some apps will not update if you use cellular data. You should wait until you’re in an area with a Wi-Fi signal before attempting to install the update.
To see if you’re connected to Wi-Fi, launch the Settings app and select Wi-Fi. You’ll see a network name with a checkmark next to it if you’re connected.
The update will be paused and restarted
When an app is updating, its icon will turn gray and you will be unable to open it. Usually, this resolves itself within a few minutes, but occasionally updates become “stuck,” and they never leave this grayed-out state.
To resolve this, tap the app’s icon to pause the update, then tap it again to restart it. If that doesn’t work, hold down the icon until a menu appears. Select Pause Download, then restart with Resume Download.
Reboot your iPhone
Sometimes restarting your phone is all that is required to get an update to work again.
Turn off your iPhone and then back on — if you’re not sure how see our article on how to restart or force-restart any iPhone model.
Remove and reinstall the app
If nothing else works, you may need to uninstall and reinstall the app from the App Store.
Don’t worry if it’s a paid app; you won’t have to pay for it again. The App Store remembers every app you’ve ever installed and lets you reinstall them with a single tap.
When you reinstall the app, you’ll get the most recent version, which includes the update.
Change your iPhone’s payment method
You won’t be able to download new apps (even free ones) or install new updates if you don’t have a valid payment method linked to your Apple ID account.
Through the Apple ID menu, you can add or remove payment methods from your iPhone. Check out our video on how to remove payment methods for more information.
If any of your payment methods have expired or have been declined, remove them and replace them. Once you’ve entered a valid payment method, try updating your app again.
Your iPhone has been factory reset
If everything else fails, it may be time to restore your iPhone to its factory default settings. This will erase all of your phone’s data, but it will almost certainly fix any software bugs you’re experiencing.