How to: Fix iOS not updating applications

[ 0 ] Wednesday, 23 March 2016 |


There are occasions where our (mostly) perfect portable Apple iDevices (yes, I’m still using that term!) don’t quite work as we, or Apple, intended. One such instance is where a device gets it’s App Store credentials in a pickle.

I’m guessing you’ve landed here as a result of searching Google (other search engines are available) whilst seeking a solution to your iOS device not updating it’s App Store applications.

Typical examples of the problem include:

  • Apps no longer auto update despite your settings being configured to do so
  • Tapping “Update” against an app in your updates pending list results in brief glimpse of the update circle before “Update” reappears


Occasionally tapping the Update button repeatedly will see the update eventually take. In my experience this is limited to free apps.

On to the fix:

  • Open Settings
  • Scroll down and tap on “iTunes and App Store”
  • Tap your Apple ID when it appears at the top of the next screen
  • Tap “Sign out”
  • Once you’ve signed out you need to sign back in by tapping Apple ID again
  • Enter your email address assigned to your Apple ID and password

That’s it. You should now be able to update those troublesome stuck apps.

(Note: When I’ve seen this problem I have had a couple of occasions where I’ve had to force close an app before I can apply it’s update although this shouldn’t be necessary).

TL;DR – Log out of the App Store and back in again to refresh your credentials. Apple’s mechanism for checking if you’re entitled to the application installer has got itself in a pickle.


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Category: App Store, Apple, How To, iOS, iPad, iPhone, iTouch

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