How to update iPhone apps

Updated: June 13, 2023
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How to update iPhone apps
by Peter Davis
Tech Expert & Writer
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Five useful tips that will simplify the process and help solve problems.

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Turn on auto-update apps on your iPhone

The easiest and most correct option is to use the corresponding function, thanks to which iOS will independently install updates for your apps as they are released.

To do this, open the system settings, go to the App Store, and under Automatic Downloads, turn on the Software Updates toggle switch.

Install updates from the App Store

The iPhone automatically downloads and installs available updates when you're not using your smartphone or when it's connected to a charger. If you don't want to wait, you can do it faster.

Open the App Store under the Today tab, tap your account avatar, and click Update next to a specific app or Update All at the top.

Update the iPhone app manually

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As a rule, updates do not appear on the App Store update list immediately. If you try to install the next version immediately after the message about its release, it might not yet be in the offered options. In this case, you can act manually from the application page.

To do this, go to the search tab and enter the name of the desired program in the App Store.

Open the application from the list and click Update or tap the update button right in the output.

Use forced update

Sometimes the update installation freezes, especially when there are a lot of applications or when the Internet speed is too slow. The situation can be corrected by prioritizing the download of a particular program. This way, it will be updated first.

Find the application on your desktop, hold your finger on its icon, and select Prioritize Download from the pop-up menu.

Check the App Store status

If an app won't update, and if it takes forever to load when you open the App Store, there's a possibility that there's a problem with the App Store.

Go to the special page where Apple publishes the availability of all its services and check the App Store line. If it has a red circle next to it, it's worth trying later when it's back up and running.

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