iPhone That Won’t Download Apps? How To Fix It

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There are now hundreds of million apps available in the App Store, and you can try as many apps as possible. Most of us usually keep apps installed on our iPhone up to date, but what to do if your iPhone won’t download or update apps? There are a lot of users complaining about this problem when they could not just update the apps, but could also be unable to download new ones too. If you are in the same trouble, and the App Store service is still active, read on this post to easily fix the issue.

Solutions to fix an iPhone that won’t download apps

Check Internet connection

The first thing you should do is to make sure your iPhone is already connected to a stable Wi-Fi or cellular data network.

  • If you use Wi-Fi: head to Settings > Wi-Fi and make sure to turn it on.
  • If you use Cellular data, simply navigate to Settings > Cellular and toggle Cellular data switch on.

One of the main why apps on your iPhone won’t update or download is due to the poor internet connection. You can also switch from Wi-Fi to cellular data and try it again.

Enable Airplane mode and turn it off

If you have already enabled Airplane mode on your iPhone, turn it off. There is a simple trick which can fix this problem – toggling Airplane mode. All you need is head to Settings, toggle the Airplane mode on, wait for 30 seconds and disable. This may sound crazy, but you should give it a try.

Restart App Store app

Sometimes, apps can behave strangely, and not work as intended. App Store is not an exception. If the App Store functions don’t work properly, and your iPhone is not able to update apps and download new ones, force quit the app and open it again. Double tap on the Home button (or swipe up from the bottom of the screen if you are using iPhone X or later models), and a preview of the apps recently used will show up. Swipe right or left to find out the App Store app and swipe it up on to close it. Then, return to the Home screen and open App Store again

Set Date & Time To Automatic

A simple trick, but effective in solving the problem is turning on “Set automatically” for Date & Time on your iPhone. To do so:

  1. Head to Settings
  2. Tap on General > Date & Time
  3. Toggle the “Set automatically” switch to turn it on.

If you have already enabled this option, move on to the next applicable solution.

Restart your iPhone

Reports like “My iPhone won’t download apps anymore” are not rare, and many iPhone users forget how effective a restart is. So, before trying other solutions, you should power your phone off and back on again. Press the Side button until you see “Slide to power off” command. Simply drag the slider to the right. If you are using iPhone X or higher models, press and hold Power button along with one of two Volume button for a few seconds.

After your iPhone is completely off, press and hold the Power button again until you see Apple logo.

Sign out from the App Store

Signing out from the App Store logging back in is also a good solution to fix the problem. Simply follow these steps below:

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Tap on iTunes & App Store
  3. Select your Apple ID
  4. Scroll down and tap on Sign Out
  5. Wait for a few minutes and sign it in again.

Renew Lease

If your iPhone is connected to a Wi-Fi network, but it cannot update or download apps, you can try “Renew Lease” in the connected Wi-Fi network to fix the problem. The process is pretty simple. Here is how to do so:

  1. Head to Settings
  2. Tap on Wi-Fi section
  3. Find your Wi-Fi network and tap on the (i) button next to it
  4. Tap on Renew Lease.

Free up storage space on iPhone

If you don’t have enough storage space on your phone, you are not able to download or update your favorite apps. So, what you need is to free up some space first. You can delete the apps you rarely use, photos, videos. You can also back up the files before removing them. Here is how to do so:

  1. From your Home screen, find the app you want to delete
  2. Tap and hold its icon until it starts jiggling
  3. Tap on “X” icon
  4. Tap on Delete and confirm your choice.

Update your iPhone to the latest iOS version

Bugs can be the main reason causing iPhone unable to download or update apps. If there is a new iOS update available, you should download and install it on your iPhone. You can do it wirelessly, or use iTunes if you want a clean installation.

To update your phone wirelessly:

  1. Connect your iPhone to the charger
  2. Head to Settings > General
  3. Tap on Software Update
  4. Choose Install Now if it’s available.


To update your iPhone through iTunes:

  1. Make sure the latest version of iTunes is already installed on your computer
  2. Plug your phone into the computer
  3. Open iTunes and click on your iPhone icon
  4. Click on Summary section > Check for Update
  5. Click on Update button

Reset all settings on your iPhone

If none of the previous methods helped you, the last resort you can try is reset all settings on your iPhone. Doing so will bring your customized settings to factory defaults, but apps and data on your device won’t be affected. Just head to Settings > General > Reset > Reset all settings. Enter your passcode when prompted and tap on the popup to confirm your action.

These are solutions to fix iPhone won’t download or update apps on your iPhone. If you have any question, let’s know in the comment below.


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