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How to update apps on the iPhone?

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Applications across platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Android and iOS, among others, have made life much more convenient and unlike hardware, the beauty of an app is that it can be fixed through over-the-air (OTA) updates instantly.

Similar to other gadgets, iOS apps for iPhone by varying developers also receive updates frequently, which not only add new features to the app sometimes but also consists of bug fixes, minor patches and security updates.

To have the best experience while using an app on your iPhone or any other gadget, it’s recommended that you keep all the apps up to date. This will not only ensure that you don’t miss out on any new features pushed through updates but also that you’re using the most secure version of the app.

While the App Store makes things simple as far as the app ecosystem on the iPhone and iPad is concerned and also offers users the option to switch on automatic app updates, it’s possible that for some reason — ranging from your settings to a bug in the app store or scheduled auto-update — the apps on your iPhone do not auto-update or the update is delayed.

In such a case, you can manually update your apps through the App Store on your iPhone and if you’re unable to figure out how to that, then here’s a step-by-step guide to help you update your iPhone and iPad’s apps.

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Updating apps on iPhone and iPad

Open the App Store on your iPhone or iPad and follow the steps mentioned below to update the apps on your device.

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  • Tap on the profile icon at the top-right of your App Store’s homepage.
  • Scroll down a bit to see a list of all the app updates available on the next screen.
  • Here you can either tap on the Update button beside a specific app or tap on the Update All option at the top of the list.

As soon as the app update starts, you’ll see a stop icon in a circle, which fills as the update download completes.

If you want to update a specific app, you can alternatively also search for the app via the Search tab at the bottom-right of the App Store and tap on the Update button beside the app’s name, which will only appear if there’s an update available; otherwise you’ll see the Open button.

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How to setup automatic app updates on your iPhone?

Open your iPhone or iPad’s Settings and follow the steps mentioned below to enable or disable automatic app updates.

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  • Scroll down and tap on iTunes & App Store.
  • On the next page, tap on the toggle button beside App Updates under Automatic Downloads to enable or disable auto-updates of your iPhone’s apps.

You can also control if the automatic updates are downloaded on mobile data or not and set a limit on mobile data consumed by automatic downloads on the same page under Mobile Data.

If auto-updates don’t work for you, follow the steps in the guides above to manually update apps on your iPhone or iPad.

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Yatharth Singh

Yatharth is the Marketing Head at Candid.Technology. He sometimes writes about Apple, Gaming and Social Platforms and also indulges in offbeat tech stuff from time to time. Contact Yatharth via email: