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Updating Apps on iPhone


  • iOS 13 and higher
  • iOS 12 and higher
  • Turn on auto-updating apps
  • How updating apps and games without Wi-Fi

By default, iOS has auto-update enabled for the operating system and the apps used in its environment, but this feature may well be deactivated or waiting for the “right time” to download and install updates. Below we will tell you how to update the applications on your iPhone, if you need to do it right here and now.

Some mobile software for its normal operation requires that the latest major version of the operating system is installed on your smartphone, so before proceeding to perform the following instructions, check the availability of iOS update, and if it will be available, download and install it.

iOS 13 and higher

One of the many innovations of iOS 13 was a minor, but important in our case, change to the App Store interface, from which the tab “Updates” simply disappeared. Now in its place is the Arcade section, but it is still possible to update applications on the iPhone, and it is done almost as easy.

Launch the App Store and, in any of the first three tabs, click on the image of your profile, located in the upper right corner.

Swipe down a bit to the “Pending Updates” block in the “Account” section that opens.

This is where you can either “Update” any individual program from the list, or “Update All”.

You can also view information about the update by going to the page of the specific application. From there, you can also run the update process.

All you have to do next is wait for the new version of the application to be downloaded and installed, and the application itself will move to the “Recently Updated” section.

After the completion of the process, the “Pending updates” block will disappear from the “Account” menu. To close this window, you need to tap on the “Done” inscription. If you did not see a list similar to the one in the example above, it means that all applications are currently up to date.

As you can see, there’s nothing difficult about updating an app on the iPhone even though this feature is now hidden in the not very obvious section of the Apple Store. The only drawback is that you can not immediately see the number of available updates, although sometimes this information can be useful.

iOS 12 and higher

In previous versions of Apple’s mobile operating system, the solution to our problem today was carried out in an even simpler and more obvious way.

Launching the App Store, you will immediately see whether updates are available for programs on the iPhone, and if so, how many – there will be a red “sticker” with a number on the “Updates” icon, located in the bottom panel. If it’s there, go to that tab.

Here you can either “Update All” or “Update” any individual app or each but one at a time.

Beforehand, you can read the description of the new version or their history by going to its page.
Wait for the updates to be downloaded and installed, and the Store can be minimized.
Previously, it was even easier to update an iOS app than it is now.

Turn on auto-updating apps

If you don’t want to manually check for app updates every time and install them yourself, you should activate the auto-update feature. You can do this in your Apple ID settings.

Go to “Settings” on your iPhone and, depending on the iOS version installed, do the following:
iOS 13: tap on the first section in the list, your Apple ID, and select “iTunes Store and App Store” from there.
iOS 12: go straight to “iTunes Store and App Store” in the main settings list.

Slide the radio button next to Software Update to the active position.

Next, if you wish, you can also configure whether and how apps will be updated via cellular data. Read more about all the nuances in the next part of the article.

Once you activate this feature, installing program updates will run in the background without the need to turn to the App Store, but this does not negate the possibility of manual downloads we discussed above.

Updating apps and games without Wi-Fi

Many programs and especially games developed for the Apple OS can take hundreds of megabytes or even gigabytes, and their updates are sometimes quite “heavy” too. Such volumes of data can be downloaded over Wi-Fi without any problems, but it is not always possible over a cellular network. The reason, as we know, lies in the long-standing iOS restriction that allows downloading no more than 200 MB over the mobile network. But not everyone knows that in the current version of the operating system this ridiculous limit can be easily removed, and in previous versions (12 and even older) it can be bypassed. All available options to solve this problem, we previously described in a separate article, written on the example of games, but equally effective for programs.

There’s nothing difficult about updating an app on your iPhone, no matter what version of iOS it has installed (assuming, of course, that it’s still supported by the developers).