How to Fix iOS 11 Apps Not Downloading or Updating on iPhone and iPad

iPhone and iPad apps not updating in iOS 11 is one of the most common issues today. There are countless iPhone and iPad users who are unable to download or update apps in iOS 11.

There can be different reasons for this app not updating in iOS 11 issue, but to find a solution is anybody’s guess. Well, when your iPhone not downloading apps, your patience is being tested and guesses will not work.

So how to resolve the issue of iOS 11 apps not downloading from App Store in iPhone X, 8 Plus, 8, 7 Plus, 7, 6(s) Plus, 6(s) and iPad?

Well, we have tried different solutions on our iOS devices and now we are offering a few that worked.

Remember that apps stuck on downloading or updating issue visits you every year Apple introduces new software. And therefore, you need to be prepared to get rid of app store not updating apps problem.


Can’t Download or Update Apps in iOS 11 on iPhone X, 8 Plus, 8, 7 Plus, 7, 6(s) Plus, 6(s) and iPad  

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1. Change Wi-fi Internet Network

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This sounds pretty strange for any iOS user in the world, but believe me this trick works. And it worked for me, so probably you will also get positive results.

When I tried to update apps at my office Wi-fi, it failed. But when I got home and put apps on update, I was surprised to find apps updated.


2. Sign Out of App Store & Sign In

This action will refresh your App Store and you may download or update apps in iOS 11 on your iPhone or iPad.


3. Clear App Store Cache

Like other iPhone and iPad apps, your App Store too creates memory or cache, which needs to be cleared regularly.

An iPhone App Store memory issue can spoil your interaction with App Store, especially when you can’t update apps. In this situation, you need to clear App Store cache memory on your iPhone and iPad.

Also Check: How to Clear iPhone Ram Memory


4. Update Apps with a Different Method

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Almost all iPhone and iPad users update apps by tapping on the Update button from Pending Updates screen.

You can ditch this habit and try something new; tap on the app icon and then tap on the Update button to check the outcome.


5. Set Date & Time Automatically

When you are dealing with mobile technology, you should be prepared to expect the unexpected.

Date and time setting has nothing to do with the issue of apps not downloading on iPhone or iPad in iOS 11. However, this workaround solves the issue.

Step #1: Open Settings on your iOS device.

Open Settings on iPhone or iPad running iOS 11

Step #2: Now tap on General.

Step #3: Next, tap on Date & Time option.

Step #4: Last, toggle Set Automatically option ON. If it is already ON, you can toggle it OFF and then again turn it ON.


6. Delete and Reinstall App

Delete and Reinstall App

This is one of the most effective solutions when you face the issue of apps stuck on downloading or updating.

You can delete the app by pressing and holding the app, and when the app begins to jiggle, tap on the delete (x) button seen on the top left corner of the apps.

Once the app is deleted, open App Store and reinstall the app. If you are using iPhone 6s/6s Plus or iPhone 7/7 Plus, you should be careful while long pressing the app as this action may invoke 3D Touch option.

Also Check : How to Delete Stock Apps from iPhone or iPad


7. Download or Update Apps via iTunes

Check this guide to get App Store back in iTunes.

Step #1: Sync your iOS device with Mac or Windows computer through lightning cable.

Step #2: Before your iPhone or iPad icon, you will see a drop-down menu; click on it and a list of options will appear.

Step #3: From the drop-down list, you need to click on Apps.

Step #4: Next, click on Updates from the menu seen in the center of iTunes screen.

Step #5: Now you need to click on the app you want to update. Your iTunes will present some essential information like version, developer, release date, and size of the app.

Step #6: Then click on Update button.

Step #7: When the app is updated, you should click on iPhone/iPad icon and then click on Apps.

Step #8: Here, you are supposed to click on the app you have updated a little while ago.

Step #9: Click on Update again.

Step #10: Finally, sync your iOS device.


8. Turn Automatic Updates ON/OFF

Step #1: Open Settings.

Step #2: Swipe down and launch iTunes & App Store.

Step #3: Under AUTOMATIC DOWNLOADS section, you can see Updates.

Step #4: Simply turn this option ON and then OFF.


9. Manage Storage

Sometimes iTunes shows attitude and doesn’t allow you to delete apps from there; this is a common issue for iPad users as they cannot delete apps using iTunes. You can resolve this issue by following this trick.

Step #1: Launch Settings app on your iOS device.

Step #2: Next, tap on General.

Step #3: Now tap on iPhone Storage option.

Step #4: You will see all apps available on your iOS device. Tap on the app that creates problems.

Step #5: Tap on Delete App button; again tap Delete App button to confirm your action. The app will be deleted, and you can reinstall the same.

Tap on Delete App

Also Check: How to Enable Optimize Storage in Music App


10. Use Cellular Data

Normally users download and update apps using Wi-fi network at office or home. But sometimes, Wi-fi network becomes weak and this directly causes issues with apps not downloading on iPhone.

To avoid this situation, you can use cellular data or mobile data on your iPhone.

Step #1: Open Settings app on your iPhone.

Step #2: Now tap on Cellular from the list.

Step #3: Turn ON Cellular Data.

Step #4: Here, toggle ‘App Store’ ON.

Though this will solve your issue of iPhone or iPad apps not updating in iOS 11, your cellular data will be consumed exorbitantly.


11. Check iOS Device Storage Space

If you have downloaded many apps, stored photos/videos, documents, and Messages, your device storage will show little space. This is when you need to free up space in iOS 11 to fix iPhone storage full issue.

To check iOS device storage space:

Settings → General → iPhone Storage.

Tap on iPhone Storage

You can check the storage of Apps, Mail, Photos, Books and Other in different color bars.


12. Apple ID Verification

Many users use multiple Apple IDs, and this creates great confusion especially when they have to update apps on iOS 11 devices. You need to check if you are using the correct Apple ID on your iPhone or iPad.

Step #1: Launch Settings app on your iPhone/iPad.

Step #2: Tap on your Profile, i.e. your name. This is the first option on the Settings screen.

Alternatively, you can check your Apple ID from iTunes & App Store.

Settings→ iTunes & App Store.

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Your Apple ID will appear on the top.

Tap on Apple ID.

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13. Reset Network Settings

Step #1: Launch Setting on your iOS device.

Step #2: Tap on General

Step #3: Next, tap on Reset option.

Step #4: Here you will find Reset Network Settings option, tap on it. (Enter passcode if required)

Step #5: Confirm your action by tapping on Reset Network Settings option again from POP-UP


14. Reset All Settings

When everything fails, you need to Reset all settings on your iPhone or iPad.

Settings→ General→ Reset→ Reset All Settings.

Note that you have to enter your iPhone or iPad passcode twice to Reset All Settings on the device.


15. Reboot your iPhone/iPad

iPhone Restarting

For multiple issues occurring on your iOS device, reboot is one of the easiest solutions to follow. Here, if your iOS 11 apps won’t downloading, you can try this solution to achieve good results quickly.

Simply press and hold Home and Power button at the same time for 10 odd seconds; your screen will go blank and then flash with Apple logo. Now, you need to release the buttons; your iOS device is rebooted.

The overuse of power and home button causes will disable you to reboot your iOS device; in this situation, you can restart your iPhone or iPad without a home button and power button.

If you are using iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, you have to follow a different method to reboot the device.

That’s it!


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