Why won’t my apps refresh on my iPhone?

Answered by Edward Huber

There could be several reasons why your iPhone apps won’t refresh or update. In order to troubleshoot this issue, let’s go through some possible solutions and steps you can take.

1. Check your internet connection: One common reason for apps not refreshing or updating is a poor or unstable internet connection. Make sure you are connected to a reliable Wi-Fi network or have a strong cellular data signal. You can test your internet connection by visiting a website or using other apps that require internet access.

2. Verify your Apple ID: It’s important to ensure that you are signed in with the correct Apple ID on your iPhone. Open the App Store and tap on your profile picture at the top right corner. Check if you are signed in with the correct Apple ID. If not, sign out and then sign back in with the correct account.

3. Check for app updates manually: By default, your iPhone is set to automatically update apps. However, you can manually check for updates in the App Store. Open the App Store, tap on your profile picture, and scroll down to the “Available Updates” section. If there are updates available, tap on “Update All” or individually update the apps that are not refreshing.

4. Restart your iPhone: Sometimes a simple restart can resolve various software issues. Press and hold the power button (or the side button) until the “Slide to power off” slider appears. Slide it to turn off your iPhone, then wait a few seconds and press and hold the power button again until the Apple logo appears. This will restart your device and may help refresh the apps.

5. Clear App Store cache: Clearing the App Store cache can help resolve issues with app updates. Open the App Store and tap on your profile picture. Scroll down and tap on “Clear Cache” under the “Developer” section. Confirm the action and then try updating the apps again.

6. Update iOS: Keeping your iPhone’s operating system up to date is essential for the smooth functioning of apps. Go to the Settings app, tap on “General,” and then select “Software Update.” If an update is available, download and install it. This may fix any bugs or glitches causing issues with app updates.

7. Disable restrictions: If you have enabled restrictions on your iPhone, it might prevent app updates. Go to the Settings app, tap on “Screen Time,” and then select “Content & Privacy Restrictions.” If enabled, enter your passcode and disable any restrictions related to app updates or the App Store.

8. Reset network settings: Resetting your network settings can help resolve any network-related issues that might be preventing app updates. Go to the Settings app, tap on “General,” scroll down and select “Reset,” then choose “Reset Network Settings.” Note that this will remove saved Wi-Fi passwords, so you’ll need to re-enter them.

If none of these steps resolve the issue, it’s possible that there could be a problem with a specific app or your iPhone’s hardware. In such cases, you may want to try deleting and reinstalling the problematic app or contact Apple Support for further assistance.

Remember, these steps are general troubleshooting methods, and your specific situation may vary. It’s always a good idea to regularly update your apps to ensure you have the latest features and security patches.