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How to fix iPhone 8 Plus apps that won’t update [Troubleshooting Guide]

Some people don’t care whether or not their apps are updated but others don’t want to miss installing a single update. If you’re the latter type, then it will surely be a big deal if updates are available but your apps won’t update. Unfortunately, such things can happen when you don’t expect regardless of the device in use.

Highlighted in this post are simple workarounds and potential solutions you can try on, should you bumped into the same issue when attempting to update apps on your iPhone 8 Plus. Read on to find out what to do if apps won’t update on your iPhone 8 Plus.

For those who are looking for a solution to a different problem, drop by our troubleshooting page for we have already addressed some of the most common issues with this phone. Browse through the page to find issues that are similar with yours and use the solutions we suggested. If they don’t work for you or if you still need our help, contact us anytime through our iPhone issues questionnaire.

How to troubleshoot iPhone 8 Plus that won’t update applications

Before you troubleshoot your iPhone, care to check the Apple service status page and see if the App Store server is up. If the server is down, then there’s no need to troubleshoot as you only need to wait until it is back up and running again. If it’s up but you still cannot update apps on your iPhone 8 Plus, then move on and try these workarounds.

First solution: Restart the App Store app.

Even the App Store app can succumb into random glitches and you’ll know when the app glitching if it suddenly stops working as intended. If it only occurs that your apps won’t update, it’s probably just the App Store that’s going rogue. The simplest way to rectify minor app glitches is to restart the app. This means the need to end the App Store on your iPhone 8 Plus. So here’s what you should do then:

  1. Open the App Switcher by tapping on the Home key twice.
  2. Swipe up on the App Store preview card to close it.
  3. Also close any other background apps to prevent them from causing trouble especially when they crashed.

At this point, the app should be closed completely and will no longer be running in the background.

Second solution: Reboot your iPhone 8 Plus (soft reset).

Closing the app may sometimes not be enough to rectify the error especially if it has something to do with iOS. However, this can still be remedied by a soft reset or device restart. It effectively clears minor software errors that may be affecting the App Store operations that resulted to updating failure. To soft reset your iPhone 8 Plus, follow these steps:

  1. Press and hold the Power/Side button for a few seconds until the Slide to Power Off button appears.
  2. Drag the power off slider to the right to shut the phone down.
  3. After 30 seconds, press and hold the Power/Side button and then release when the Apple logo appears.

A soft reset does not affect your iPhone data, thus it’s a safe process to carry out. After your iPhone reboots, retry installing app updates from the App Store and see if it’s already working.

Third solution: Turn off Wi-Fi shortly then turn on again.

Network connectivity errors may also be the main reason why apps won’t be able to update. This is usually the case when your iPhone 8 Plus is experiencing problems on slow browsing, intermittent connection, or no Internet connection at all. To clear out minor network connection errors, try to disconnect from and then reconnect to your Wi-Fi network. Or simply turn off Wi-Fi on your iPhone shortly and then on again.

  • To access and manage Wi-Fi settings on your iPhone 8 Plus, go to Settings-> Wi-Fi menu, then tap the Wi-Fi switch to turn the feature off. After a few seconds, tap the switch again to turn Wi-Fi back on.

Another way to clear Wi-Fi errors and to restart Wi-Fi connections is by turning Airplane Mode on and then off again. Wireless functions of the phone are automatically disabled when Airplane mode is turned on. Toggling the Airplane mode switch on and off is therefore the same as restarting the phone’s wireless functions. This old trick had already done wonders to many iPhone owners who have dealt with random network connectivity issues hence it won’t hurt to give it a try. You can access this feature through your iPhone Settings-> Airplane Mode menu, or from the Control Center. If that doesn’t work, then you may have to resort to software resets.

Fourth solution: Reset network settings on your iPhone 8 Plus.

The previous trick may not be able to deal with the problem if it has something to do with network settings errors. In this case, performing a network settings reset would be necessary. Doing so will erase current network settings on the phone and then restores the original values or default network settings. Here’s how it’s done:

  1. Tap Settings from the Home screen.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Scroll to and tap Reset.
  4. Select Reset Network Settings from the given options.
  5. If prompted, enter your device passcode to continue.
  6. Then tap Reset Network Settings again to confirm.

You will know when the reset is finished if your iPhone restarts by itself. After it reboots, you will need to reconnect to your Wi-Fi network to use the Internet and online apps on your iPhone again.

Fifth solution: Reset all settings on your iPhone 8 Plus.

Invalid system settings on the phone can adversely affect relevant apps and functionalities. This usually happens to an iPhone after installing a new software update that’s programmed to automatically wipe or override system settings on the receiving device. And this is when resetting all settings on the iPhone is needed. Doing so will wipe all system settings on the phone and then restores the default values. Unlike a master reset, this reset won’t affect internal data so it won’t delete any information you saved on your iPhone storage. If you wish to try it, then here’s how it’s done:

  1. Tap Settings from the Home screen.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Scroll to and tap Reset.
  4. Select Reset All Settings from the given options.
  5. If prompted, enter your device passcode to continue.
  6. Then tap the option to confirm system settings.

After resetting system settings on your device, you will need to enable necessary features including Wi-Fi networks so you can use them again on your phone.

Other options

If none of the above solutions worked, then try signing out of the App Store and the then sign in again. Minor account issues can also mess up App Store’s usual operations.

  • To do this, go to Settings-> iTunes & App Store-> Apple ID, then tap the option to Sign Out.

After signing out, restart or soft reset your iPhone and then sign into your iTunes & App Store account again. Make sure you enter the correct Apple ID and password.

You can also escalate the problem to your carrier or Apple Support so that they can double-check the current App Store system status or Apple servers. Should there be any advanced App Store troubleshooting required, they can also walk you through the process. Just let them know of what you’ve done on your end thus far, so you won’t do the same procedures you’ve carried out. If you see any error message or codes while attempting to update apps on your iPhone 8 Plus through the App Store, relay the information to the support team so they can use it as reference to determine what exactly has gone wrong and how to fix it.

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