How To Fix Apps That Won’t Download or Update on iOS 13.1

After updating to iOS 13.1, some Apple users are having some difficulty with not being able to download and update their apps. This is a very rare problem and unusual since downloading and updating the apps is as simple as tapping a few buttons 

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Solution 1: Restart iPhone

A very simple and easy step  to start in solving apps that won’t download or update on iOS 13.1 is by restarting your device. A quick reset sometimes can start your phone in a fresh state. Most often, things that aren’t working before suddenly do and that includes downloading and updating apps. 

To restart your iPhone:

  1. Press and Hold the sleep/wake button at the right side of your device. 
  2. When the slider “Slide to power off” appears at the top of the screen, slide it from left to right. It then turns your iPhone off.
  3. Then, after a minute or two, press and hold  the sleep/wake button again until the Apple logo appears.
  4. Release the sleep/wake button and let the phone start up as normally.

Solution 2: Switch to WiFi

Most probably the cause of apps that won’t download or update on iOS 13.1 is because of poor signal to download or update. Downloading or updating your apps via cellular data isn’t always the best option since it greatly depends on your network’s signal coverage and sometimes some cellular data have limits on the allowed downloads and updates so when that exceeds its limit, it can surely cause this problem . Try switching to WiFi instead as it has a more stable and strong connection. If switching to WiFi still doesn’t help, try to “forget your network” then connect again. 

To do this, simply:

  1. Go to “Settings” from your Home Screen
  2. Tap on “WiFi
  3. Tap on the “Information” icon beside the WiFi signal you are connected to
  4. Tap and Select “Forget this Network
  5. Reconnect again by entering the correct WiFi password.

Solution 3: Check the App Store for ongoing problems

A simple force quit of the App Store can sometimes solve the problem on apps that won’t download or update on iOS 13.1, after which try to download or update the target app again. If the problem still persists, the next thing to check is your Apple ID. Try to sign out and sign back in your Apple ID. 

Here’s how to do this: 

  1. Tap on Settings from the Home Screen
  2. Tap iTunes & App Store
  3. Tap the Apple ID menu.
  4. In the pop-up menu, tap on Sign Out.
  5. Tap the Apple ID menu again and sign in with your Apple ID.

Solution 4: Check and Manage Available Storage

It is possible that perhaps the reason why apps that won’t download or update on iOS 13.1 because you do not have enough storage space available on your device. If that happens, your device cannot accommodate the new version of the app for update or the app you want to download. 

Check your free storage space by following these steps:

  1. Tap Settings.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap About.
  4. Scroll down to find the Available line. It displays the available space left on your device. 

Now to manage to free up space if there’s a need to do so here’s what to do:

  1. Tap Settings from the Home Screen
  2. Tap iPhone Storage
  3. Delete the apps that are no longer useful or you find unnecessary.

Solution 5: Delete and Reinstall the App

Deleting and reinstalling the app can sometimes help fix apps that won’t download or update on iOS 13.1 because sometimes an app just needs a fresh new start. Thereby when reinstalling the app, you’ll be installing the latest version of the app instead. 

To delete an app:

  1. Go to Settings from the Home Screen
  2. Select iPhone Storage
  3. Tap the App you want to delete
  4. Choose Delete App

To reinstall the app:

  1. Go to the App Store from the Home Screen
  2. Search the app>
  3. Tap on Get to start download.

Solution 6: Reset All Settings

If nothing else has worked so far to fix apps that won’t download or update on iOS 13.1 , let us proceed with a slightly more extreme step. This time let us try to reset all settings on your iPhone device.  

Don’t worry, this solution won’t delete any data from your iPhone. It just returns your settings and preferences into its original state. You can also have the option to change them back once your apps are updating again.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Tap Settings.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap Reset.
  4. Tap Reset All Settings.
  5. You may be asked to enter your passcode, if so enter Passcode.
  6. In the pop-up window, tap Reset All Settings.

Solution: Restore iPhone to Factory Settings

This solution should probably be your last resort if all else fails when trying to fix the issue on apps that won’t download or update on iOS 13.1. Before doing this, it is highly recommended to back up your files as these solution erases and deletes everything and starts your iPhone from scratch. 

How to back up your iPhone:

  1. Connect your device to a WiFi network.
  2. Tap Settings > iCloud > Backup.
  3. Turn on iCloud Backup.
  4. Make sure you are on a WiFi connection and tap Back Up now.

How to restore iPhone to Factory Settings:

  1. Go to Settings 
  2. Tap on General 
  3. Tap on Reset and then select Erase All Content and Settings.
  4. Input Passcode if required. After typing in your Passcode, a warning box will appear, with the option to Erase iPhone. Select this.
  5. Re-enter again Apple ID password to confirm the selection
  6. Device goes back to its initial start up screen

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