Installing apps updates on iPhone device is quite simple. For as long as your phone has a stable internet connection, you can check for and install pending apps updates in the App Store in no time. However, there are some factors that can hinder the App Store functions to work as intended. Tackled in this post are potential tweaks to eliminate relevant factors for apps that won’t update on iPhone X.
Troubleshooting iPhone X that can’t install apps updates
After installing an iOS update, it is always a must to check for and install pending apps updates on your iPhone device. This is to ensure that your in-apps will be able to cope up with the phone’s recent platform and maintain the apps stability. Doing so will also help prevent the occurrence of phone system failure in the future due to having out-dated apps.
If your iOS device can’t install apps updates and you are certain that you have excellent internet connection, your phone might be inflicted with various software glitches, erratic settings configurations, and iOS bugs. To eliminate these factors, try the applicable solutions we have listed below.
First solution: Reboot your iPhone X to fix apps won’t update issue (soft reset)
Giving your iPhone X a quick and clean start can rectify various post-update errors including apps update failure. Minor software glitches affecting your apps update function should then be eliminated after the process. To refresh your phone’s operating system, perform a soft reset using these steps:
- Press and hold the Side/Power button and either Volume button simultaneously for a few seconds.
- Release both buttons when the Slide to Power Off command appears.
- Drag the power off slider to the right to turn off your iPhone.
- Wait for 30 seconds, then press and hold the Side/Power button again and release when the Apple logo appears.
Once your iPhone has finished booting up, try to install apps updates again by heading to the App Store. If the apps won’t update still, move on to the next solution.
Second solution: Pause and then resume the app download on your iPhone X
When your iPhone loses connection to the App Store’s server, the app download will then get interrupted. To refresh the connection, pause and resume the app download. This method is often neglected by many users, but it’s definitely worth a try. Here’s how it’s done:
- From the Home screen, find the app’s icon that is being updated.
- Firmly press the app icon until the option to Resume Download, Pause Download, and Cancel download appears.
- Tap Pause Download.
- After a few seconds, firmly press the app icon again and tap Resume Download.
Check if there’s any improvement. If the apps won’t update still, try the next attainable solution.
Third solution: Log out from your Apple account and then log in again
It is possible that you were kicked out automatically from your Apple account after the iOS update, resulting for the apps updates to fail. To rule this out, check if you are still logged in to the App Store. If so, sign out of the App Store and sign in again using your valid Apple ID and password.
- Go to Settings from Home.
- Select iTunes & App Store menu.
- Tap Apple ID at the top of the screen.
- Tap Sign Out from the pop-up menu and then exit Settings.
- While you are logged out of the App Store, restart (soft reset) your iPhone X.
- Then head back to Settings->iTunes & App Store->Apple ID and then select your email address. Make sure to enter your correct password and select the option to log in again.
Once you are logged in to the Apple Store, try to update the apps and see if it is successful.
Fourth solution: Turn off restrictions to fix your iPhone X that won’t update apps
The iOS update could have possibly enabled apps restrictions on your iOS device, and the ability to install apps update could have been disabled. To turn off the apps restrictions, follow the steps lined up below:
- From the Home screen, go to Settings.
- Select Screen Time.
- Tap Content & Privacy Restrictions.
- Select Contents Restrictions.
- Scroll down to and tap on Apps menu.
- Then tap Allow All Apps option. You’ll then see a check mark next to this option which indicates that it has been enabled.
After making any necessary changes, restart (soft reset ) your iPhone X to apply the updates accordingly. Then try to install apps updates again.
Fifth solution: Check available memory space and free-up when needed
Insufficient memory storage can also be the underlying cause. Note that the new versions of the apps that you are trying to download may require larger space. Thus, the update won’t be successful unless you free-up your phone’s memory space. Follow these steps to check your phone’s available storage space:
- From the Home screen, launch the Settings app.
- Select General.
- Tap About.
- Scroll down to and select Available menu.
If your iPhone indeed has insufficient memory space, you can delete unwanted files or content like photos, videos, or unwanted apps to allocate the apps updates.
Sixth solution: Reset all settings
Often times, iOS update automatically overrides the phone’s customized settings. In which, some of the relevant settings for the phone to be able to communicate with the App Store server are compromised. But since it is hard to pinpoint which values and options need to be changed, carry out an all settings reset on your iPhone X instead. Doing so will delete all your phone’s customized settings including those erratic ones. Here’s how:
- From your Home screen, select Settings.
- Tap General.
- Scroll down to and tap Reset.
- Then select Reset all settings from the given options.
- If prompted, enter your device passcode if prompted.
- Then select the option to confirm the reset.
Once the reset is done, your iPhone will reboot by itself. Your phone’s settings are then restored to default. By then, enable all necessary features to use them again like Wi-Fi and proceed to customize your phone’s settings again. Make sure to set Date & Time to automatic. Simply head to Settings->General->Date & Time, then select Set Automatically.
Last resort: Perform a factory or master reset to fix iPhone X that can’t update apps
If you ran out of options to fix this app issue on your device, you can wipe everything from your phone’s internal memory including those major system glitches and tough bugs that prevent the apps to update. While these will eliminate these possible factors, all your important files will also get deleted so make sure to back them up with either iCloud or iTunes. Then proceed to restore your phone to factory default settings using these steps:
- Go to Settings from Home.
- Select General.
- Scroll to and tap Reset.
- Select Erase all content and settings.
- If prompted, enter your device passcode.
- Then select the option to confirm factory reset.
Once the process has been completed, follow the onscreen instructions to set up your iPhone as new again.
Still unable to update apps on your iPhone X?
If none of the given solutions above addresses the apps update issue on your iPhone device, you can connect your iPhone X to the computer to install pending apps updates and turn on automatic updates. This process will require you a Mac or Windows computer with the latest iTunes software installed. Once your iPhone is connected to the computer, launch iTunes. Click on iTunes menu->Preferences->Downloads tab. Make sure to put check marks on the boxes, then click OK. Afterwards, you can contact Apple Support to escalate the issue.