How to fix an iPhone 8 Plus that cannot update apps in iOS 13

To ensure stability and optimum functionality, keeping apps up to date is highly recommended. In iOS devices, updates for built-in applications are usually embedded in firmware updates rolled out by Apple periodically. Third-party or downloaded apps on the other hand, receive updates from their respective software developers through the App Store. For as long as your device has sufficient storage space and it’s connected to the Internet, there shouldn’t be any problem implementing available app updates. This however isn’t the case to some iPhone 8 Plus owners following the recent iOS 13 update implementation. If you’re among the affected users, this post demonstrates some helpful workarounds that can be used to eliminate software-related factors that likely caused conflicts and prevented your apps from updating. Read on to find out what to do if your iPhone 8 Plus cannot update apps in iOS 13.

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Troubleshooting an iPhone 8 Plus that cannot update apps in iOS 13

If it’s not due to a network issue, then something from within your iPhone’s system structure must be the culprit. Find out what it is to fix the problem and get your apps updated through these lined up solutions.


First solution: Free up some space on your iPhone storage.

What your iPhone needs could only be some more space to allocate the update files for your apps. This is usually the case if your iPhone’s storage is already shrinking even way before it was updated. Note that the recent iOS 13 update file size is 2 gigabytes. If your iPhone storage is only up by a few megabytes before updating, chances are that its storage space is already running out after the update. As a result, your device can no longer allocate new files and thus unable to install any more updates for your apps. That being said, check your iPhone’s memory status and see if there’s a need for you to free up some space. Here’s how to get there:

  1. From the Home screen, tap Settings.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Select iPhone Storage.
  4. Scroll down to view used and available memory on the phone.

You can also examine the graph to view what is using the memory of your device or see how much memory each app is using.

If necessary, you can delete old and unwanted apps and files from your device.

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Second solution: Quit then restart the App Store.

The App Store app can also act up after a major system transition, especially when it’s left open or suspended during the update installation. As a result, the application is a bit glitchy or unstable. To fix problems like this, forcing the app to close then restarting it can help. So here’s what you should do next:

  1. Double-press the Home button to pull up the Apps Switcher or Multitasking screen. This screen contains the previews/cards of all applications you’ve recently used and left running in the background.
  2. Tap and drag the App Store app card/preview to the top-corner of the screen. Doing so forces the app to end.

If you see any other app previews, those apps are still running in the background so you might as well consider closing them all. This will prevent any of these background apps from interfering with the App Store, the next time you launch it to update your apps.


Third solution: Disconnect then reconnect to your Wi-Fi network.

Network connectivity issues can also be the main reason as to why App Store downloads aren’t working after the iOS 13 update. For example, the Wi-Fi network in use might have been corrupted after the update and that could have resulted in an unstable or intermittent connection to the Internet. If this happens, there’s a tendency for server connection timeout to occur. When your iPhone frequently disconnects from the App Store server, download errors are likely to transpire. To eliminate this from the underlying cause, forget your Wi-Fi network and then set it up to reconnect:

  1. From the Home screen, tap Settings-> Wi-Fi menu then make sure that the Wi-Fi switch is enabled. 
  2. Scroll down to the list of available Wi-Fi networks then find your Wi-Fi network.
  3. Select the name of your Wi-Fi network (SSID).
  4. Then tap the option to Forget this network.
  5. If prompted, tap the option to confirm that you’d like to forget the selected Wi-Fi network. 

The network will then be deleted or removed from the list. You can also use the same steps to delete all other saved Wi-Fi networks from your device. Doing this can help prevent your device from connecting to an open Wi-Fi automatically. 

After deleting all saved Wi-Fi networks, toggle the Wi-Fi switch to turn the feature off. While Wi-Fi is turned off, reboot your iPhone.

As soon as your phone boots up, head back to Settings-> Wi-Fi menu, and then toggle to turn the Wi-Fi switch back on. Wait for the list of available networks to populate then select your Wi-Fi network and tap Join or Connect. Enter the correct Wi-Fi password to confirm or authorized network login. Once your iPhone is reconnected to the Internet, retry updating apps via App Store and see if it’s already working as intended.

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Fourth solution: Sign out and back into your App Store account.

It is possible that your login session from the App Store has expired after the update and so it’s no longer valid. If this is what happened, you will need to log out from your App Store account and then log in again to refresh and revalidate login session to authorized App Store downloads and upgrades. Just follow these steps:

  1. From the Home screen, tap Settings.
  2. Select iTunes & App Store.
  3. Tap to select your Apple ID.
  4. Then tap Sign Out.
  5. Reboot your iPhone then go back to Settings-> iTunes & App Store menu.
  6. Enter your Apple ID and password.
  7. Then tap Sign In to log back into your App Store and iTunes account.

After successfully signing into your account, retry updating apps to see if it’s already working.


Fifth solution: Disable restrictions to fix your iPhone 8 Plus that cannot update apps in iOS 13.

Another possible hindrance to App Store downloads is your iPhone restriction. It is possible that App Store downloads have been restricted automatically after the update and thus, you can no longer update your apps. To fix the problem, follow these steps to disable restrictions for App Store so as to allow app updates and downloads:

  1. Tap Settings from the Home screen.
  2. Then tap on Screen Time.
  3. Select Content & Privacy Restrictions.
  4. Tap Content Restrictions.
  5. Enter your passcode, if prompted.
  6. Tap iTunes & App Store Purchases.
  7. Select a setting and set to Allow.

This setting will keep other applications restricted while allowing App Store Purchases.


Last option: Reset all settings on your iPhone.

Settings that were messed up during the update can also cause similar conflicts and therefore must be rectified. To eliminate any incorrect settings or invalid configurations that caused App Store errors, reset all settings on your iPhone through these steps:

  1. From your Home screen, tap Settings.
  2. Select General.
  3. Scroll down to and tap on Reset.
  4. Select Reset All Settings from the given options.
  5. Enter your device passcode if prompted to continue.
  6. Then tap Reset All Settings again to confirm that you want to reset all settings on your device.

This reset doesn’t affect any saved data on the internal memory, so you can expect that all your files are still saved and accessible from your iPhone storage afterwards. When the reset is finished, your phone should reboot on its own and then loads up the original values and options. This therefore denotes the need for you to re-enable individual features that you need to use on your phone again including Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections. Once your iPhone is back online, launch the App Store and retry installing pending app updates to see if they’re updating already.

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Still having the same problem with your iPhone 8 Plus that cannot update apps iOS 13?

Deleting and reinstalling the applications that you’re having trouble update in iOS 13 can also be considered as an alternative solution if all the aforementioned solutions failed to fix the problem. After deleting the apps, you can download and install its latest version available.

Escalating the problem to Apple Support is also recommended considering that the problem involves App Store services. This could be another iOS 13 bug that requires a permanent fix patch.

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