It is critical to keep your apps up to date. Outdated apps can cause a variety of problems. It may, for example, cause your device to slow down or crash, requiring a restart. Aside from that, updating your iOS or iPadOS apps gives you access to the most recent features and enhancements.

This is a useful feature. App publishers for iOS and iPadOS update their apps on a regular basis to add new features and fix bugs. You can also delegate these updates to iOS or iPadOS.

You can manually or automatically update the apps you’ve downloaded and installed from the App Store on your iOS or iPadOS device. Manual updates require you to launch the App Store app and update your apps individually or collectively. If you want your apps to update automatically, you can enable automatic downloads so you don’t have to keep track of them. This way, iOS or iPadOS will automatically update your apps and games.

Automatic app updates are enabled by default if you have iOS 13 (or later) or iPadOS 13 (or later). You can disable this by going to Settings > [your name] > iTunes & App Store. Then you can choose whether to enable or disable App Updates. When this is disabled, your iPhone or iPad will display the “Update All” option, and the App Store icon will display a red badge indicating that updates are available. So that you can manually update your apps whenever a new version is released.

Some users have reported that even when automatic app updates are enabled, app updates are not automatically installed. If you are experiencing the same issue, this article is for you.

How to Fix Automatic App Updates Not Working on iPhone/iPad

This guide will walk you through the process of resolving this issue. The steps are listed in chronological order. Test your problem after completing each of the steps below. Continue with the steps below until your problem is resolved.

Before you continue with the steps below, app updates require that your iPhone or iPad has an active Wi-Fi connection to the Internet or a cellular-data connection.

Restarting Your iPhone/iPad

If your iPhone/iPad has been running for several days or even months, it may be bloated with background apps or services.

As a result, if you haven’t restarted your device in a long time, updates may have difficulty downloading and installing. As a result, we should restart your device.

Follow the steps below to restart your iPhone/iPad:

  1. Hold down the Volume Down and Power Button on your iPhone/iPad until the Slide to Power Off toggle appears.
  2. Then, to turn off your iPhone/iPad, press and slide the Slide to Power Off button to the right (as shown below).
How to Fix Automatic App Updates Not Working on iPhone/iPad

When the iPad has completely shut down (the screen will be completely black), press and hold the Power Button once more to turn it back on.

Check to see if your apps are automatically updating again. If your apps still aren’t updating, move on to the next step.

Try to Pause and Resume the App Download Process

Some interruptions may occur when an app is updating.

A possible interruption could be losing internet connection, even for a fraction of a second. One such interruption could cause an app’s update process to stall, causing it to fail to complete or update at all.

Fortunately, there is a simple solution. We can simply pause and then resume the app download.

To accomplish this, simply follow the steps outlined below:

  1. Navigate to home screen and select the app you want to repair. Then, hold your finger on the App Icon.
  2. Then you should see a button that says “Pause Download.” Simply press this button (as shown below).
  3. After pausing the download, tap the button once more to resume it.
How to Fix Automatic App Updates Not Working on iPhone/iPad

Your app should now begin updating automatically again. If your app still isn’t updating, move on to the next step.

Connecting your Device to Wi-Fi

If you have confirmed that automatic updates are enabled but your apps are still not updating automatically, one possible cause is that you are not connected to Wi-Fi.

Due to the size of the update, apps may fail to update when not connected to Wi-Fi. Some Apple users have reported this. When downloading an app update that is too large, it may consume an excessive amount of mobile data. As a result, Apple limits large updates to Wi-Fi only.

And if you are never connected to Wi-Fi, you will be unable to install updates for these apps.

Check to see if automatic updates are working now after you’ve tried enabling Wi-Fi if it wasn’t already enabled.

If Wi-Fi was previously enabled, try disabling and then re-enabling it. If automatic updates are still failing for you, move on to the next step.

Checking the Storage of your iPhone/iPad

One reason apps may not update automatically is that your device’s storage is full or nearly full.

We would advise you to keep a few gigabytes of storage free on your iPhone/iPad at all times. This is due to the fact that your iPhone/iPad requires extra space to run smoothly, and this extra space also affects app updates.

Follow the steps below to determine how much space is available on your iPhone/iPad:

  1. Launch the Settings app.
  2. Then, select General, followed by iPhone/iPad Storage (as shown below).
How to Fix Automatic App Updates Not Working on iPhone/iPad

If the space available to your device is limited (for example, less than 1 to 2 gigabytes), you could try going to your device’s home screen and uninstalling unneeded or unused apps, or deleting other data, such as photos, to free up space.

If you don’t want to delete anything, you could try transferring some of your device data to iCloud (see ‘Turn on iCloud Photos’ and ‘Save space on your device’).

When you have enough space to install updates, your apps should resume updating automatically. If they are still not updating automatically, proceed to the next step.

Update the Date and Time on Your Device

If your device’s date and time are incorrect, apps may fail to update properly or at all. This could be because automatic updates determine when to update apps based on when an app’s update is released. Furthermore, if your date and time are incorrect, automatic updates may fail.

As a result, we must ensure that the date and time on our device are correct.

To check if your iPhone/date iPad’s and time are correct, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Then, select General, followed by Date & Time.
How to Fix Automatic App Updates Not Working on iPhone/iPad

If the date and time are incorrect, you should correct them. Enable the Set Automatically button if you want the date and time to be automatically updated.

How to Fix Automatic App Updates Not Working on iPhone/iPad

Now that your date and time are correct, your apps should begin updating automatically again. Don’t worry if they still aren’t! We still have another possibility for you. See the next step for another possible solution to the automatic app updates not working.

Visit Apple’s Services for Status Updates

If you’ve tried every other method in this article, there’s one more thing you could try: checking Apple’s services for potential issues.

They provide various updates on how Apple’s services are performing on Apple’s ‘System Status’ website. If there are any problems with the App Store, for example, they will be displayed there.

  1. Visit the System Status page.
  2. Locate the App Store from the list of services.
  3. There are no problems because the light next to it is green. If it is yellow, red, or orange, it means that the Apple Store service is experiencing disruptions or downtime. If this is the case, you will find more information about the issue.
How to Fix Automatic App Updates Not Working on iPhone/iPad

That brings us to the end of our guide on how to fix automatic app updates not working on iPad. If you are aware of any other potential solutions that were not mentioned in this article, please share them in the comments section below!