Almost every mobile app, whether iOS or Android, gets an update now and then. The reason for app updates is to freshen things up and eradicate the bugs too. Lately, few iPhone/iPad users have been found complaining that some apps get stuck on updates. What it means that they keep on waiting/loading but never progress.

There could be a lot of reason why this could be happening. The good news is that it is not a big issue to be worried about. This article will explain a few steps that can help you address this issue. Make sure to check the progress after every method as any one of them could help you and hence making the other options irrelevant. Here are the methods.

Check Settings:

It just could be a minor setting that needs some refreshing creating the issue. To check that, you need to:

1. Go to the Settings on your iPhone.
tap on the option iTunes and App Store

2. Locate and tap on the option iTunes and App Store.

3. Tap the Apple ID and hit Sign Out.

4. Restart your device.

5. Relaunch the iTunes and App Store from settings and sign in back.

6. Now go to the App Store and check if it has helped the cause.

Force Restart:

Try a simple restart first as it may work. If it doesn’t, opt for a force restart. It is different for different iPhone models. Here is how to force restart different iPhone models:

For iPhone 8 or Later:

Quickly press-release the volume up button, then press-release the volume down button in quick succession. Once done, press-hold the sleep/wake button until the Apple logo appears on the screen.

For iPhone 7 & 7 Plus:

Press-hold the sleep/wake button in tandem with volume down button for at least 7-10 seconds. Do not release them until the Apple logo appears on the screen.

For iPhone 6 Plus & Previous Models:

Press-hold the home and side/top button (as per the model) for 10 seconds. Do not release them until the Apple logo appears on the screen.

Use iTunes on Computer:

Sometimes, an app is just playing games on a particular device. For example, if you are trying to update WhatsApp on your iPhone and it isn’t working, you can try it updating via an alternative route. You can delete that app from your iPhone (data would have been backed up) and download it on your Mac/PC using iTunes. Once downloaded, sync to transfer the app (s) to your iPhone.

Free Up the Storage Space:

Sometimes, it is your own doing that is preventing the app to update. Your iPhone’ storage may be full or not enough to accommodate the size of the app’ update. It is often the case that some updates (especially for games) are bigger than their original size and if the device doesn’t have enough space, these updates get stuck. So, you need to check if you have enough iPhone storage for the update to install. You can check storage space by:

1. Go to the Settings on your iPhone.

2. Tap on the option General.
tap the option iPhone Storage

3. Next, tap the option iPhone Storage. You will get to know the total and occupied storage space of your iPhone.

4. Consider deleting/offloading some unused apps to accommodate necessary updates for useful/important apps.

Uninstall and Reinstall:

If a specific app isn’t updating then you can consider uninstalling it to reinstall it again. If you uninstall the app then make sure its data is backed up. Once uninstalled, go to the App Store and reinstall it. Doing this will automatically download/install the latest version of the app, and it won’t require any further update until the next one.

Force Close all Apps Before Updating:

If you are using an app and want to go back to the home screen then you will only press the home button once. Remember, doing this doesn’t close the apps and they keep running in the background. Possibly, this could be one of the reasons why the update is halting. You should close down all the apps by pressing the home button twice and then swiping each app upwards to close it. Restart the device and then try updating the apps.

Reset Location and Privacy Settings:

Many iPhone users reported that their App Store suddenly stops working for no apparent reason. They were advised to troubleshoot it by resetting location and privacy settings. Since that method worked for most, you can also consider applying it to troubleshoot this app stuck on the update issue. The steps are as follow:

1. Go to the Settings.

2. Tap on the option General.

3. Tap Reset.
Reset Location and Privacy

4. Choose the option Reset Location and Privacy.

5. Now check if it has helped the cause or not.

6. Make sure to enable allow apps to use location services after resetting the location and privacy settings.