Fix App Store Not Working

So, it can get really frustrating if you are unable to download your desired app from the App Store. The occurrence of this issue is very rare but lately, some users have been found seeking solutions for this issue.

You would open your App Store to download an app only to see a message saying Will Not Download Applications or Unable to Download App. You’d think that there is some fault with the app, but the same error shows up for a different app too. This is not the case of Paid/Free apps and hence it needs instant troubleshooting. Here are some tips that can be helpful.

Force Close the App Store:

It is possible that your App Store may have some problems. It could be from the main servers but if it is from your end then you can try fixing it by shutting it down and relaunching it. Press the home button twice to see all the recent running apps on the screen. Locate the App Store and swipe it upwards to close it down. Relaunch the App Store to see if it has worked.

Airplane Mode:

Enable your Airplane mode for 30-60 seconds and disable it back. You can do it via Control Center and Settings too. Once done, visit the App Store to see if the issue has been addressed.

Sign out and Sign in Back:

Much like the universal on-off technique, this method also delivers most of the time. You can do that by:

1. Open the App Store on your device.

2. Tap your Apple ID’ profile picture at the top-right of the screen.
Sign Out

3. Sign Out would be the last option on the screen. Tap on it.
sign-in back by providing your credentials

4. Once signed out, sign-in back by providing your credentials.

5. Search the app which was creating the issue and try downloading it again.

Software Update:

Most of the issues within the Apple devices are largely due to iOS. People delay iOS updates and therefore invite trouble. If you are running on an old iOS when a new update is available, simply update it to troubleshoot this issue. You can do that by:

1. Go to the Settings.

2. Tap on the option General.

3. Now tap Software Update.

4. Download and install the software if applicable. If not, your device will tell you that your software is up-to-date.

Different Internet Connection:

Try downloading the app via a different internet connection. Sometimes, internet providers have some weird restrictions that can stop you from downloading specific apps. Additionally, you can use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to address this issue too. Enable the VPN and then try downloading the app that is causing the problem.

Force Restart:

You can first try a simple restart to see if it works. If not, you will have to go for the Force Restart. You can do it by:

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.

Google DNS:

This method is a bit technical, but it can help address the issue. Follow the steps mentioned below:

1. Open Settings on your device.

2. Tap on the option Wi-Fi.
tap on the Information/Detail

3. Now tap on the Information/Detail icon next to the connected Wi-Fi.
Configure DNS

4. Tap on the option Configure DNS.

5. Now tap on the option Manual. If you can set it manually; Great. If you can’t, turn the setting back to Automatic.

6. Go to App Store and see if has worked.

Running through these methods will hopefully do the trick for you. If nothing works (highly unlikely) then, unfortunately, you may have to contact Apple for the solutions.