Why don't people automatically update their iOS apps?

Manually update apps on your Apple device

You can turn off automatic updates and update apps manually. You can also turn on automatic updates so you don't have to manually update every app.

Update your apps

On your iPhone and iPad, apps you download from the App Store are automatically updated by default. However, if there is a problem, you can update an app manually.

Manually update apps on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Open the App Store.
  2. Tap your profile icon at the top of the screen.
  3. Scroll to see pending updates and release notes. If you only want to update one app, tap the "Update" button next to that app. Alternatively, you can tap on "Update all".

Manually update apps on Mac

  1. Open the App Store.
  2. Click on "Updates" in the sidebar.
  3. If you only want to update one app, click the update option next to that app. Alternatively, you can click on "Update all".

If you didn't download the app on your Mac from the App Store, contact the app developer for help with the updates.

Manually update apps on your Apple Watch

  1. Open the App Store and scroll all the way down.
  2. Tap on "Account".
  3. Tap on "Updates".
  4. If you only want to update one app, tap the "Update" button next to that app. Alternatively, you can tap on "Update all".

Enable or disable automatic updates

If you prefer to update all of your apps manually, turn off automatic updates. If you do this, the App Store will notify you every time an update is released for one of your apps.

Turn automatic updates on or off on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Open "Settings".
  2. Tap on "App Store".
  3. Enable or disable the "App Updates" option.

Turn automatic updates on or off on Mac

  1. Open the App Store.
  2. In the menu bar at the top of the screen, choose App Store> Settings.
  3. Select or deselect the "Automatic Updates" option.

Turn automatic updates on or off on Apple Watch

  1. Go to Settings> App Store.
  2. Enable or disable the "Automatic Updates" option.

Alternatively, you can open the Watch app on your iPhone. Scroll to and tap the App Store to turn Automatic Updates on or off.

Enable or disable automatic updates on the Apple TV HD or Apple TV 4K

  1. Go to Settings> Apps.
  2. Select or deselect the "Automatically update apps" option.

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