How to Manually Update Apps on iPhone (2022)

Manually update apps instead of relying on your iPhone's automatic app updates.

* This post is part of iPhone Life's Tip of the Day newsletter. . *

Is one of your favorite apps out of date? If you don't have automatic app updates on your iPhone or you want to update only one app, you may need to manually update your apps. Luckily, Apple has made updating your apps a pretty easy process that should take no time at all.

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Why You’ll Love This Tip

  • Get the latest features and resolve software glitches by keeping your apps up-to-date.
  • Save your mobile data and battery power by updating a single app when you need it instead of updating all apps at once.

How to Update Apps on iPhone

To learn more about making the most of your iPhone features, sign up for our Tip of the Day newsletter. If you have app updates on your iPhone, you can either choose to update all your apps at once, or choose just one to update for now. Here's how to update an app on your iPhone: 

  1. Open the App Store app.

  2. Tap your profile icon in the upper-right corner.

    Tap your profile icon in the upper right corner.
  3. Scroll down to find the app you want to update.

    Scroll down to find the app you want to update.
  4. Tap Update.

    Tap Update.
  5. You may need to enter your iPhone passcode and tap Sign In to continue.

    Sign in to update app
  6. The app will begin updating. You can tap the stop icon at any time to cancel the update. (Note: if you do this, you will need to tap Update again to restart the process from the beginning.)

    The app will begin updating. You can tap the stop icon to cancel the update.
  7. Once it has finished updating, the app will automatically be moved to the Updated Recently section. Scroll down to find it.

    The app will automatically be moved to the Updated Recently section. Scroll down to find it.
  8. You can tap Open to open the app or simply return to your Home screen and open it as usual. 

    Tap Open to open the app.

You're ready to enjoy your newly updated app! Repeat this process for any app, or simply tap Update All if you'd like all of your apps to update at once. This process can take a while though, so it is recommended that you do this when your phone is plugged in and won't need to be used right away.

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Rhett Intriago

Rhett Intriago is a passionate writer and Apple enthusiast. When he’s not drafting iPhone Life articles, he prefers to spend his free time gaming with friends, watching anime with his wife, or playing with his three cats.