Can't Download Apps on iPhone/iPad? 10 Fixes Here!

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Myra Updated on Jan 11, 2018 to iOS & Mac Topics | How-to Articles

Whenever a new improved version of the App on your iPhone is released, you are likely to download it because the new version has some new amazing features or has fixed the bugs in its last version. But the process doesn't always go smoothly. The common problem happening during that process is that users can't download and update the Apps as they want. Given this, the possible solutions to the "Can't Download Apps on iPhone/iPad" problem is introduced in this article. Read on to get the details.

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Fixes to Can't Download Apps on iPhone/iPad

Fix 1: Check the Restrictions

If you want to ask "Why can't I download Apps on my iPhone?", the first solution you can try is to check the Restrictions on your iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 7 or iPad.

Step 1: Go to "Settings" and tap on "General".

Step 2: Scroll down to choose "Restrictions".

Step 3: If the "Restrictions" option is off, it is not to blame. While if you have turned on "Restrictions", you have to make sure the "Installing Apps" option is switched on in "ALLOW" section. (If you want to delete Apps from iPhone, toggle on "Deleting Apps", too.)

Fix 2: Check the network connection

This is a common solution to most problems on the iOS device. It's no exception when it comes to the issue "can't download Apps" on iPhone or iPad. If you are using a cellular network, make sure you allow using cellular data from App Store.

Step 1: Open "Settings" and choose "Cellular".

Step 2: Turn on "Cellular Data" and then scroll down to toggle on "App Store".

If you are using a Wi-Fi network, make sure it works well. You can check it by opening a browser on your iPhone/iPad to visit some websites or by connecting other devices to the network to see whether it works. If you have a Wi-Fi connection problem, fix it first.

Fix 3: Fix App Store not working on iPhone

However, if it's something wrong with the App Store and you find you can't download and update Apps in it, read the article that details the methods about how to fix the App Store Not Working problem.

Fix 4: Set Date &Time automatically

This tip is similar to one of the solutions to the "Cannot connect to iTunes Store" problem. By settings your Date & Time correctly, your headache "I can't download Apps on my iPhone" might be eliminated.

Step 1: Launch "Settings" and click "General".

Step 2: Tap on "Date & Time" and turn on "Set Automatically".

Fix 5: Update to the latest version of iOS

The compatibility of the iOS version might be the cause of the problem that you can't download Apps on iPhone. So make sure you have installed the latest iOS on your iPhone/iPad to avoid it. Read the article about how to download and install iOS 10.3.2 for reference.

Fix 6: Re-install the App

"Why can't I download Apps", you said. Actually, instead of updating the App, you can delete it first and then try to download the latest version of it again. 

Fix 7: Clear App Store cache

Many users have reported the effectiveness of this solution to fix the "can't download Apps on iPhone X/iPhone 7" issue. To clear your App Store cache, follow the steps below if your iPhone/iPad is in iOS 10 or early. If you are using an iPhone/iPad in iOS 11, perform a pull-to-refresh to clear the App Store cache.

Step 1: Open "App Store".

Step 2: Tap on any of the buttons at the bottom of the screen for ten times.\

Fix 8: Reset Network Settings

This tip is a common solution to fix the Wi-Fi connection problem. If you can't download Apps on your iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 7 or iPad due to the network connection. You can reset network settings on your iPhone or iPad by following the article introducing how to reset iPad.

Fix 9: Force restart iPhone

For iPhone 6s and earlier users: Hold down both Sleep/Wake button and Home button for at least ten seconds, until you see the Apple logo.

For iPhone 7 or 7 Plus users: Hold down both Sleep/Wake button and Volume Down button for at least ten seconds, until the Apple logo appears.

For iPhone X, iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus: Quickly press and release the Volume Up button, quickly press and release the Volume Down button and then press and hold the Sleep/Wake button (side button) until you see the Apple logo.

Fix 10: Download Apps via iTunes

Choose another way to download the Apps might solve the "Can't download Apps on iPhone" problem.

Step 1: Connect your iPhone/iPad to your computer and launch iTunes.

Step 2: Click the three dots and choose "Apps" in the drop-down menu.

Step 3: Select "Updates" and choose the App you want to download and install on your iPhone/iPad.

Step 4: Click "Update". Once you have updated the App, you can sync them to your iPhone/iPad following the way about how to sync photos from computer to iPhone.