iTunes & App Store

For most people who have many apps installed on their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch the most annoying part of the overall app experience is downloading updates from the App Store for individual apps. Popular apps get updated more than often and it could be time consuming to open the App Store and manually hitting the update button every time and for each and every update.

Thankfully iOS has a handy feature that allows users to make their iOS device update apps automatically without requiring any effort from their end. Once enabled the automatic downloads feature for apps detects which app’s update is available and downloads it without even notifying the user. This way all of your apps are up to date at any given time.

Here’s how you can make iPhone or iPad download app updates automatically.

  • Open Settings app and scroll down until you find the iTunes & App Store option.
  • From iTunes & App Store section look for the ‘Updates’ option, which would be listed under ‘Automatic Downloads’. Enable this option. You can also update ‘Apps’ and ‘Books’ options, which would make your iPhone or iPad automatically download the apps or books you download on your other connected iOS devices.

That’s it! Optionally you can enable the ‘Use Cellular Data’ option, which will allow iPhone or cellular iPad to download the enabled Automatic Downloads using the network’s data. If you have limited data allowance then it is recommended that you keep this option disabled. In that case the Automatic downloads will only occur when you are connected to a WiFi network.

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  • Mary Jo Madden Offutt

    The auto download is selected but App Store shows 4 needing update

  • Morbius

    This feature seemed to stop working with iOS9 update….I’ve always had automatic downloads on, and Updates selected, which has previously worked fine. But since the iOS9 update, nothing updates automatically any more. I can see there are updates available in the App Store, but they won’t download unless I specifically tell them to?? What happened?

  • wabbott

    Noticed the same thing: since iOS9 all automatic app updates have stopped (even when I have a Wifi connection).