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iPhone Won't Download Apps? Here's The Real Fix

iPhone Won't Download Apps? Here's The Real Fix

We're going to show you what to do when your iPhone won't download apps. So this is a super common problem. And the first thing I would do when people would come into the Apple Store with this problem is simply just turn their iPhone off and back on again.

1. Turn your phone off and back on

1. Press and hold the power button on the side of your iPhone so slide to power off appears on the screen and then swipe across the screen with your finger. It's going to take 10 to 15 seconds for your iPhone to turn all the way off.

2. After that press & hold the power button again until the Apple logo appears on the screen. You can let go. Your iPhone will turn back on and hopefully your apps will download. so you turn your phone off and back on. They still won't download.

2. Try a different WiFi network

Take a look at your iPhone's connection to the Internet either through WiFi or cellular data. So if you're using WiFi to download your apps and it's not working try a different WiFi network because there can be issues with routers or WiFi networks that prevent your iPhone from connecting to the App Store the right way.

Also, we should mention that if you're using tell you where data to download apps if you're downloading an app larger than 100 megabytes it just won't work over cellular data. You have to use WiFi to download bigger apps and usually, those are things like games. So we checked our WiFi which if your cellular data those are totally fine.

3. Check your Apple ID

Even if you're logged in with the correct Apple ID. A lot of times there's issues with passwords and sometimes your iPhone won't even tell you that something's wrong but this will cause the problem.

1. So Let's go to Settings and then scroll down to iTunes and App Store. There it is.

2. Tap on Apple ID at the top and then tap sign out.

3. So now you're going to be logged out of your Apple ID. Tap sign in. sign back in

4. And now go to the App Store and try to download apps.

A lot of times that I'll just fix the problem by itself. So Let's say that Apple ID was the problem. Let's take a look at the actual storage space.

1. Let's go back to the main Settings menu for you all here. I'm in the Settings app.

2. Tap General and then iPhone storage.

So most apps in the App Store with the exception of games which can be gigabytes in size are actually pretty small. So this iPhone storage section of the Settings app is really helpful to identify apps that are using the most storage on your iPhone sometimes just by clearing up some storage especially if you're really low. This can solve the problem once and for all. So we check our Store source looks fine.

There's a bit of an unknown feature you can do in the App Store that is pretty cool.

1. So Let's open up the App Store and we're going to clear the App Store cache.

2. And the way we're going to do that to tap any of the icons on the bottom of the screen.

3. tap the App icon tap it 10 times 1, 2, 3... Now there isn't any dialogue that pops up that says Congratulations you've cleared the App store's cache but it does happen in the background. And just clearing out that data can help to solve this type of problem.

And we'd also like to recommend that you close out the App Store and the other apps on your iPhone.

So to do that,

1. Double click the Home button with your finger.

2. The app switcher on the screen and then just swipe your apps off the top of the screen that closes them. And then you're just going to reopen the App Store and try to download your apps again. So we've done all that so far still won't download apps.

4. Check restrictions

1. So settings.

2. Scroll down and we're going to tap General and then tap restrictions. I'm going to enter my restrictions passcode here.

So if you have restrictions Scroll down and you'll see some of these App Stories leave the App Store icon Install an App in-app purchases. if this switch next to installing apps is turned off you won't be able to install apps on your iPhone. Restrictions is Apple's word for parental controls on iPhones. But more frequently it's the parents that lock themselves out of their own iPhones that begin on how to get it off. So this happens all the time. 

5. Reset all settings

Reset all settings on your iPhone is kind of a magic bullet that fixes a lot of problems with software under the iPhone's operating system and with the app store.

1. So we're going to go to Settings.

2. Then down to General and then down to reset and tap reset all settings.

It does wipe out everything in the Settings app but it doesn't touch like your photos or videos or any of your personal things. So it's a little bit of an inconvenience but not the biggest deal in the world. So you've reset all Settings apps still won't download on your iPhone. It's time for the dFu restore.

6. DFU restore

The DFU restores the deepest type of restore you can do in your iPhone. You have to back up your iPhone before you do that at all and then you're going to use iTunes. So after that happens you'll restore from your backup and the DFU restore will 99.99% of the time. You will fix this problem. That's it. If you found it helpful leave us a comment down below if you got any other questions.

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