Can’t download apps on iPhone or iPad: how to fix?

If you are unable to download apps on iPhone or iPad, below are the steps to troubleshoot and fix apps not downloading on iPhone.

Apps will not download on iPhone or iPad

In a typical case, people who try to download apps from the App Store receive an error message that says “App can’t be downloaded” on their iPhone. The same problem is also known to occur while trying to update apps on iPhone.

If you are unable to download paid apps on iPhone, the problem could be that your payment information needs to be updated, app downloads are restricted on your device, and other reasons.

If the payment information is up to date and you still cannot download both paid and free apps on iPhone, the problem could be due to poor network connection, lack of storage space and other reasons.

1. Switch to the WiFi network

Apple’s size limit for App Store downloads over a cellular connection is between 150 and 200 MB, depending on the version of iOS installed on your device.

If the size of the app you are trying to download is larger than 150MB, connect your phone to wifi and you should be able to download the app.

2. Stop and restart app download

This solution can help when the app download is stuck and the app icon is on the home screen of your iPhone.

Tap on the partially downloaded one app icon and select Pause download Possibility. Wait 15 seconds > tap app icon select again and this time continue downloading Possibility.

3. Restart the App Store

The problem could be because the Store app on your iPhone is getting buggy or has issues. To fix this, Quit the App Store > Wait 30 seconds > Reopen app store and try to download the app again.

4. Reboot the iPhone

Sometimes the problem is due to a stuck program or minor technical glitches that are preventing the apps from downloading. This can be fixed by restarting your device.

Go to settings > General > shut down. On the next screen, use the slider to turn off the iPhone.

Turn off the iPhone

Let the iPhone turn off completely > Wait 30 seconds and restart iPhone by pressing power button.

5. Check disk space

You will not be able to install or update apps if your iPhone does not have enough storage space for the app download.

Go to settings > General > iPhone storage > On the next screen you will see the amount of disk space used and available on your iPhone.

Used memory on iPhone

If the storage space is insufficient, you must make efforts to free up storage space on your device.

6. Disable restrictions when installing apps

Go to settings > screen time > Content and Privacy Restrictions > iTunes & App Store purchases > Install apps and select that To allow Option to allow apps to be installed on your device.

Allow apps to be installed on iPhone

After that, you should be able to download apps to your device.

7. Sign out of the App Store and sign back in

Sometimes the problem is due to iCloud glitches and the App Store cannot recognize your Apple ID.

Open app store and tap the account icon is in the upper right corner.

Account icon in App Store on iPhone

On the Accounts screen, scroll all the way down and tap Deliver Possibility. Wait 30 seconds > log in back to the App Store and try to download the app.

8. Update payment information

The problem could be due to the expiration of the credit card or another payment method associated with your Apple ID.

Go to settings > AppleID > payment > Tap on your list payment method.

Listed payment methods on iPhone

On the next screen, tap To edit option (top right) and update your billing information as needed.

9. Update iOS

Apple frequently releases minor updates to fix bugs and issues in the operating system and its native apps.

So make sure your device is up to date with the latest iOS update by going to settings > General > software update.

Software update option on iPhone

On the next screen, tap Download to install updates (if available).

10. Check the date and time settings

Go to settings > General > appointment time > make sure Set automatically The option is activated and the iPhone displays the correct date and time.

Set date and time automatically option on iPhone

11. Reset all settings

Make a note of your WiFi network password and follow the steps below to reset all settings on your iPhone.

Go to settings > General > Reset to default > scroll down and tap Reset all settings Possibility.

Reset All Settings option on iPhone

On the confirmation pop-up, tap Reset to default confirm.

After the reset process is complete, rejoin the WiFi network by entering your WiFi network password.

12. Reset and restore iPhone

If the above steps didn’t help, the problem may be due to a corrupted or damaged operating system.

To fix this, first download a backup of iPhone to computer and restore iPhone from the backup you downloaded to your computer.

This will remove the corrupted/damaged files from your iPhone, reinstall the latest version of iOS and restore the data to your device.

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