Why My iPhone 5 Won't Download or Update Apps?

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    One of the most popular iPhone models is iPhone 5. People are very happy with it in general, but sometimes some minor issues may occur. The good thing is that you can solve many of those issues fast, without any professional help. Some users have experienced a very strange problem – iPhone won’t update or download apps from the App Store. Do you have the same problem? If your answer is yes, make sure to check out these 5 ways to fix iPhone 5 won't download or update apps. We hope you will find these solutions useful, and that you’ll download and update the apps you want successfully.

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    5 ways to fix iPhone 5 won't download or update apps

    Solution No.1: Date & Time

    All 5 ways to fix iPhone 5 won't download or update apps are simple, and this is one of the easiest things to do. Click on Settings, click on General and see if Date & Time are set to automatic.

    Solution No.2: Airplane mode

    A trick that can solve many problems, including this one, is enabling the Airplane mode. Navigate to Settings, turn the Airplane mode on, wait for 15-20 seconds and turn it off.

    Solution No.3: Wi-Fi

    This is also easy to do solution. Go to Settings, tap on Wi-Fi, and click on the icon right next to your Wi-Fi network. Click on Renew Lease. This step was useful for many iPhone 5 users.

    Solution No.4: Close all apps and restart your device

    To do this, click on the Home button two times, and you get the list of apps you have been using recently. Now, to close an app swipe up.

    Once you close the apps, restart your device. To do that press and hold the sleep/wake button, and turn off your iPhone. Once it is turned off, again press and hold the sleep/wake button, and turn it on again.

    Solution No.5: Sign out from the App Store

    To do this, you should:

    • Navigate to Settings, and tap on iTunes & App Store
    • Click on your Apple ID, and choose the Sign-out option
    • Click on the App Store icon again
    • Choose one of the apps on the Feature page and choose to download it
    • You will see a message with new terms of service, and click on Accept.

    What else?

    The above-mentioned solutions usually solve the problem, but if you still can't download new apps or update the ones you already have on your device, there are a few things to try.

    Restart your router

    Connection issues can be responsible for the problem. What you need to do is unplug your router, wait for 30 seconds and plug it back in.

    Reset all settings

    You should not worry about your data because by doing this only the settings will reset and your data and apps won't be lost. Go to Settings > General > Reset and tap Reset all settings.

    Update iOS

    If there is a new version of iOS download it. Connect your iPhone to a power source and connect to a Wi-Fi network. Next, go to Settings > General and tap Software Update. Tap download and install.

    App is causing the issue

    Sometimes, one of the apps can be the reason why you can't download new apps or update the ones you have. The solution is to delete apps one by until you are able to download and update applications. This may be time-consuming, but still, it can fix the issue.

    Erase all content and settings

    If nothing else helps, you may set up your iPhone 5 as a new device. Back up your files first. Go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase all Content and Settings and tap Erase iPhone. How long the task will last is different for every iPhone. Once it is over, follow the steps to set up your device as new.

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