How to manually update apps on your Apple device

You can turn off automatic updates and update apps manually. Or you can turn on automatic updates so that you don't need to manually update each app.

Update your apps manually

On your iPhone and iPad, apps that you download from the App Store are automatically updated by default. But if there's an issue, you can update an app manually.

How to manually update apps on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Open the App Store.
  2. Tap your profile icon at the top of the screen.
  3. Scroll to see pending updates and release notes. Tap Update next to an app to update only that app, or tap Update All.
    iPhone showing available updates for the Apple Store app and Shazam app.

How to manually update apps on your Mac

  1. Open the App Store.
  2. In the sidebar, click Updates.
  3. Click Update next to an app to update only that app, or click Update All.

If you didn’t get the app from the App Store on your Mac, contact the app developer to get help with updates.

How to manually update apps on your Apple Watch

  1. Open the App Store and scroll down to the bottom.
  2. Tap Account.
  3. Tap Updates.
  4. Tap Update next to an app to update only that app, or tap Update All.

Turn on or turn off automatic updates

If you prefer to manually update all your apps, turn off automatic updates. When you do this, you receive notifications from the App Store each time an update for one of your apps is released. 

How to turn on or turn off automatic updates on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Tap App Store.
  3. Turn on or turn off App Updates.
    iPhone showing settings for Apps and App Updates. App Updates is turned on.

How to turn on or turn off automatic updates on your Mac

  1. Open the App Store.
  2. From the menu bar at the top of the screen, choose App Store > Preferences.
  3. Select or deselect Automatic Updates.

How to turn on or turn off automatic updates on your Apple Watch

  1. Go to Settings > App Store.
  2. Turn on or turn off Automatic Updates.

You can also open the Watch app on your iPhone, scroll to App Store and tap it, then turn on or turn off Automatic Updates.

How to turn on or turn off automatic updates on your Apple TV HD or 4K

  1. Go to Settings > Apps.
  2. Select or deselect Automatically Update Apps.

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