Update apps or use automatic downloads

Learn how to update apps manually, turn off automatic updates, or turn on automatic downloads.

With iOS 13 and iPadOS 13, apps and games that you download from the App Store are automatically updated by default. You won't see notifications about updating your apps. But you can also update apps manually. For example, if you want to force an update, you can update an app manually.

If you prefer to manually update all your apps, you can turn off automatic updates.

When you download an app on one device, the app isn't automatically installed on your other devices. But if you want apps that you purchase to be downloaded on all of your devices, you can turn on Automatic Downloads.

Before you begin

Update your apps manually

Update apps manually on your iOS or iPadOS device, on your Mac, or on your Apple Watch.

iPhone showing the Update All option, with one app that is ready to update.

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

  1. Open the App Store. If you're using iOS 12 or earlier, tap Today at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Tap your profile icon at the top of the screen.
  3. Scroll down to see pending updates and release notes. Tap Update next to an app to update only that app, or tap Update All.

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. On watchOS 6, 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.


iPhone showing the controls that you use to turn or on turn off automatic downloads and automatic app updates.

Turn on or turn off automatic updates

  • On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, go to Settings > [your name] > iTunes & App Store. Then turn on or turn off App Updates.
  • On your Mac, open the App Store. From the menu bar at the top of the screen, choose App Store > Preferences. Select or deselect Automatic Updates.
  • On your Apple Watch, go to Settings > App Store. Turn on or turn off Automatic Updates. Or open the Watch app on your iPhone, scroll to App Store and tap it, then turn on or turn off Automatic Updates.
  • On your Apple TV HD or 4K, go to Settings > Apps. Select or deselect Automatically Update Apps.

When you turn off automatic updates, you receive notifications from the App Store each time an update for one of your apps is released.


Turn on or turn off automatic downloads

  • On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, go to Settings > [your name] > iTunes & App Store. Under Automatic Downloads, turn on or turn off Apps.
  • On your Mac, open the App Store. From the menu bar at the top of the screen, choose App Store > Preferences. Select or deselect "Automatically download apps purchased on other Mac computers."
  • On your Apple Watch, go to Settings > App Store. Turn on or turn off Automatic Downloads. Or open the Watch app on your iPhone, scroll to App Store and tap it, then turn on or turn off Automatic Downloads.
  • On your Apple TV HD or 4K, go to Settings > Apps. Select or deselect Automatically Install Apps.

On your iOS or iPadOS device or Mac, you can also turn on automatic downloads for iTunes Store music purchases and Apple Books purchases.


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