Can’t Update Apps

Updates in the App Store are failing, but there’s a temporary fix.

I updated to iOS 11.1.1 earlier this week, and ever since, I have had a hard time updating the apps in the App Store on my iPhone 7 Plus. When I went to the “Update” tab in the App Store, I noted that there were 13 updates available. I tapped on “Update All.” All 13 listed apps showed spinning circles at the far right, but none of them started to download. This persisted for more than 10 minutes with no progress.

I double-tapped the Home button and swiped up on the App Store to force quit the app. I relaunched the app and experienced exactly the same issue. None of the apps would update.

I restarted my iPhone. That didn’t fix it. I did a two-button forced restart (this process varies from device to device). Even that made no difference.

Ultimately, I was able to update the apps one at a time. I had to let each app finish updating before starting the next. I don’t know if iOS 11.1.1 is the source of these woes, but the timing suggests that.