Fix iPhone Won’t Download Apps (iOS 17.4.1)

Why iPhone apps not downloading? Is that query you brought here? You have come to the right spot. Whether you are unable to download apps & just spins in the App Store or your installation has stuck in a loop, this troubleshooting guide will help you. So let’s go through different ways to fix it.

Why We won’t Download Apps and Games From the App Store

Usually, low storage is found to be the reason for iPhone won’t install the app. But if that’s the case with you, follow the below tips and tricks.

1. Restart iPhone

The first step you must consider performing if your iPhone isn’t downloading the app is to restart the iPhone. However, the procedure to do that on an iPhone with Face ID and iPhone with Home Button is different. Here is how you can do that. 

iPhone With Face ID

  1. Press either Volume Button and Side Button.
  2. Drag the Power Off Slider to turn off the device.
  3. Hold for a few seconds, and once again, press the Side Button to turn it back on.

iPhone With Home Button

  1. Press the Side Button. 
  2. Drag the Power Off Slider to turn off the device.
  3. Hold for a few seconds, and once again, press the Side Button to turn it back on.

Once the restarting procedure finishes, try re-downloading the app. Then, hopefully, the issue will be resolved.

2. Force Restart iPhone 

There might be persistent bugs that don’t go away with a normal restart. In this case, you must try your luck with force restarting.

  1. Press and immediately let out the Volume Up Button.
  2. Press and immediately let out the Volume Down Button.
  3. Press the Side Button, and release it when the Apple Logo appears. 
Hard Reboot iPhone Step by Step
Hard Reboot iPhone Step by Step

That’s It!

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3. Force-Quit App Store

The bug might be within the App Store. Force-quitting the App Store can resolve it. For that, swipe up from the bottom and hold in the center to see all app cards. Next, swipe right or left to search the App Store. And then swipe it up to force quit.

force-close-app-from-iphone in 3 steps
force-close-app-from-iphone in 3 steps

Reopen and check it works; Use the Search option > Find App With name > Tap on Get or Update.

4. Pause And Restart the Download

The solution is only implied when the app installation is stuck in a loop and the app icon appears on home screen. If the app download is stalled or slow down, tap on the App Icon to pause downloading, hold for a few seconds, and re-tap on App Icon to restart. or Keep it on Prioritize Download By Long Touch & Hold.

5. Download App When Connected Wi-Fi

When connected to Cellular Data, you might have reached a threshold limit to download the app from the App Store. Apple restricts downloading apps over 200MB when connected to cellular data. So if that’s the case with you, connect the iPhone to WiFi.

6. Check Internet Connection

If smartphone is too far from the WiFi router, that could be the reason for apps not installing issue on iPhone. Thus, keep the iPhone closer to the router. Also, ensure the connected WiFi is offering adequate speed. 

7. Update iOS

Usually, outdated iPhone firmware can also cause issues when installing new apps on Phone. Thus, you install iOS and then update or install the apps.

  1. Go to the Settings App.
  2. Choose General.
  3. Hit on Software Update.

Let the system check for updates; if available, tap on Download And Install.

9. Check iPhone Storage

Your iPhone flagship must have enough storage space to download or update the app. If it’s running on low storage space, you will face problems when installing a free app on your iPhone. For that, read our article on how to free up storage space on the iPhone.

10. Verify Apple ID Method

To download applications on your Apple peripheral, you will need to configure payment method to your Apple ID on your iPhone. If you haven’t yet done so, or the registered card has expired, you won’t be able to install the app. And which eventually results in an error. So do add the payment method.

11. Sign Out Of App Store And Sign-in Back

To resolve the issue of apps not installing on the latest iPhone, you must try logging out from the App Store. For that, head to the Settings App. Choose Your Name[Apple ID]. Next, swipe down and select Sign-Out. After this, restart the device and then Sign-In back.

12. Set Date And Time Automatically

The wrong date and time can block App stores from downloading apps. However, the iPhone allows to setup the date and time automatically. Here is how you can do it. 

  1. Move to the Settings.
  2. Choose General.
  3. Tap Date And Time.
  4. Enable the toggle next to the Set Automatically. 

That’s It!

13. Turn Off Restriction For Installing App

You might have accidentally enabled the iOS restriction, which prevents the app from downloading. If so, immediately turn it off by following the steps below.

  1. Head to the Settings.
  2. Select Screen Time.
  3. Hit on Content & Restriction.
  4. Jot down the Passcode.
  5. Hit on iTunes And App Store. And configure to Allow.

Now retry downloading the app from the App Store and check if it works for you.

Reset iPhone

Bugs might be present in low-level settings that can’t be found individually. However, the iPhone let’s reset all Settings, and that’s without affecting your data. 

  1. Head to the Settings App.
  2. Choose General.
  3. Click Transfer & Reset iPhone.
  4. Choose Reset All Settings.

Jot down the passcode and further confirm to proceed with the procedure.

14. Factory Reset iPhone

When nothing goes your way, you must go with a factory reset iPhone. But before proceeding, create a backup of all your data. You can prefer reading our article on how to create a backup on an iPhone.

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Choose General.
  3. Tap Transfer & Reset iPhone.
  4. Hit Erase All Content And Settings. Further, follow the on-screen prompt to start the procedure.

Once it finishes, reset the iPhone and further check for the issue. 

Final Thought!

Here we end with different ways to fix the iPhone won’t install apps. If the issue persists, you prefer to contact the Apple Support Team and ask for further assistance. 

Why Can’t I Download Free Apps On My iPhone?

There can be a poor internet connection, low storage space, a bug with the iPhone firmware or App Store, or even wrongly configured iPhone settings. The best part is you can fix it by following the tips mentioned above and tricks. 

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Karly Wood

Karly Wood is a journalist based in Ohio who specializes in covering Apple and technology trends. With a varied experience in reporting on public safety, government, and education, her insights bridge multiple disciplines, providing readers with a well-rounded perspective on today's technological advancements. If you need to contact me, you can reach me at karlywood.ohio@gmail.com or through (Facebook)

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