Thankfully, the fix for this problem is usually very simple. Your internet connection could be to blame. The connection also has to be stable. The box next to Airplane Mode should be white. If your iPhone was in Airplane Mode, turning it off will automatically trigger it to reconnect to your default cellular and Wi-Fi connections.
Reconnect, give it a minute, then check on your iPhone apps. The updates should start to download, giving you a progress indicator on the app icon and in the App Store under Updates. Every app on your iPhone is linked to a specific Apple ID. Usually, signing out and back into the App Store will fix the problem. Finally, enter your Apple ID and password to log back in. If an issue exists, something will pop-up on this webpage. You can bypass this issue by uninstalling the app stuck in waiting and then reinstalling it.
First, hold your finger over any app icon until an X appears in the upper left-hand corner of the app icons, and they start to wiggle. If the iPhone app stuck waiting has an X, tap it, and follow the prompts to uninstall the app. If you use iTunes to buy and sync apps, you can use this program to delete an app. To do that, open iTunes on your computer. Click the Library menu. This is located in the bar underneath File, Edit, etc.
It may say Music, Movies, or another category of content. In the dropdown Library menu, choose Apps. Right click on the app and select Delete to remove it from your library and your iPhone. Now, you can download the app again on your iPhone. The latest version of the app will include the update that the previous version tried to update to when it got stuck.
Is Your iPhone Out of Space? You can clear up space on your iPhone by: Using iCloud to back up your photos and videos. Getting rid of long text conversations. Deleting files in apps, such as audio books, that take up a lot of space on your iPhone. Once you make more room on your iPhone, check your iPhone apps that are waiting or try reinstalling the apps. Fixing Software Problems Software is the code that tells your iPhone what to do and when to do it.
Restart Your iPhone A simple way to help correct a software problem on your iPhone is to restart the phone. To restart your iPhone, hold down the power button. Hold it for a few seconds until the screen changes. Then, slide your finger across the part that says slide to power off. Once your iPhone is off, count to 10 and then push the power button again to restart it.
When the screen changes, let go of both buttons. Performing a hard reset on an iPhone 7 and 7 Plus is a bit different because Apple moved to a non-physical Home button. To hard reset an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus, press and hold the volume down button and power button together until the Apple logo shows up on the display, and then let go of both buttons.
Choose Reset All Settings and follow the prompts on your screen. Back Up and Restore If none of these steps help, you can back up your iPhone and then restore it. There are a few different ways to do this, but we here at Payette Forward like to suggest doing a DFU restore. If you go to a Genius Bar, this is the kind of backup and restore the Apple folks will do. But with a bit of help, you can do this yourself. Just make sure you have everything you want on your iPhone saved and backed up before you try this.
Other Fixes for iPhone Apps Stuck Waiting If your connection is solid, your settings are right, and your iPhone apps are still stuck waiting, the problem may be with the app itself or even with the App Store. Tap on the Reviews tab and scroll down for App Support.
Apple keeps a handy website with the status of their system. You can check this page to see if the problem is with the App Store. Tell us about your experience with getting your iPhone unstuck in the comments section below.