How To: The Super Simple Trick to Get App Updates & Downloads Faster

The Super Simple Trick to Get App Updates & Downloads Faster

You open the App Store to see a huge red number hovering over the "Updates" tab. There's a ton to install, so you tap "Update All." But wait! You needed to check Instagram or send a reply to a timely WhatsApp message, but those apps are now stuck waiting for others to update first. Luckily, you don't need to stick to your iPhone's update queue — you can choose which apps to update first.

Some of you are probably thinking, "Um, if you needed to use Instagram so badly, why didn't you just update it individually, then tap "Update All?" This post isn't for people like you. It's for people like me, who carelessly tap "Update All" without a second thought to how that decision will affect my app usage.

It's also quite possible to download a handful of new apps and games at the same time and want to use one of them before the others. Just like with updates, there's a way to prioritize new app downloads.

The remedy for our errors is quite simple: As iOS is updating or downloading multiple apps, locate the one you need to use right away on the home screen. You'll know it isn't downloading if it says "Waiting..." rather than "Installing..." Force-press the app using 3D Touch, then select "Prioritize Download" from the quick actions. Once you do, the app will switch into "Installing..." mode.

If you find the app doesn't begin installing immediately, force-press an app icon that is downloading, and select "Pause Download." That should make the other download kick in for sure. Just don't be surprised to see other apps installing as well — your iPhone can update up to three apps concurrently.

While it's disappointing that this trick can only be accomplished with 3D Touch-enabled iPhones, we hope to see this implemented on the iPhone XR sometime in the future. Apple already updated the iPhone XR to peek notifications with Haptic Touch, so it isn't out of the realm of possibilities to see Haptic Touch tools come to home screen apps.

Cover image and screenshots by Jake Peterson/Gadget Hacks

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