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 your profile icon. There's a ton of updates 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.

The fix 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 or Haptic 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.

Cover image and screenshots by Jake Peterson/Gadget Hacks

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