App Store Not Working or Showing Updates? How to Refresh the App Stores

Apr 4, 2012 - 1 Comment

Refresh App Store

Need to refresh the App Store or iTunes Store? Hit Command+R at any screen in the iTunes, iOS, or Mac App Store, and the page will reload with whatever new data awaits, whether it’s a revised Top Charts listing or just to see the latest Featured apps. You can refresh any screen in any of the Apple iTunes or App Stores with this method as long as you’re on the desktop clients. Command+R trick works from the Mac, whereas Control+R is the refresh keystroke for Windows.

Reloading an App Store page is also an easy way to resolve quite a few common issues, like when the App Store claims to be inaccessible, new app updates aren’t displaying properly, or when recently purchased items are missing from the Purchased list.

If something is still not appearing in the purchases list after a refresh, it could be hidden, here’s how to unhide it.

Note this is for the desktop versions of the App Store either in the Mac App Store or the iTunes App Store. On the mobile side of things within iOS, you can typically just quit and relaunch iTunes or the App Store to resolve any problems. If that doesn’t work for iOS, you may need to manually force quit the App Store itself or even reboot the device to fix stalled downloads and force updates to the page as there is no direct refresh trick like there is on the desktop.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iTunes, Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks, Troubleshooting

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  1. Mark says:

    All the solutions mentioned, even on the Apple forum, do not work for everyone. This seems to be a bug in ios6. Apple needs to address it.

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