How to Pause App Downloads & Updates on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch

Mar 5, 2010 - 3 Comments


Did you know you can pause any application download or update on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch? This is great when you’re in a bandwidth bind or have low bars of reception and want to pause an app download so that you can resume it again later.

This pausing app download trick is also helpful if you want to prioritize another app download or update coming from the App Store, since you can pause multiple apps from updating which then will prioritize whatever app(s) are not paused – that’s a nice trick for concurrent downloads in limited bandwidth situations. This pausing App Store updates trick works on all versions of iOS for all iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices.

How to Pause Downloads & App Updates in iOS

Here’s how app update and download pausing works in iOS:

  1. When an active download or app update is occurring, locate the app that is being modified
  2. Pause the download/update by just tapping on the app icon while the download is going
  3. You’ll know the download is paused because the name will change to ‘Paused’ (see screenshot)
  4. Tap the icon again to resume the download or update
  5. pause iphone app download

    You learn something new everyday! This works on all iOS devices and all versions, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, no matter they all work the same. And, similarly, in Mac OS X you can pause downloads on the Mac App Store too if you want.

    This screenshot and tip comes to us from MacObserver and was passed along by a reader, cheers to them for the nifty trick! Works the same in all versions of iOS too.


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Posted by: Manish Patel in iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks


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  1. Henri says:

    What if pause not work????

  2. Brad says:

    Neat. I never knew about this, but this could be useful when I have nearly 10 apps to update at once.

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