Force App Store to Refresh in iOS with a Repeat Tap Trick

Apr 28, 2015 - 9 Comments

Refresh the App Store in iOS If you’ve ever waited for an update to appear on the iOS App Store, either for an available app, an app update itself, or for the Top and Featured pages to refresh, you know that sometimes the App Store can sit stale. While you can often trigger an update to show up by changing the date, quitting and re-launching the App Store, or even trashing the app in question, there’s actually a way to forcibly refresh the entire App Store on an iPhone or iPad without having to do any of that. Instead, you just need to perform a curious repetitive tap trick.

There’s not much to this, and while it will sound a little strange, just try it and you’ll see that it works to quickly force refresh all App Store content and updates on an iOS device:

  • Open the App Store in iOS as usual if you haven’t done so already
  • Tap one of the bottom tabs repeatedly (like Featured, Top Charts, Search, or Updates) for a total of 10 times
  • After the 10th tap the App Store will refresh as the screen of the iPhone or iPad goes white and repopulates with refreshed data

Yup, repeatedly tapping an App Store tab 10 times causes the data to refresh.

Force App Store Refresh in iOS

It doesn’t matter which tab you repeatedly tap, just be sure to tap the same tab icon over and over again to get the refresh to trigger. All sections of the App Store will refresh regardless of the tab tapped on as well, so even if you want the Updates section to refresh so that you can find a new version of a particular iPhone app, tapping repeatedly on Features will trigger the refresh on screen.

This is basically the same as hitting Command+R in the Mac App Store to refresh any of the stores accessible to OS X, and it’s kind of amazing that up until now there wasn’t really an official refresh mechanism other than some of the various workarounds on iOS to cause a refresh of App Store data.

This is really not well known, and that includes myself. Up until now I’d be refreshing the iOS App Store by quitting the app and relaunching it like some kind of dinosaur, but it looks like this nifty 10-tap trick was originally discovered by iDownloadblog and it works exactly as described. Try it out, as long as you’re up to date with iOS it seems to work.


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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks


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  1. David says:

    it did not work on my iPhone, however people are saying tapping features ten times is going to get updates out but i dont even have both

  2. Kristen says:

    Still works! in 6+ years with an iPhone, I’d never heard of this… Thank you!

  3. David says:

    There is actually a much simpler method to “force” updates. Go to the Updates page in the AppStore. Pull the page down until the rotating gear symbol appears above the Updates and let go.

  4. Hussien says:

    Thank you very much 😘😘

  5. Andy says:

    Great trick, still works! (Feb 2017)

  6. a Martin says:

    Someone said the ”App Store refresh” suggested in this article also help when apps are stuck in an ”updating/installing” state as of this article:

    I haven’t been able to confirm if it helps since I don’t have any apps stuck right now, but if it helps it sounds like good method until Apple fixes the problem.

  7. Efe says:

    This was amazingly useful! Thank you!!!

  8. APS says:

    Tap the “Updates” button, then pull down the screen. This has always worked for me.

  9. Kurt says:

    Well this is nice, will have to use this when updates are available and they don’t show up on time, which seems often!

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