iPhone Apps Stuck Waiting? Not Downloading? Here's The Fix!

Two Apple experts explain what to do when your iPhone apps are stuck waiting or not downloading. There are a lot of potential causes of this problem and they’re typically software-related. A spotty internet or cellular data network connection can also leave apps stuck waiting on your iPhone.

iPhone won’t connect to Wi-Fi? Here’s the fix:

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Put iPhone 8 or newer in DFU mode:

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35 Replies to “iPhone Apps Stuck Waiting? Not Downloading? Here's The Fix!”

  1. Dave Goodman

    Well thank you Laurel & Hardy for wasting 30 minutes of my life I'll never get back, I tried everything you suggested. I have an iphone X and after a full restore from a backup it sticks on loading apps, not just one app but over 100. If I tap on an app it loads halfway and then stops, it does the same for every other app. I have tried a full reset about 5 times and still the same problem. I have a solid wifi connection and solid 4g and no problem with my log in details. Looking further around the internet this seems to be a very common problem with the iphone X. I think you said "If that don't work, try this…" about ten times in your video. What you finally forgot to say at the end was "If that does not work, then throw the phone in the bin and buy a Samsung or a Huawei ". Which is what I am going to do.

  2. Shivani Ravi

    If all these doesn't work, it may be because of your storage which is full. If so, delete the unwanted apps, chats, photos etc and this will create space in the phone. Rarely after this too, it will not work. In that case, back up all ur contacts, documents, photos, videos, everything from iphone to computer or to other phone and then reset the phone completely. Choose Erase all contents and reset. Once it is reset, the phone will be storange free and you can download the apps.

  3. Joey

    Thanks, i wanted to play a game that cost $8 and i thought it wasn't gonna work and i freaked out but these guys help. the method i used was to slide to power off:)

  4. PMD

    Thank you I’m not sure what exactly made it work but I did everything you suggested and it’s fixed now so thank you very much

  5. — chuuerries

    None of it worked again. I’ve done it at least 5-6 times to have it not fixed. There’s a error saying “There was a error connecting to the Apple ID server”. It’s not like I’m on an iOS 4 or something, I’m using an iOS 12. It also won’t let me open a website, nor load an app.

  6. techy amerinder great

    Hello please help me none of my apps are working i amusing some music apps they dont play music i open pubg and it loads but never open (this all only happens on cellular connection on wifi its working).and my iphone also has “could not connect to the server”problem!!!!!!please help

  7. Vette

    Reformatting fixed the issue for me. yes its a pain to redownload everything again but better than not being able use what you want at all

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