Forever waiting for iOS apps to update? I found a solution…

A few days ago, I upgraded my 1st generation iPad to iOS 5.1. After that, every time I tried to update my apps, I would get a “WAITING” status which seemed to go on forever and forever.

I thought at first it was just me until I saw many people on social media complaining about the same thing.

This article gave 2 tips on how to fix the issue:

1. Tap an icon till it says “Paused” then tap it again to see if it starts downloading, or

2. Reboot the device (iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch)

Well, I tried both of those to no avail. However, this is what seems to work, at least for my iPad.

I connected my iPad via the cable to my Macbook and opened iTunes. Before doing anything, I first backed up my iPad using the “Sync” button.

Once the iPad was backed up, I clicked on “Apps” on lefthand side of iTunes screen. It would show on the lower right how many app updates are pending. I clicked on that link to go to the page showing which apps had updates. I clicked on an app, entered my iTunes password, and most of the time it would start downloading.

There were a few times when certain apps still would not download/update/install even using this method so I’d defer it for a day. Usually next time I try, it updates successfully.

Try this method and let me know if it works for you. Good luck!

Tita Jane

Tita forever, geek forever!!! Loves gadgets more than clothes... First introduced to IT via punched cards and COBOL programming... IT auditor for over 5 years... IT consultant covering the financial industry for over 7 years... Now, a blogger and social media practitioner...and still covering the IT world, among other interests. And proud that all my kids are geeky as well. ~ Tita Jane Uymatiao

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