By Dwight Spivey

App developers update their apps all the time, so you might want to check for those updates on your iPhone. The App Store icon on the Home screen displays the number of available updates in a red circle. To update apps, follow these steps:

  1. Tap the App Store icon on the Home screen.
  2. Tap the Updates button to access the Updates screen, then tap the Update button for any item you want to update.

    Note that if you have Family Sharing turned on, there will be a folder titled Family Purchases that you can tap to display apps that are shared across your family’s devices. To update all, tap the Update All button.

    You can download multiple apps at one time. If you choose more than one app to update instead of downloading apps sequentially, several items will download simultaneously.

  3. You may be asked to confirm that you want to update, or to enter your Apple ID; after you do, tap OK to proceed. You may also be asked to confirm that you are over a certain age or agree to terms and conditions; if so, scroll down the terms dialog and, at the bottom, tap Agree.

    The download progress is displayed.

If you have an iCloud account that you have activated on several devices and update an app on your iPhone, any other Apple iOS devices are also updated automatically and vice versa.

iOS 11 performs what Apple calls “intelligently scheduled updates,” meaning that updates to apps and the iOS happen at times when your iPhone isn’t using much power — for example, when you’re connecting to the Internet via Wi-Fi. And speaking of updating, iOS 11 studies your habits and can update apps that require updated content, such as Facebook or Stocks, around the time you usually check them so that you have instant access to current information.