How Users Can Enable Automatic App Updates In iOS 7

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Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) released iOS 7 today and users are still trying to configure the new operating system. One of those things users will want to learn to do is how to set up iOS 7 automatic updates so they don’t have to go to the App Store and manually update them. Since automatic updates are disabled at first, you will have to set it up.


To set up automatic updates, users will have to open up the settings app, then navigate the iTunes & App store. When you find the section that’s titled, “Automatic Downloads”, you’ll find the “Updates” item. Swipe the toggle switch to automatic updates (on the right side) until it turns green, which means automatic updates are enabled.

The new App Store in iOS 7 also keeps a history

Gotta Be Mobile shared some of the details involving the changes, stating: “From now on, you won’t be bothered with manual updates, and if you’re worried about iOS not notifying you of said automatic updates, you will, in fact, receive notifications in Notification Center when apps are updated. Swiping the notifications to the side will take you to the App Store where you can see what changes were made to the apps. The new App Store in iOS 7 also keeps a history of what apps were updated when. Furthermore, you can set whether or not you want automatic app updates to be enabled when using a 3G or 4G connection. Right below the Automatic Downloads section, there’s an item called “Use Cellular Data.” Flicking this toggle on will allow the App Store (as well as other iOS services to download updates and other content over a 3G or 4G connection. Turning the feature off will limit the App Store to download updates only when on a WiFi connection.”

The main downside to this particular feature is that you can select which apps you want automatically updated while leaving other apps to manual updates. Perhaps Apple will catch on to this flaw and make some changes with their next update.

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