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pattifromvalencia Level 1 Level 1

I accidentally hit Update All in the app store. I've managed to interrupt the process & all updates are now waiting. How do I cancel these updates?

iPad, iOS 4.3
  • roaminggnome Level 10 Level 10

    You don't.


    Let them download.

  • pattifromvalencia Level 1 Level 1

    If I can't cancel the updates, then can I revert to the old version on some of them when I go to synch w/my laptop?

  • diesel vdub Level 7 Level 7

    For what reason do you want to continue to use the old version?

    A reset or restart of the device should either stop the update or force a restart.


    It is always advised to use the latest version of an app.  The updates are created for a reason, in most cases, to address issues with the app and to add new features.

  • pattifromvalencia Level 1 Level 1

    Instead of blinly updating all apps all the time, I double check the reviews to make sure I'm not just downloading an update w/bugs in the programming. Therefore, there are always some updates I choose not to do right away & wait until these issues are solved.

  • turingtest2 Level 9 Level 9

    Upgrade your device to iOS 4.3.4, apparently this re-introduces the ability to cancel and delete apps that are currently downloading which was removed in iOS 4.3.3.



  • tplSF Level 1 Level 1

    Upgrading to 4.3.4 does not solve the problem, nor does logging out of your itunes account. Like the original poster, I also check reviews before automatically updating apps -- I've been burned more than once with 'upgrades' that were actually downgrades, or new features that turned out to be ads.


    Patti --- if you allow the apps to update, you can delete them and and then revert to your synced versions. I've done this before and it's a total pain, especially when you have a a ton of apps, and don't know which ones you actually meant to update. There should really be a way to defeat the 'update all' option or remove the option entirely.

  • BitukaMAN Level 1 Level 1

    to cancel updates, just reset Home Screen Layout.  i promise this works especially once you clicked Update All


    go try it


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  • shaner2000 Level 1 Level 1

    So, don't try what BitukaMan said.


    Just tried it.

    Doesn't work.

    a) everything is still trying to download (I have them all paused) and

    b) now all my folders are gone and I'm going to have to redo them which takes FOREVER.


    Don't make the same mistake.


    Still looking for a solution.


    I don't even know how this happened to me.  Usually you have to enter a password to update all, but I haven't done that all day.  I wouldn't even have known it was happening except my phone was feeling hot in my pocket and I was trying to figure out why...and found out it was trying to download a gazillion updates


    (I also don't download every update because a lot of the new updates are for the "new retina ipad" and this just adds to the bulk of the program without really providing benefit on my iphone).

  • diesel vdub Level 7 Level 7

    This should have no affect on App updates, but it's worth a try.


    Settings > Store > Apps > change to Off.

    Also, on the same screen, change Use Cellular Data to Off.

  • _SiL_ Level 1 Level 1

    App store updates are cached as folders inside a folder on the iphone named Downloads before the old app is replaced, together with a {temporary?} sqlite database. Obviously the App Store app looks for content in this folder when it starts up, so while this cached data remains in the folder the iphone will attempt to continue with downloads, even after full shutdown and startup.


    There are third party programs which will mount your iphone in the finder and let you browse the disk contents - there are variations on what folders and what connection root they mount at and whether they allow you to modify or delete contents which you do at your own risk - you may need that backup!


    So need to pause the downloads, (if you want to make sure the downloads don't restart you can sign out of the app store / disable wifi / 3G data), mount the disk, eg using phoneview or a similar program, navigate to the above folder and delete the downloading updates (which you will see) and the sqlite database. A quick doublecheck is the date that the files have been created; it should be the date you commenced the accidental "update all" event {which really SHOULD have an OK confirmation action IMHO}.

    Shutdown and restart, and apps that haven't been replaced should have visually reverted to their previous state.


    There may or may not be issues caused by deleting the downloads database file, such as the phone thinking that it has already updated programs that you terminated the update for; it may pay to make a note of all of the paused updates before you take this step.


    Ios 5.1 Iphone 3GS

  • rene rowland Level 1 Level 1

    _SiL_ thanks sooo much!  I used an app like PhoneView just like you said!  I only needed to delete the sqlite database and it stopped all the updates.  users might try this first, before trying to decipher which downloads are which.  I used TouchCopy for <gasp>...</gasp> Windows 7, which does not show items by date.  but since I only needed to delete the sqlitedb, the dates didn't matter.  that you can do on the trial version of TouchCopy (v12.04) in case anyone is on Windows.

  • rene rowland Level 1 Level 1

    agree, don't try BitukaMan's solution...

  • thorn100 Level 1 Level 1

    I accidently bumped the "Update All" button. What worked for me was to turn on Airplane Mode right away and then restart the phone. Turn Airplane Mode off and check the App Store... everything should stop. I'm running iOS 6.0.1.

  • mitlenatch Level 1 Level 1

    Thank you _SiL_ and rene rowland, together you made my day.  I followed the TouchCopy variation (using a trial copy, version 12.9) and also deleted just the sqlitedb, then rebooted my iPad.  All of the pending downloads stopped, thank gawd!  PS: The iPad is running iOS 5.1.1.

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