On my iPhone, the App Store has a badge saying "2". When I open the App Store and go to the Updates page, there are two apps at the top, which for a split-second say "Update" and then immediately change to "Open". But the "2" badge remains. The apps are in the "Pending updates" section.

So I can't even update these apps if I wanted to, because either they have already updated or they are preventing me from updating.

I already tried hard resetting my device but no luck. I'd rather not take the extreme route of restoring my device if possible. Anyone know of any other solutions?

  • see if iTunes can fetch them, then sync
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Jan 31, 2015 at 18:03
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    I've seen this occasionally on my phone. Usually waiting 12 hours (e.g. overnight) or so clears up the issue for me.
    – dwightk
    Commented Jan 31, 2015 at 18:10
  • The problem keeps fixing itself a few times, but then it keeps returning. That's why I keep posting my answer to my own question and then deleting it...
    – Gary
    Commented Feb 3, 2015 at 16:43
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    Try re entering your Apple Store password. Or maybe it's an account problem, like expired credit card.
    – Sam
    Commented Mar 15, 2015 at 18:50

3 Answers 3


I had same problem and fixed it by closing the app down then reopening it, selecting the updates tab, then quickly press on 'update all' before the app updates revert back to 'open'.. You only have a split second to do this but it did work

  • After a few hours, the problem re-appears after trying this.
    – Gary
    Commented Mar 27, 2015 at 17:45
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    I keep tapping the corner before opening the app ;-)
    – ohho
    Commented Sep 17, 2015 at 1:55

Force quit the App Store (open the App Store, then hold power until the slide to power off slider appears, then hold home until the app quits), then reopen it and go to the Updates tab. Let it refresh the list and the problem should be resolved.

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    That didn't work for me.
    – Gary
    Commented Feb 1, 2015 at 4:05
  • This worked for me. Not on the first attempt, but it did work. iPhone 5S, iOS 9 (I think), Whatsapp (don't ask). Commented Oct 12, 2016 at 2:34
  • "Not on the first attempt" = I had to hit "Update" a few times. Commented Oct 12, 2016 at 3:07

Which iOS are you using? There is an issue where it won't update but opens when you press "update" if you're not on the iOS 8.x versions. The only way to update is click on the app and it'll take you to the details of the app, then you can update.

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