I'm trying to understand the automatic download on iPhone.

On Apple's documentation it specifically states:

If you turn on Updates, any new versions of apps that you currently have on your device automatically download when they're available.

My setting is set to download apps automatically:

However, I have tons of apps waiting to be updated:

  • It'll only update when connected to power and Wi-Fi – Harcker Jun 20 '17 at 8:29
  • @Harcker - well it's connected to WiFi and power for hours now and nothing gets updated... – Gal Jun 20 '17 at 13:02

In the "More about Automatic Downloads" section:

If your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch has an Internet connection and you turn on Push Notifications, your content automatically downloads to your device. On an associated device that doesn't support Push Notifications, your content automatically appears in your iTunes download queue. You can manually download the content in iTunes.

I had turned off push notifications for the App Store and automatic updates stopped working. After I turned it on again it started working as usual.

  • sorry, but I have push turned on for App Store and still need to manually update apps. – Gal Jun 20 '17 at 13:04

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