How to Turn On Automatic App Updates on an iPad

Managing app updates on your iPad can be a bit of a hassle once you have installed a large number of apps. Your iPad will even show the number of available updates that are waiting to be installed (although you can turn off the App Store badge app icon.) But you do not have to install all of those updates manually.

Our tutorial below will show you how to set up your iPad so that it automatically downloads and installs app updates as they become available.


Enable Automatic App Updates on an iPad in iOS 9

Device used: iPad 2

Software version: iOS 9.1

This guide will show you how to set up your iPad so that it will automatically download and install updates that are available for the apps that you have installed on your device. It will not automatically install iOS updates. Additionally, apps updates will not install if you do not have enough free space on your device. If you need to free up some space, then find out more about deleting apps on an iPad.


  1. Open the Settings menu.
  2. open the settings menu



  3. Scroll down and select the App and iTunes Stores option in the column at the left side of the screen.
  4. open the app and itunes stores menu



  5. Tap the button to the right of Updates in the column at the right side of the screen. I have enabled automatic app updates in the image below. You will note that there are also options for Music, Apps and Books. If you have another device that uses the same Apple ID, then selecting any of those other three options will allow you to automatically download purchases to your iPad that you have made on your other devices.

turn on automatic app updates on ipad in ios 9



if your iPad is running slowly, or if you intend to download some movies to your iPad, then you may be concerned about the amount of free space left on the device. Learn how to check your iPad’s remaining storage space to see if you need to start deleting some apps and files.