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Pause An App Download Or Update

If you are roaming around outside without WiFi and you want to download a larger app or make a bigger update by using mobile data, the speed of the mobile data can suffer a lot. We want to show you a trick to avoid this. The trick will enable you to pause running app updates or downloads, so that you can continue them later, when you are in reach of WiFi. If you are looking for a way to cancel a download, you want to read this article.

Pause download or update of an app in iOS 10

In iOS 10 you have the option to pause downloads and updates via 3D Touch and continue it later.


You will need a 3D Touch capable iPhone to try this trick by yourself. This means you need an iPhone 6s or later. In addition you have to use iOS 10 or later on your iPhone.

If you are using older iOS versions or if you own an older iPhone, scroll down to check out the method that is working for earlier versions and iPhones.

Pause download – This is how it works

Press firmly an app icon that is loading right now. You recognize it on the caption “Loading…” instead of the app’s name.

This way it opens a Quick Action menu, in which you can choose “Cancel download“. The download stops instantly and the app caption shows “Paused” now.

Whenever you want to continue the download, open the Quick Action menu and continue the download, or just tap the app icon once.

The older way to pause download or update of an app

If you are using iOS 9 or earlier and/or iPhone 6 or earlier, you cannot use the 3 D Touch. We will show you how to pause app downloads without 3D Touch.

Tap the app icon once, so that the download is paused. You will recognize it on the caption “Paused” that shows up instead of “Loading…”.

To continue the download, tap the app icon again and it will instantly switch to “Loading…” again.