iTunes 12 and Yosemite. How can I update all my apps?

I know. You thought Apple removed it. But, it was just a little hidden. The good news is we have more ways to customize our iTunes experience. The bad news is you probably pulled your hair out before googling the answer. Read below for the answer or watch the animated gif below.

  • Connect your iPhone/iPad and launch iTunes
  • In iTunes make sure that your App icon is turned on. Look in the upper left of the iTunes window. See the three little dots? Click on that and edit.
  • You can turn on the “Apps” menu by checking the box. Now the apps icon should show up in the same area as the other icons.
  • Click the Apps icon and see the menu change in the center. Now you can select “Updates” and “Check for Updates” or “Update All”.

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Lena Shore

Lena is a full-time freelancer and nerd that specializes in web development, graphic design, and illustration. She enjoys building things, learning new things, pursuing creative endeavors, and giving free advice.

16 Comments

  1. lee on February 17, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    Fair dinkum, apple engineers are some times so irritating. Why would they stuff around with the update apps option, then bury it. Idiots. Thanks for the solution.



  2. Laura E on March 6, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    Being a visual person, this was SUPER helpful! Thanks, Lena!!



    • Lena Shore on March 9, 2015 at 12:13 pm

      Glad to hear it!



  3. Rico on March 12, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    Thank you so much – you are a star! How nice to be able to get my apps display back to how it used to look!



    • Lena Shore on March 12, 2015 at 3:58 pm

      Yay! I know. It’s relief.



  4. Shled on July 1, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    So I did all thatm restarted iTunes (12.2) restarted the iMac 5k (OSX 10.10.4) and can even see all my apps in “Mobile Applications” but nothing shows in iTunes. All music and apps have been sylinked to another, larger volume and always worked fine. Any suggestions?



    • Lena Shore on July 2, 2015 at 8:05 am

      I wish I had some better advice for you, but I am also having update issues right now. I suspect there is an installer issue. I removed some extra items to give my device more room. If that doesn’t work, I’m going to go back to factory settings.

      You might check again today to see if there has been another update to your iTunes. I think maybe they patched the installer yesterday.



      • AmirAli on August 12, 2015 at 11:31 am

        It seems that you may have to back up manually your iphone. That did work for me. Go to the summary menu on the left and in the Backups window click Back up now. The updated app will be installed on your iphone.



  5. mahesh gowda on July 8, 2015 at 2:16 am

    I updated my apps through iTunes but in my mobile its asking for update.
    whether I want to update again in my phone????

    what is the solution pls give



    • Lena Shore on July 8, 2015 at 6:39 am

      I would plug in my phone into my computer and update it through iTunes. It could be your phone’s iOS needs to be updated in addition to your apps.



    • AmirAli on August 12, 2015 at 11:31 am

      seems that you may have to back up manually your iphone. That did work for me. Go to the summary menu on the left and in the Backups window click Back up now. The updated app will be installed on your iphone.



  6. Judy on August 8, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    Yes, and THANKS SO MUCH for providing this fix for updating mobile apps thru desktop computer and iTunes. My wifi connection has become MISERABLY SLOW, and I was having multiple issues with my iPod getting on the network, THEN, having 14 app updates to do. The newest iTunes update is VERY hinky to me. I don’t like it at all.
    BUT, even after updating my mobile apps thru iTunes, and resyncing to back it up, my iPod “App Store” STILL shows that those apps required updates… just like mahesh said, above.

    sigh.



    • Judy on August 8, 2015 at 3:18 pm

      AND, with the new iTunes version on my desktop, I can’t get it to automatically start & open when I connect my iPod, like it used to do.



  7. Kelly W on October 8, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    One of the most helpful animated gifs ever 🙂 thank you!



    • Lena Shore on October 8, 2015 at 2:41 pm

      You are so welcome! Glad it helped. It wasn’t intuitive for me that first time either. (:



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