Refresh App Store Taps

Have you ever ventured into the App Store expecting a new update, only to find that the update has not yet appeared? Since the App Store has no refresh button, I used to force close the app, and reopen it to check for new updates.

There’s an even easier way to refresh the App Store. I’m not sure if it was purposely done, or if it’s a bug, or what. All I know is that this refresh trick works on iOS 8 and newer versions of the software, but it doesn’t appear to work on lesser firmware.

Inside, I’ll show you how to quickly refresh the App Store and check for new updates in a flash. Check out the video.

So here’s what you need to do to force refresh the App Store:

Step 1: Launch the App Store app.

Step 2: Tap any tab 10 times.

Step 3: Watch as the App Store refreshes.

See? It’s that easy. There are some points of note, however:

  • The tap that you use to switch to a tab counts as a tap, so, it may seem like only 9 taps in total.
  • This work on both the iTunes Store app, and the iBooks Store. Oddly enough, the iBooks Store only seems to require 5 taps, not 10.

True enough, this isn’t exactly mind blowing, but it’s a trick I’ve been using for some time now, and it’s always like a little reward when a badge appears on the Updates tab after I use this trick to refresh the App Store.

What do you think? Will you make this trick a part of your repertoire? Let me know in the comments.

  • Frank Anthony

    Very cool.. iDB can’t be more awesome! Thanks Jeff for this info

    • Rom3

      Jeff always has good tips! ☺️

  • nyangejr

    long ago

  • Domi

    Jeff is back!!!11

  • max6491

    It can be done with all the buttons on app store … Try it

  • Rares

    Beware, Apple doesn’t sign ios 7.1.2 anymore.

    • Martin

      You mean they don’t sign 7.1.2 for iPhone 4 anymore?? NOOOO


  • O.O Whaaat…

  • Greg Warren

    I wish it was less than 10 taps, but this is badass! Thank you!

  • Fardeen Beharry

    thx jeff , did not know that

  • Fanboy 

    It’s iOS 8, so this has to be a bug. Lol

  • Rock Lee

    so a ten time tap the tab in the app?

  • Sergey Filatov

    It seems like it only works on iOS 8. I have 7.1.2, this does not work for me

  • jgr627

    Very cool trick but my question to you is, how did you even come across such a strange feature? What made you count to 10? Lol

  • Great tip, amazeballs! Thanks for sharing!

  • Cool, thanks for the hint.

  • Kurt

    Pretty cool tip!

  • Chris Jones

    I open my appstore app and all recent updates for any app on my ipad show automatically. I do not need to refresh anything to see new updates. Is my own appstore different or what?

  • jobcoombz

    I just launch the App Store, press on the update tab, press any other tab, and then go back to update tab them it just works.

  • hmm; never knew….

  • Dararith Ros

    Did this and now my App Store doesn’t load at all

  • Tarik Fejer

    What about in ios 11
    Nothing happens when i tap ten times on any of the 5 icons in the bottom of the AppStore
    Any solutions?!