Many Apple users receive a notification saying “App Needs to be Updated” after updating to the iOS 10 or iOS 11 firmware and are unsure what causes the issue. Well, don’t worry! Here is a guide to help you fix the problem for good.

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Why I’m Getting the App Needs to Be Updated Error Message?

Most iPhone, iPad, and iPod users are confused about what causes the error. “My device is updated to the current operating system then why the issue”.

Well, the main reason for this is that the developer also needs to update the app from 32-bit to 64-bit as 32-bit apps are no longer supported in iOS 11 devices.

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To find out which apps are compatible with your operating system, you don’t have to go around tapping on them and see which ones open and which don’t. Instead, just go to the Settings tab > General > About > Applications > App Compatibility Menu. A list of apps will appear that are not compatible with your iOS 10 or iOS 11 device.

How to Fix The App Needs to Be Updated Issue?

If you really enjoy the specific app and wish that it is updated, then you may want to try contacting the app developer to see if they’ll update their app from 32-bit to 64-bit. To contact the developer simply tap the app in the App Compatibility Menu (Settings -> General -> About -> Applications) and visit the Developer Website.

Unfortunately, this method may not always work as the app may have been removed from the App store entirely and if this is the case, then you are likely to see a notification that says “This app is not currently available in the App store”.

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If the contact information of the developer is unavailable, you can do a Google search with the name of the app to find the information on the developer.

Will the 32-bit apps Work on Devices Running iOS 10 or Earlier?

Yes, if you haven’t upgraded your Apple device and are still running iOS 10 or earlier, then any 32-bit app will continue to work. However, they will automatically stop working whenever you decide to upgrade your device.


Just like you, we also enjoy some of the Apple apps and hate to see them non-functional due to the much-needed upgrade. However, we hope that with the tips above, you are successful in making your favorite apps compatible with the latest iOS upgrade. Good luck and let us know if they work for you or not!