Some people have made complaints online saying that their iPhone brings up a notification saying “App Needs to be Updated” after they have updated their iOS version to iOS 11. If you have experienced such, do not worry, here is a guide to fix the issue on your iPhone.

Why Am I Getting The App Needs To Be Updated Error Message?

Most iPhone, iPod and iPad users are confused about what is causing the error message to appear on their iOS device. “My iOS device is updated to the latest operating system, so why do I get the error message?”

Well, the main reason why people receive this error message on their iOS device is that the developer of whichever app brings the notification needs to also update the app from 32-bit to 64-bit as iOS devices no longer support 32-bit apps.

If you want to know which apps are compatible with your current iOS version, you do not have to tap each one of them to check. All you have to do instead is follow the steps below.

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iOS device.
  2. Next, Tap on “General.”
  3. Tap on “About.”
  4. Tap on Applications and then tap on the App Compatibility menu.

A list of apps that are not compatible with your iOS version will appear on your device’s screen.

How To Fix The “App Needs To Be Updated Issue”

If you really need a specific app on your iOS device and want to keep using it even though it hasn’t been updated, then you should try contacting the developers of such app so they can update the app. If you wish to contact the developer of any app, tap on the app in the App Compatibility menu and then visit the Developer’s website.

This method, however, may not work all in some cases as the app may have even been removed from the App Store entirely. If that happens to be the case, a notification will come up telling you that “the app is not currently available in the App Store”.

If you are not able to get the contact information of the developer from the App Store, you should try searching for him/her on Google. You should search for the name of the developer together with the app.

Will The 32-bit apps Work on Device Running iOS 10 or Earlier?

The answer to that is YES. Just as long as you haven’t updated your iOS device operating system to iOS 11, you can continue running 32-bit apps on your device. However, the apps will automatically stop working and start showing you the error message as soon as you update your iOS device to iOS 11.


Just like you, we also have favourite apps which we are not able to use because they haven’t been upgraded. We also hate to see the apps non-functional anymore. However, we hope that with the few tips which we have given above, you can contact the developer and get your favourite app functional once again. Good luck, and also make sure to let us know if it works out for you.

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