Are you finding that you’re not seeing new apps on the App Store, or that updates to apps won’t go away even after you’ve installed the updates? Here’s a simple fix.

Even though the App Store isn’t a web page, it caches data so it loads faster, just like a web page. Clearing the cache in the App Store can help you make sure you have the latest, most up-to-date apps and updates in the App Store. There is a built-in way to clear the App Store cache–it just isn’t obvious.

To clear the App Store cache, tap the “App Store” icon on your Home screen.

Tap ten times on any one of the buttons on the toolbar at the bottom of the App Store screen (Featured, Top Charts, Explore, Search, or Updates).

The App Store empties its cache and reloads with everything current and updated. Notice we have Updates available now.

Now, when the App Store misbehaves and doesn’t show you current, up-to-date information, try clearing the cache. It may not work every time (say, if the App Store is down or having problems), but in many cases this will fix it right up.

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Lori Kaufman is a technology expert with 25 years of experience. She's been a senior technical writer, worked as a programmer, and has even run her own multi-location business.
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