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I’ve noticed this morning that app updates stopped showing up in desktop iTunes on Mac and Windows. It’s interesting that the App Store on my iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices still notifies me of available updates like before. For instance, tapping the Updates tab in the App Store storefront app on iDevices shows all of the available updates.

Not so much in desktop iTunes, unfortunately.

Individual app updates are still available by visiting an app’s page in iTunes and hitting the Update button, they just won’t show up in the Updates tab section section. Twitter says a growing number of users are now experiencing this hiccup, with early reports of the issue dating as far back as a week ago…

When I hit the Check for Updates button in iTunes 11.1.3 running on OS X Mavericks, I’m repeatedly getting the “There are no updates available for any of the apps in your iTunes library” message.

That doesn’t mean the actual app updates are unavailable on Apple’s servers, it’s just that they won’t show up in iTunes for some reason.

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Case in point: I headed to the All Apps section, scrolled to the Argus fitness app and right-clicked to bring up the contextual menu. I hit the self-explanatory Show in iTunes Store option.

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Surprisingly, the Argus’ App Store page shows the Update button, which means the files are available on Apple’s servers. Hitting the button applies the update successfully in desktop iTunes.

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Again, this intermittent issue manifests itself only in desktop iTunes for Mac and Windows PCs.

I tried logging out and then back in with my iTunes account, to no avail. I also switched to another App Store account and tried changing the iTunes Store country, but that didn’t solve the problem either.

According to this thread at Apple’s Support Discussion forums, folks have been experiencing the loss of functionality of app updates in iTunes for a few days now.

Yes, I checked the iCloud status page – all services are operational and there were no reported issues at post time.

Again, app updates show up on iOS devices as they normally do.

Who’s experiencing the same issue?

Have you found any workaround yet?

Do sound off down in the comments.

  • Radu

    same here.. 🙁

  • Uchiha Itachi

    Same here, I thought something was wrong with my itunes.

  • Jimhun

    For me on the iphone there is no notification badge showing when update available on App Store 🙁

  • BBL

    Same here… And it’s been like this for few days now

  • Joey

    Same thing. Tried everything you did as well. No fix.

  • Guest

    was happening ti me as well, but found a solution on apple discussions page:

    u just need to check that all the apps in itunes are purchased from single apple id or not. if there are apps from multiple apple id’s. Just remove those apps from itunes.

    Check ur apps by going to apps>list, “sort by purchasing date”, then go to get info. Check each app.

    After checking all apps just keep apps in the list with single apple id, then go to updates and u will be able to find all updates for the apps.

  • Amrit Singh

    It was happening to me as well, but found a solution on apple discussions page:

    u just need to check that all the apps in itunes are purchased from single apple id or not. if there are apps from multiple apple id’s. Just remove those apps from itunes.

    Check ur apps by going to apps>list, “sort by purchasing date”, then go to get info. Check each app.

    After checking all apps just keep apps in the list with single apple id, then go to updates and u will be able to find all updates for the apps.

  • ricky_nguyen

    It is happening to me as well.. 🙁

  • 7abib0

    I have the same problem. I use iTools app for windows to check for any app update.

  • Jordan James Dalzell

    Been having the same issue past few days with no fix 🙁

  • 543!D

    same thing; but normally after the update you’ll find the
    app in trash ; i updated some of my apps but none is deleted; Who’s
    experiencing the same issue?

  • Abdullah Al-Temimy

    but my iTunes works well :

  • BBL

    I can confirm Amrit Singh solution… it’s working now
    I have 2 apple ID, so after deleting all apps that belong to my secondary apple ID now all updates show up
    problem I wanna have both accounts.. I hope it’s only a bug and not Apple trying to make us choose to have only one account that will be stupid

  • ConduciveMammal

    The other day, the Updates section of my iPhone’s App Store, showed updates. But instead of the usual “Update” button, it had one that said “Free” and when I updated, it asked for my fingerprint as if I was purchasing an app. Anyone else had this?

    • Adan

      Yes, it did happen to me too. It got as far as asking me my security questions because ‘that device had not been used to buy apps before’ which it had. When it prompted me to pay again for the app I cancelled, tried again and then it did show up as an update. Coincidentally, it was for the Argus app.

  • chumawumba

    Why did you show the iTunes 10 icon?

    • Adan

      Why do post questions that don’t make any sense?

  • Adan

    This happens if you have apps from different ID’s/country stores. I guess Apple no longer likes you to do this. C**ts!

  • WolfgangHoltz

    It’s Apple and they not known to bee the best company to tell if they have problem. They probably don’t say a thing and hope the problem solves itself.
    And soon no update anyway because of Christmas and most updates is just so the the new iOS7 runs and not freezes so who cares.

  • Aikane Kai

    I’ve never had more than one Apple ID and I still have this issue. It might be related, but that’s not the only cause.
    When physically connecting my iPhone (still on v 6.1.3) to my Mac, I clicked on Update for each app that showed Update in the Apps section of the iPhone itself. This worked fine, however I noticed one thing.
    I have 2 apps which I am choosing to not update yet. They show on my iPhone as updates. They show in iTunes Apps section as updates, but they do NOT show in the apps section of the iPhone section of iTunes.

  • jack

    I wonder why you update apps with iTunes while all your iOS devices can update apps automatically

    • Adan

      How about you don’t be pedantic and let people update as they see fit?

      • jack

        I’m not prohibiting you from doing anything. if you wanna jump off a cliff dressing as a geisha too you go ahead.

      • Adan

        Yeah… you’re still pedantic.

  • Sergio lima

    Its is because the iwork and ilife are updating to the last version for free, so, aplle would be correcting this right now

    • Adan

      And in English that means what??

      • Sergio lima

        Apple is correcting the bug that give the last update for free to the users

      • Sergio lima

        Of both ilife and iwork

      • Adan

        iLife & iWork were both free ALREADY… since September!
        (to owners of new devices)

      • Sergio lima

        Yes i know it, but with the “bug” you can update in any device, just in the mac store, not in the iphones.

      • Adan

        You can only ‘update’ if you already have the apps. Anyway, where did you get this (dubious) information??

      • Sergio lima

        Of you have the old version of iwork and ilife you are not alowed do update for free, only if you pay for the new version

  • Darrick

    no problems for me, using windows 7 and the latest version of iTunes

  • Sputnik09

    +1

  • butterfield

    same here and I’m on 10.7.5

  • Darwish

    MIne i cant sync my moms 4S and it keeps cancelling

  • V. Ríos M

    Same here from Mexico City. iMac MacOS 10.6.8, iTunes 11.1.3. 🙁

  • Kadus Banti

    I also experienced the same thing.

    how to evercame them?

  • Saria Hajjar

    I had the problem (like 3 days ago) but today its gone… i didn’t do anything, not even hit my desktop…. now its working for some reason.
    I hope its fixed on all the accounts not just mine.

  • nyangejr

    started working today, i had this problem since friday, no updates for the whole weekend

  • Josh

    Mine’s fine, I’m in the UK if that makes a difference?

  • Reyas Mohammed

    Its working from today, everything is fine now..
    I got a popup in iTunes also, with new features in iTunes video.

  • Ying Zheng

    I’m going to take a punt and guess it’s because they were about to push out the Mavericks 10.9.1 update… but that’s just my guess… now that’s it’s pushed out… they’ve resumed the service?!

  • RJ Wong

    I have last years iMac and this years MacBook Pro. iTunes notified me, then upgraded Mavericks to 10.91 on my iMac but still won’t recognize that an upgrade is available on my MacBook Pro. There is a possibility that the update option is working intermittently I suppose. Just a single Apple ID…

  • Jocelyn Kinny

    I had this problem this evening. I only have one Apple ID account. But I realised that my iTunes store was set to the US (I tried to download a song last week that wasn’t available in the Aus iTunes store and it diverted me to the US store). Once I changed my iTunes store back to Australia, the problem was solved. So my advice is check the iTunes store region.

  • Neilfan1957

    Same here. It’s been going on for about 2 months now.