Newsstand Tips

Manage or cancel Newsstand subscriptions on the go!

iOS Tips

How to enable automatic app downloads on iPhone and iPad

Troubleshooting iOS

Stop the music app from eating through your data allowance

How to

How to re-download movies, music, and TV shows to your Mac or PC with iTunes in the Cloud

How to

How to re-download previously purchased apps and games on iPhone and iPad

How to

How to re-download purchased books with iBooks and iTunes in the Cloud

How to

How to re-download purchased music, movies, and TV shows with iTunes in the Cloud

How to

How to delete songs in the Music app to free up space on your iPhone or iPad


Apple makes iTunes in the Cloud TV shows and movies available in Germany


Wouldn't it be great if we could turn iTunes movie rentals into purchases?


iTunes Match hits Scandinavia, iTunes in the Cloud expanded in Bulgaria and Portugal


iBeacons being used to deliver Newsstand publications, a coffee shop's new best friend?


Schrödinger's Newsstand


The case of the missing icon: Some people unable to access TV Shows on Apple TV


Apple pushes out iTunes update to address iTunes in the Cloud issues

iTunes in the Cloud Movies hits Austria, Estonia, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovenia, Switzerland


Should Apple bring iTunes to Android, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone? [Poll]


iBooks and Newsstand lose wooden textures for a flatter design in iOS 7


Apple adds "Download Later" option to iTunes in the Cloud


Apple launches iTunes in the Cloud for movies in eleven European countries

< >

How to enable automatic downloads for Newsstand subscriptions

How to enable automatic downloads for Newsstand publications

As of iOS 7, Apple changed how automatic downloads for Newsstand are triggered. Instead of enabling automatic downloads in its own respective section of the Settings app, like other iTunes in the Cloud content is treated, Newsstand publications now have the option to take advantage of background app refresh.

How to enable background app refresh for Newsstand publications

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad running iOS 7 or higher.
  2. Tap on General.
  3. Tap on Background App Refresh.
  4. Find the name of the Newsstand publication that you'd like to automatically download new issues of.
  5. Turn background app refresh to On.

That's all there is to it. Just enable background app refresh for publications you want to download automatically and leave it off for ones that you'd like to trigger yourself. It functions much the same as automatic downloads using iTunes in the Cloud, it's just in a different area.

Allyson Kazmucha

Senior editor for iMore. I can take apart an iPhone in less than 6 minutes. I also like coffee and Harry Potter more than anyone really should.

More Posts



← Previously

Should Apple consider adding new board members?

Next up →

Apple releases Pride video, says 'Inclusion inspires innovation'

Reader comments

How to enable automatic downloads for Newsstand subscriptions


In my (admittedly limited) experience of Newstand publications, many won't auto download no matter what you enable. They simply don't support that functionality. Worse, many don't even notify you when a new issue is available. It's all a bit of a mess at present.