Have you ever wanted to give priority to the most important apps during an iOS restore? Perhaps the app that you’re waiting for is a much-needed password management app used to facilitate logins? Or perhaps it’s some other mission critical app that you need ASAP.

In iOS 10, it’s now easy to pause app downloads, cancel downloads, and give priority to the most important apps. Watch our brief video walkthrough as we show you how.

How to prioritize app downloads in iOS 10

Step 1: While a restore is in progress, and apps are downloading, perform a 3D Touch gesture (firm press) on the app icon that you wish to prioritize.

Step 2: On the Quick Action menu that appears, tap the Prioritize Download option to prioritize the app.

Before the app download will commence, you may need to wait for other in-progress downloads to complete. If you’d like to pause an in-progress download, you can use the same 3D Touch gesture and use the Pause Download option instead. Once a download is paused, it frees up another slot for a download. This will allow the prioritized app to commence downloading sooner.

Watch our hands-on demonstration of iOS 10 app download priority below:

Video walkthrough

Subscribe to our YouTube channel for more iOS 10 tutorials

As you can see, this is a super-handy way to expedite the installation of certain apps. It’s especially nice for quickly accessing important apps, such as password managers.

Have you used the prioritize download feature in iOS 10 yet? If so, share you experience with the feature down in the comments below. And for more iOS 10 guides and tutorials, have a look at our growing iOS 10 YouTube playlist:

FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links. More.

Check out 9to5Mac on YouTube for more Apple news:

You’re reading 9to5Mac — experts who break news about Apple and its surrounding ecosystem, day after day. Be sure to check out our homepage for all the latest news, and follow 9to5Mac on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to stay in the loop. Don’t know where to start? Check out our exclusive stories, reviews, how-tos, and subscribe to our YouTube channel

About the Author

Jeff Benjamin

Jeff produces videos, walkthroughs, how-tos, written tutorials and reviews. He takes pride in being able to explain things in a simple, clear and concise manner.