Tech Tip: Windows Phone How To Fix Stuck Live Tiles That Won’t Update

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If you’re a Windows Phone user, you might have run into an issue where some, or all, of your live tiles seem to get stuck and stop updating. These fixes mainly apply to Windows Phone 8, but might work with 7.x. Keep in mind, there’s also mass confirmation that there’s an issue with the 7.8 update, so these fixes may not help that at all.

In my experience, the thing that seems to always cause the tiles to stop updating is when I have to do a forceful reboot where I have to hold in the Volume Down and Power buttons to force a reboot. This can happen when your phone freezes either because of the OS or an app locks the whole phone. When you power the phone back on, some of your live tiles won’t update.

You might be in luck! There’s a combination of things you can try to get your tiles working again without having to do a hard reset and start from scratch.

Do A Normal Reboot

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The first thing you can do is try a normal reboot. You do this by holding in the power button until you get the “Slide Down To Power Off” on your screen. After you slide down on your screen, the phone will power off. Then hold in the power button again to turn it back on.

Clear Your Internet Explorer Cache And History

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This one seems like an odd choice, but it is an official suggestion from Microsoft Support themselves. To do this, go to settings, then swipe over to Applications, then select Internet Explorer. On the next screen, click on the Delete History button and confirm that you want to delete the files.

Block Background Tasks & Re-enable

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To do this one, go into your settings and swipe over to Applications, then select Background Tasks. For all of the apps you have a live tile for, select that app and click on the Block button and check the box that says “Turn background tasks back on for this app the next time I open it”.

Conclusion

There’s definitely a bug somewhere that causes some live tiles to stop working. There’s also been mentions that there’s a limit to 6 apps outside of the OS tiles that you can use for live tiles.

The way I got mine working again was to block the background tasks, delete the IE history, then do a normal reboot. Once the phone came back on, my Me tile started updating, then I opened my weather app and a few others and they all started working again.

By | 2016-10-16T15:58:53+00:00 February 13th, 2013|Categories: Smartphone, Tech Tips|Tags: , , , , , , , |23 Comments

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  1. Robert Russell (@mindfrost82) February 13, 2013 at 5:04 pm - Reply

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    • Peter November 4, 2014 at 3:26 am - Reply

      Old post but I had same problem on WP8.1. your solution worked for News tile not updating after I cleared the IE cache ( I think).

      Now go to Battery Saver, switch off and on background task for the News app, then switch on and off Allow App to run in background. It worked without switching off my phone.

  2. Rick July 24, 2013 at 2:41 pm - Reply

    Hey, just a big thanks for this post. I have been through two Lumia 920’s for this exact issue and it started to happen on a third and this fixed it!
    Big, Big help my friend.
    Thank You!

    • Robert Russell July 29, 2013 at 9:33 am - Reply

      No problem! Glad it helped you out! I remember having the issue with my Lumia 920 as well and running through these steps definitely helped. Sometimes the issue would still come back though, unfortunately.

  3. Ejay Lozano August 28, 2013 at 2:23 pm - Reply

    Doesn’t update my facebook tile, the only thing that seems to be updating is the background photo, no toast or tile notifications…

  4. Jay December 4, 2013 at 6:11 am - Reply

    Hi, and thanks for these suggestions. Unfortunately I tried all of the above on my ATIV S, and it didn’t help the FB tile. I ended up uninstalling it, rebooting, and reinstalling. This at least cleared the old “stuck” message. So I would suggest adding it as maybe a last resort. Possibly a combination of having tried your suggestions and an uninstall/reinstall.

    thanks

  5. Jay December 4, 2013 at 6:12 am - Reply

    Hi, and thanks for these suggestions. Unfortunately I tried all of the above on my ATIV S, and it didn’t help the FB tile. I ended up uninstalling it, rebooting, and reinstalling. This at least cleared the old “stuck” message. So I would suggest adding it as maybe a last resort. Possibly a combination of having tried your suggestions and an uninstall/reinstall.

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