How to Download iPhone-Only Apps to an iPad

How to Download iPhone-Only Apps to an iPad

Several times when I've gone to the App Store to download a popular app such as Periscope, Snapchat, or Instagram, I initially get frustrated. That's because the App Store recognizes that I'm on an iPad and only shows me apps designed for the iPad. Then I remember that I need to change the default "iPad only" setting in the app to "iPhone only." I'm then able to download iPhone apps that haven't been designed specifically for the iPad.

Let's say I want to put Snapchat on my iPad. I open the App Store app on my iPad and type in "Snapchat." As you can see, the autocomplete feature even suggests there's an iPad version of Snapchat.

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But when I do the search, the Snapchat app doesn't appear. The only Snapchat apps that come up are third-party apps that interact with your Snapchat account.

To download the actual Snapchat app, go to the top left corner of the App Store app and tap on "iPad only."

A dropdown menu will appear that lets you select "iPhone only."

Select that and the app automatically executes the search again. The Snapchat app will now appear in the search results. You can now download it to your iPad.

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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.