How to Purchase & Download Apps on Your iPhone & iPad

* This post is part of iPhone Life's Tip of the Day newsletter. . *

Half the fun of having an iPhone or iPad is being able to try all sorts of apps for work and fun. To download an app, you'll need to search or browse for the app in the App Store. Here's how to purchase and download apps from the App Store.

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Note: You will need to have an Apple ID and an up-to-date iTunes billing method set up in order to purchase apps. Take a moment to set up an Apple ID and update your iTunes billing information if you need to.

How to Find Apps

  1. Open the App Store.
  2. You can browse apps with help of the tabs at the bottom:
    Today shows the popular apps of the current day.
    Games is for popular games.



    Apps is for a general overview of what’s popular and new in the App Store.
    Arcade is a paid subscription service for iOS compatible games.


     
  3. Tap on any tab to scroll through apps in those categories
  4. Or you can search the App Store using the Search tab. Tap Search and enter an app name or a description of the type of app you want to install. 

How to Tell If an App Is Free or Paid (or Has In-App Purchases)

  1. Free apps will say Get to the right of the app name.


     
  2. Paid apps will show the price to the right of the app name.


     
  3. If an app offers in-app purchases, it will say so under Get/the price.

How to Purchase & Download an App

  1. Tap Get, or the listed price if it's a paid app.
  2. When prompted, use Face or Touch ID to confirm the purchase. Or enter your Apple ID password if you don't have Face or Touch ID


     
  3. The app will automatically download and install.

Now you know how to find, purchase, and install apps on your iPhone.

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Hallei is a 2018 graduate of Maharishi University of Management with a BFA in Creative & Professional Writing. She's currently working on a novel about people using witchcraft to clean their houses.