How to Download Apps to iPad

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What to Know

  • Open the App Store app to browse for apps you can install on your iPad.
  • Use the search bar to search for apps you can install.
  • Select an app, and tap Get to download and install free apps or Buy to purchase a premium app.

The apps that come built into the iPad are useful for basic tasks, but it's the apps that you install on it that make it a must-use device. Personalize your iPad with free and paid apps downloaded from the App Store directly to your device.

How to Add Apps to an iPad

iTunes is no longer the place to go for iOS apps. Instead, go to the App Store to buy apps and download free apps to your iPad, which is more convenient than transferring apps from a computer. If you delete an app and later want to retrieve it (without repaying for paid apps), the process is simple.

  1. Tap the App Store app.

    App Store icon on iPad
  2. The app opens on the Today screen, which includes new and recommended apps. If you want to see a larger selection of apps and app categories, go to the bottom of the screen and tap Apps.

    Apps icon on Today screen in App Store on iPad
  3. To find an app you want to install, search for it by name or browse the apps on the Today or Apps screens. If you're looking for games, tap Games at the bottom of the screen. To browse categories such as productivity, graphics, lifestyle, and others, tap Search and enter the category.

    Games tab in App Store on iPad
  4. Tap an app to open its information screen, which contains reviews, ratings, screenshots, and comments from the developer. When you find an app you want, tap Get for free apps or the price for paid apps.

    Get button in App Store on iPad
  5. Tap Install for free apps or Buy for paid apps to confirm the download.

    Install button in App Store on iPad
  6. You may be asked to enter your Apple ID. The download starts, and soon the app is installed on your iPad and ready to use.

Having problems downloading or updating apps on your iPad? We've got the solutions in iPhone Won't Download Apps? 11 Ways to Fix It (don't worry; it applies to iPads, too).

How to Re-Download Apps to iPad

After an app is deleted from your iPad, you can re-download and install it. All your past purchases from iTunes and the App Store are available at any time, except for items that are no longer available in the App Store.

To retrieve an app you previously removed from your iPad:

  1. Tap the App Store app on your iPad.

  2. Tap your image or avatar at the upper-right corner of the Today screen. Your avatar is also available at the top of the Games, Apps, and Updates screens.

    App Store account avatar on iPad
  3. In the Account screen, tap Purchased.

    Purchased button in Account on App Store for iPad
  4. Tap Not on this iPad to see previously downloaded apps that are not installed.

    Not on this iPad tab in App Store on iPad
  5. Scroll through the apps you have removed from your iPad in the past. When you find the one that you want, tap the download icon to reinstall it. In some cases, you may be asked for your Apple ID, but usually, the download starts right away.

    Download from the cloud button in App Store on iPad
  6. Tap Open next to the app to open it immediately or tap Done to exit the Purchased screen.

    Open button in App Store on iPad

Got an app and realized you don't like it and want to delete it? Learn what to do in How to Delete Apps on an iPad.

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