How to Gift an iPad App

Want to make someone's day? Send them an iPad app

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You can easily give iPad apps as gifts in the App Store. The hardest part is picking out the app itself. If you don't know what they'll like, give that special someone an App Store gift card. Tell your family and friends that they are special with the gift of the hottest new app.

How to Gift an iPad App

You no longer go through iTunes on a computer to buy apps. Buy apps (or give apps) for Apple iOS devices, including the iPad, with your iPad or iPhone using the App Store. The process is similar to buying an app for yourself.

  1. On the iPad Home screen, tap the App Store icon.

    App Store icon on iPad Home Screen
  2. Scroll through the App Store Today screen to see new and featured apps. If you have a specific app in mind or want more options, go to the bottom of the screen and tap Apps.

    Apps button in App Store app on iPad

    Need suggestions on what app to gift? Check out this guide to the best iPad games.

  3. Select an app from the Apps screen by scrolling through it or using the search field. The apps that display Get next to them are free, although they may offer in-app purchases. Paid apps display the price next to the name.

    LookUp app on App Store on iPad
  4. Tap the app that you have decided to gift to someone to open its information screen.

  5. Select the blue circle with three dots on the right side of the screen to open a screen with the Gift App option.

    More button in app detail screen
  6. Select Gift App to gift a paid app. If the app is free, select Share App. There is no Gift App option for free apps.

    Gift app option in App Store
  7. In the Send Gift screen, enter the recipient's email address in the To field and enter your name in the From field.

  8. In the Message field, type a message.

  9. Select the date you want Apple to notify your recipient of the gift, then tap Next.

    Next button in Send Gift dialog
  10. In the Select Theme screen, choose a theme for your gift presentation, then tap Next.

    Theme selection screen's Next button
  11. In the Review screen, confirm the information and the price, then tap Buy to complete the gift order.

    Buy button when gifting an app
  12. The recipient of your gift receives an email with instructions on how to download and install the app.

How to Send an App Store Gift Card From an iPad

For people who struggle with picking out an app for their friends or family members, there's always the Gift Card option.

  1. Open the App Store, go to the bottom of the screen, then tap either Today or Apps. The gift card option is available from either screen.

  2. Tap your photo or avatar in the upper-right corner of the screen.

    Personal avatar in App Store on iPad
  3. In the Account screen, select Send Gift Card by Email.

    Send Gift Card by Email in App Store
  4. In the Send Gift screen, enter the recipient's email address, your name, and a message.

  5. Select the amount you want to send or tap Other to choose a different amount.

  6. Select a different date if you don't want the gift card sent today, then tap Next.

    $25 amount in Send Gift dialog

    If you select Other, the virtual keyboard appears, and you can enter any amount between $15 and $200.

  7. In the Select Theme screen, choose a theme, which is personalized with your message, name, and gift amount. Tap Next.

    Theme selection screen for Gift Card on App Store
  8. In the Review screen, review the information, then tap Buy to complete the order.

    Buy button in Gift Card dialog on App Store
  9. Your recipient will receive an email on the date that you specified.