How to gift iPhone and iPad apps with iTunes

How to gift iPhone and iPad apps with iTunes

With the holiday season coming up, apps are a quick and easy gift to give that don't even require you to leave your own home. There are two main ways you can send app gifts to your friends and family, either straight from your iPhone or iPad or from iTunes.

So if you've got a loved one that you know has really been eyeing the entire Angry Birds collection for their iPad, you can quickly and easily give the gift of flying pigs using iTunes. Not sure how? Follow along.

  1. Open iTunes on your Mac or PC.
  2. Click on iTunes Store in the upper right hand corner.
  3. Choose App Store along the top to browse categories or view the main page. You can also just search for apps if you know exactly what you're looking for.
  4. Once you find the app you'd like to gift to someone, click the arrow that's next to the Buy button that shows the price and choose the Gift This App option.
  5. The gift window will pop up. You can choose between sending the gift via e-mail or printing it out to give yourself. The only difference is that the print method won't require you to give an email address.
  6. Fill out all the information and then click Continue.
  7. You will be asked to enter your iTunes password. Type it in and click Continue.
  8. iTunes will now show you a summary page of your order containing price and your message. If everything is correct, click on Buy Gift.
  9. You'll receive a confirmation page. Just click on Done. That's all there is to it!

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Allyson Kazmucha

Senior editor for iMore. I can take apart an iPhone in less than 6 minutes. I also like coffee and Harry Potter more than anyone really should.

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How to gift iPhone and iPad apps with iTunes


I wish we could choose the date as to when the email will be sent, like the recent (Red) promo by Starbucks and iTunes.

I've been trying to do this but it just wont let me. I think my problem is that the credit i have on my account was thanks to a Gift Card. So i ask, you cant make App Gifting having $$ on your account gotten by Gift cards? Thanks

does this work for people outside the US?/ I have a friend in Australia and I'd like to get some apps for him as a gift..