How to gift App Store apps from your iPhone and iPad

How to gift App Store apps from your iPhone and iPad

The selection of apps available in the App Store is arguably on of the best things about owning an iPhone or iPad. Aside from buying them for ourselves, we can also gift them to others. So the next time you see an awesome game or productivity app you know someone will love, you can easily gift it to them right from the App Store app on your iPhone or iPad. Here's how!

How to gift an app to someone via the App Store for iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch the App Store app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Find the app you'd like to gift to someone.
  3. Tap on the Share button in the upper right.
  4. Tap Gift in the share sheet that pops up.
  5. Fill out their email and type a message if you'd like.
  6. Tap on Next when you're ready to continue.
  7. Tap on the gift card theme you'd like to use and tap Next.
  8. Confirm everything is correct on the next screen and tap Buy in the upper right hand corner.
  9. Tap Buy Now which will appear where the Buy button you just tapped will appear.
  10. Type in your iTunes password when prompted to complete the purchase.
  11. You will see a confirmation appear on the screen. Just tap Done in the upper right hand corner.

How to gift App Store apps from your iPhone and iPadHow to gift App Store apps from your iPhone and iPadHow to gift App Store apps from your iPhone and iPad

That's it! The person you sent the gift to will receive an email with instructions on how to redeem their app gift!

Note: Originally published, December 2012. Updated, December 2014.

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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 App Store apps from your iPhone and iPad

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I know there is a way to send printable gift cards from iTunes, but is there a way to do that directly from an iPhone/iPad??