How to get all the iWork apps, iPhoto, and iMovie for free on an eligible iPhone or iPad

How to get all the iWork apps, iPhoto, and iMovie for free on an eligible iPhone or iPad

Apple recently announced that they would make the iOS versions of their iWork apps plus iPhoto and iMovie free for iOS 7 enabled devices that were purchased after September 1. That means you can download Pages, Keynote, Numbers, iPhoto, and iMovie all for free. We've been getting lots of questions from many of you asking whether or not you qualify and if so, how to actually get your free apps.

Here are your answers:

Download them the first time you launch the App Store on your new iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

The App Store should ask you to download all free apps made by Apple the first time you launch the App Store as long as you meet all the eligibility requirements. To do, follow these steps:

  1. Launch the App Store from the Home screen of your iPhone or iPad
  2. On the popup that comes up, tap on Download All.
  3. Enter any credentials you're asked to enter concerning your Apple ID.

That's it. Your downloads will begin.

Find and download them manually in the App Store

If you aren't sure if you want or need all 5 apps, or you accidentally dismissed the popup the first time you launched the App Store on your new device, you can also view all of them in one place in the App Store by following these steps:

  1. Launch the App Store app from the Home screen of your iPhone or iPad.
  2. From the Featured tab, scroll down and tap on the New to the App Store? tile under Collections.
  3. Once again, scroll down towards the bottom and tap on the tile for Apps made by Apple.
  4. Here you can see a list of all the apps Apple makes. Tap any one of them to view more information on them or tap on the price to download them.

It's worth noting that Apple does move collections around here and there so if you aren't finding the Apps Made by Apple section, simply search for either Pages, Keynote, Numbers, iPhoto, or iMovie individually to pull them up or tap on our download links below straight from your iPhone or iPad to download them directly.

Why do all the iWork and iLife apps still show they aren't free for me?

If you are seeing an actual price instead of Free next to any of the 5 apps Apple is offering for free, it means you don't meet the requirements for the promotion, which are as follows:

  • The device must have been purchased after September 1, 2013
  • iOS 7 must be running on the device you're attempting to download them to

Also remember that GarageBand is not included in the offer.

Allyson Kazmucha

Editor for iMore, Potter pundit, and the ninja in your iOS

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There are 32 comments. Add yours.

iSRS says:

I had bought all these long ago, but a nice bonus for those who just bought a new device.

Once you "purchase" them from an eligible device, you are free to redownload onto any iOS device you own. My friend and my sister both confirmed after getting their new iPhones.

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NickA says:

Will they ever be free for people that have owned each iPad since the first one? I'm not sure why this is only free to new purchases.

Rickard Eriksson says:

is it "purchased after September 1, 2013" or "activated after September 1, 2013"?

kch50428 says:

Over in the iMore Forums, one user reported getting a replacement device and being able to get the iWork apps free...

graysonip says:

Same here. My daughter's iPhone 5 needed replacement (thankfully still under warranty), and on her phone, all of the apps were availble for free. Since we share the same account, I'm able to download them for free too.

Josue Ruiz says:

If you have bought a new device or got a replacement after that date you can download It from that device and then it will save that purchase to your account so then you can download it on any other idevice that you have previously bought.

paulmazz says:

I bought my wife a 5c. I use my Apple ID for purchases on her phone as well as mine. I downloaded the free apps onto her phone which are not free on my 5. Once I downloaded them on hers I can download them on mine for free because it's under my Apple ID and it shows that I've already downloaded them.

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BeyondtheTech says:

And, in case anyone was wondering, signing out of your iOS 7 device and performing a full erase or even a DFU-restore and starting fresh will not bring up that free Apple apps prompt nor make any of those apps free. I should know, I just tried to see for myself.

ame says:

It popped right up on my 5S after I activated and went into the App Store. I only downloaded a few of the apps tho.

prophecyc2 says:

I'm using a 5s and it shows 4.99 etc. Does restoring from a backup matter or am I missing something obvious in the article?

pepsijosh says:

I recently bought a iPod Touch 5th Gen which I restored from an iCloud backup, It showed the prices of the apps for a few days then showed as free; if it doesn't show as free after lets say 72 hours just call Apple or e-mail them a copy of your receipt/contract I'm sure they'll send them to you lol.

Fornate says:

I talked with Apple support and here's what worked for me: go to settings - itunes and app stores, and sign out. Then go back to the App Store and search for one of the apps. They will list as free, and once you start the download it will ask you to sign in to associate it with your account. Just rinse and repeat!

peterg81 says:

Thanks Fornate. this worked for me too! try it out everyone!

kwp217 says:

Thank you so much for this info! Worked for me. I sure didn't want to have to pay for Numbers, but needed it. I just didn't like Gogle Quick Office.

Gsarfin says:

Had same issue. Went to apple.com and registered my device to my iTunes account via serial number and bam, apps were now free.

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EPJS says:

I find this completely bothersome though, since I paid for all these apps years ago. And now people get for free what I had to pay for! It's just not fair.

kch50428 says:

They could drop the price for the rest of us...

joshrocker says:

I already own them so whatever, but I did find it odd that they were only available for new users. A price drop would be nice to say half-price for existing users.

EPJS says:

Why would you want a price drop? You already own the apps, it's not like you have to pay for them again. What Apple should do (but probably won't) is refund everyone that already paid for these apps.

When the original iPhone had a price drop, they gave existing users a $100 refund, a similar deal should happen here.

igeorgetaylor says:

Surely you could go into the apple store, log in on a new iphone and download them?
then go to your own and download them?

bgwebbjr says:

You could to that, but whatever poor slob eventually gets that as a refurb, then I'll bet they won't be able to download them...

mkohut says:

Okay, not sure what I am doing wrong, but I bring up this story on my new 5s, and click the links and it opens the app store and shows the app page and has the costs shown? Not free?

How do I reset it with Apple or complain?

Gsarfin says:

On Mac or PC go to apple.com. Log in to Apple ID management and register your phone via serial number. That's what I had to do. My phone wasn't showing up I assume because I restored from iCloud backup of my 4s so my contacts, settings and apps I needed would be there. It worked for me.

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yodatom10 says:

so you could theoretically go visit a best buy factory reset a 5s/5c login with your apple credentials and download the i work apps and than re dl on an older device. I know im pushing the moral boundary here

Jaguarr40 says:

Thank you for the info and clarification Ally. As always you come through. Good job.

scottlapointe says:

It's 5$ people. Get over it.

Calysmic says:

4.99
+4.99
+9.99
+9.99
+9.99
= 5$? Maybe you should just spend your 5 bucks on a calculator.

Judy Hill says:

I can download all of these to my iPhone 5S except for the one I really want - Pages. I click "Free" and it immediately transforms to "Install," but when I click on "Install" it immediately transforms to "Free," ad nauseum. it just will NOT install.

CyanSkies says:

Thank you SOOOO much, Allyson! I immediately restored my new iPad from a backup of my previous iPad and missed the opportunity to download the apps for free. The second method worked like a charm!

sfsfsf says:

What happens if I activate a new iPhone 5s with my Apple ID, and then later do a reset and activate the same phone with my wife's Apple ID - will she get the apps for free as well, or just me?
Thanks!

Jojo Fruch says:

Well, those of us who have been left out in the cold by Apple do have a free alternative. Kingsoft Office works great both on the pc and iPad, has all three types of programs (word processing, spreadsheet (although you can't edit on the iPad with it yet) and slide presentation software). I use Dropbox to share docs between my pc and iPad - also free