The Apple App Store was and is a revolution: A single place on every Apple device where you can find any app and game. From it, you can browse or search for new apps, download and buy new games, add to your wishlist, share and send to friends and family, redeem gift certificates and promo codes, and get refunds when and if you need them. And here's how to use it!
App Store FAQ: Everything you need to know
The App Store continues to evolve with each new iOS/iPadOS release. Its latest design in line with iOS 15 includes a Today tab, which summarizes the best content available, plus tabs for Games and Apps. There's also a tab for Apple Arcade. There's much to know about the overall App Store.
How to download apps and games from the App Store
Getting your hands on the best iPhone or best iPad is just the beginning. Thousands of developers have millions of apps and games that can transform the device your holding in your hands. Each new app can become your constant Facebook friend, your gateway to Snapchat, a tool to learn new languages, a way to brush up on math or science, your ticket to car services, a personal scanner, a way to edit documents on the go and, of course, a great portable gaming console. All you need to do is get started!
Are you having issues? Be sure to clear your App Store cache as needed.
How to share and save apps on the App Store
How to gift and redeem apps on the App Store
The App Store is built on iTunes and just like iTunes, you can use it to both send and receive gift cards and gift and redeem apps and games.
Looking to give back? Send gift cards to friends and family.
How to get a refund for App Store purchases
If you experience a problem with any apps or games you've purchased from the App Store, you can request a refund directly from Apple. You'll need to have a valid reason for the request — it's not meant to be a way to get free trials or short-term use. However, if you buy something by accident, it's how you can get your money back.
An App a day...
The App Store is what makes iPhone and iPad even better. Use it to download apps and games, redeem gift cards, and more.
Update March 2022: Includes information on latest versions of software.
Bryan M. Wolfe has written about technology for over a decade on various websites, including TechRadar, AppAdvice, and many more. Before this, he worked in the technology field across different industries, including healthcare and education. He’s currently iMore’s lead on all things Mac and macOS, although he also loves covering iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. Bryan enjoys watching his favorite sports teams, traveling, and driving around his teenage daughter to her latest stage show, audition, or school event in his spare time. He also keeps busy walking his black and white cocker spaniel, Izzy, and trying new coffees and liquid grapes.
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