Getting apps for iPhones and iPads


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Getting apps for iPhone or iPad

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In this activity, we dig right in and see how to use the App Store for an iPhone or iPad. We look at how to install an app and work out the best way to use it.

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What is the App Store?

The App Store is the place you can buy apps specifically for Apple devices such as iPads and iPhones.

If you don’t have an Apple device, and you would like to buy apps, then you need to go to another place called the Google Play Store. We will talk about this in the next activity, Getting apps for Android phones and tablets.

The official App Store icon
The login screen for using The App Store

Using the App Store

If you haven’t used the App Store before, you need to sign-up.

You’ll need the details of your Apple ID, which includes the email address and password you used when you first set up your iPhone or other Apple device.

You may also need to provide credit card, debit card or PayPal account details before you can download apps, even if they’re free.

Signing up to the App Store with an iPhone

On the next slide is a video to show you how to sign up to the App Store using an iPhone.

On the next slide, click the ‘play’ button on the video to watch it. You can also click anywhere on the video to pause or restart it.

Now click Continue to move to he next slide and watch the video.

The App Store Search function

On the App Store, you can look for an app by tapping the magnifying glass symbol and entering your search into the onscreen keyboard. You can search by:

  • The name of the app (eg. myGov)
  • The type of app (eg. government services)
  • The publisher of the app (eg. Australian Government)

Alternatively, you can tap the microphone icon on the onscreen keyboard and just say the words instead of typing them.

A request screen to enter your Apple ID in order to confirm your app purchase

Downloading and installing an App Store app

When you’ve found the app you want, you can download and install it to your iPhone or iPad.

Tap the Get button if it’s a free app, or the price button if the app is not free.

Next, tap Install or Buy and enter your Apple ID password when asked. The app will start to download. When it has finished downloading, you can press the Home button, and you will be able to see the new app on your home screen.

How do I find an app on my device?

If you have lots of apps on your phone, it can be hard to find the icon as there may be many home screens to check.

On an iPhone or iPad, the app icon is usually placed at the end of the last home screen.

A quick way to find an app is to get your device to search for it. Swipe down from the middle of the screen, and enter the name of the app into the search box. Your device will then find the app for you.

A search for 'iview' on a smartphone to locate the right app quickly
An example of an ad appearing on a free app showing the small 'x' in the corner that can be hard to find

How do I get rid of the ads?

Many apps from the App Store are funded by running advertisements within the app. If there is a small cross in the corner you can tap it to make it go away. Chances are, though, another will quickly take its place.

Alternatively, if you find your free app has too many ads and they are too distracting, you can consider changing to another app that does similar things.

True or False?

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The App Store is where you can buy apps specifically for Apple iPads and iPhones.

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This is true. If you have a non-Apple device, called an Android device, then you need to buy apps from a different place, called the Play Store.

You can buy apps from the App Store without signing in.

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This is false. You need to sign into the App Store using your Apple ID, including the email address and password you used when you first set up your Apple device.


This is the end of the Getting apps for iPhone or iPad activity. You've learned how to sign up to the App store, search for apps and find them on your device after you’ve downloaded them.

Next up, we'll learn how you get an app in the activity Getting apps for Android phones and tablets.

The iTunes and App Store app icons on an iPhone screen