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 obtain apps specifically for Apple devices such as iPads and iPhones.

If you have an Android device instead, you obtain apps from Google Play. 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.

Signing up to the App Store with an iPhone or iPad

This demonstration video is approximately 3 minutes and 3 seconds in duration. It demonstrates the steps to sign up to the official Apple App store so that you can download apps for your Apple smart device. There is text and animation on stage throughout the video.

Once the video starts, the intro panel fades and we see the screen is split into two parts. On the left-hand side is an animation of a typical Apple iPhone, but the steps will be similar on an iPad. On the right-hand side, there is text displayed, which is the script for the voiceover track.

Voiceover: "You need to provide certain information to the App Store before you can get apps. To start, have your Apple ID and password handy. You will have created these when you first set up your iPhone or iPad. To begin, tap on the App Store icon on your iPhone."

The left-hand panel zooms in to the iPhone's screen and highlights the App store icon. We see the icon being tapped and the App Store home page appears.

Voiceover: "Next, tap on the head icon. This leads to your profile for the App store."

The left-hand panel zooms up to the top right corner of the screen to show a blue head icon. We see the head icon being tapped to open the profile sign-in page.

Voiceover: "You'll be taken to a sign-in page."

The left-hand panel zooms in a little closer so we can see the Apple ID and Password fields.

Voiceover: "Enter your Apple ID and password. Your Apple ID is your email address, and you would have chosen a password when setting up your iPhone or iPad."

The left-hand panel shows a fictional email address and password being entered into the relevant fields for this demonstration.

Voiceover: "Once you have entered these details, tap Sign in."

The left-hand panel highlights the location of the Sign in button, ready to be tapped. After it is tapped, a pop-up message appears with two buttons - 'Cancel' and 'Review'.

Voiceover: "A message will say that the Apple ID hasn't been used in the iTunes Store before (the iTunes Store is shared with the App Store.) To enable your account to download apps, you need to review some details. Tap 'Review'."

The left-hand panel shows the 'Review' button being highlighted and then tapped. This is where you have an opportunity to review the Terms and Conditions, which we recommend you do.

Voiceover: "Tap the switch next to Agree to Terms and Conditions."

The left-hand panel shows the switch being tapped to confirm you have read the terms and conditions. Do not tap this until you have read and are happy to proceed.

Voiceover: "Tap 'Next'."

The left-hand panel highlights the location of the 'Next' button and it being tapped to proceed.

Voiceover: "Make sure your personal details are correct and tap 'Next'."

The left-hand panel updates to show your personal details page, which you should check to ensure it is correct. We then see the correct title being added, and the 'Next' button highlighted in the top right corner and then tapped to proceed. The Payment details page appears.

Voiceover: "Enter your payment details. You can select 'None' for payment method, or enter your credit card or PayPal billing information to complete registration."

The left-hand panel highlights the option 'None'.

Voiceover: "If you select None, you will only be able to get free apps. If you enter credit card details, you will only be charged if you choose to get a paid app. You will be asked to review charges before they occur, and your payment details are kept private and secure by Apple."

The left-hand panel zooms out to show the other required information fields on this page.

Voiceover: "Complete your address and other information and tap 'Next'."

The left-hand panel shows our fictional account details being entered for this demonstration.

Voiceover: "This information is also kept private and secure and is only used to verify billing details if you make a purchase. Your address will never be used for advertising purposes."

The left-hand panel shows all the personal information has been added and the 'Next' button is tapped to complete the registration. A new page appears showing 'Apple ID completed' and confirming the Apple ID can now be used to access all Apple services.

Video ends.

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 (for example, Express Plus Medicare)
  • The type of app (for example, government services)
  • The publisher of the app (for example, Services Australia)

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

An iPhone returning the results of a recent Search for apps
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 or provide your fingerprint to validate the request 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 most recently downloaded 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 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 the ad 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 Google Play.

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.


You have completed 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 Android device users can obtain apps in the Getting apps for Android phones and tablets activity.

The iTunes and App Store app icons on an iPhone screen