Where do I get apps?

 

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Where do I get apps?

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Where do you find apps, and how do you get them onto your device? Is the process the same, regardless of the device you use? And are there any apps you should avoid?

In this activity, we'll answer all those questions.

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The icon for The App Store - the only official source for apps on Apple devices

The App Store (for Apple devices)

On an iPhone or iPad, to get new apps you use the App Store. The App Store is a computer program itself, or an app, that is already on your iPhone.

Tapping on the App Store icon (the small image on your screen) will open the App Store, where you can search for apps by name or category, and see apps recommended by the store.

The Play Store (for Android devices)

To get new apps on an Android phone, you use a program called The Play Store which is an app itself, but has already been installed onto your phone.

Tapping on the Play Store icon opens the Play Store, where you can see recommended apps and explore different categories of apps. You can also search for an app by entering its name into a search bar.

The icon for the Google Play Store - the only official source for apps for Android devices

Let's find an iPhone app!

Let's see how to find a game for an iPhone on the App Store.

On the next slide, there is a video to show you how to do this.

For Android users, there's another video after this to show you how to do the same thing on an Android phone.

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 the next slide and watch the video.

Let's find an Android app!

Let's see how to find a game on the Play Store and download it onto an Android phone, ready to play.

On the next slide, there is a video to show you how to do this.

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 the next slide and watch the video.

Most apps are free

While most apps are free, some are not. It’s easy to tell which apps you need to pay for, though, and how much they cost.

If an app is free from the App Store or Play Store, it will have an Install button next to it. If an app is not free, the price will display on a button alongside it.

A zoomed-in view of a free app and an app that costs money to download
An example of an advertisement that pops up when using free apps

Advertising in apps

Many free apps show advertisements. This is how the app developer earns money from a free app. Some paid apps have the same content as free apps, just without the advertisements.

Ads can appear frequently when you’re using a free app, but it will save you money if you can tolerate them.

To make an ad go away, tap the small cross (x) in the corner. To learn more about the ad, just tap on it.

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eSafety tip: only get apps from official stores

The official App Store and Play Store take steps to ensure that apps won’t harm your device or steal your information. However, you still need to be vigilant in checking the publisher details of any app before downloading. For banking apps, you could also visit your bank's own secure website and follow the link to their app from there.

While you can get Android apps from other places, you should not. Those apps could do bad things to your phone and your personal data.

Is it safe to download apps from non-official stores?

Which of the following statements are true? Click on each card to find out!

Yes, all apps are safe, so it doesn't matter where you get them from.

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This is false. You should only ever download an app from an official store. Other apps could harm your device or steal your data.

No, it is not. You should only download apps from official stores.

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This is correct. Apps downloaded from non-official sources could steal your personal information and/or harm your device.

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Congratulations!

Well done, you’ve reached the end of the Where do I get apps? activity. You have learned how to find an app for an iPhone and an Android phone, and to tell which apps are free and which are not. You will also know not to install an app obtained from anywhere other than the two official stores: the App Store or the Play Store.

Next up, we'll get some safety tips in the activity Being safer with apps.