You can browse and buy apps in the App Store on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, on your Apple Watch, on your Mac, or on your Apple TV.

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To download and buy apps from the App Store, you need an Apple ID. Your Apple ID is the account that you use to access Apple services. If you use other Apple services like iCloud, sign in to the App Store with the same Apple ID. If you don't have an Apple ID, you can create one.

If you're in the App Store on any of your devices and see the download button near an app, you already bought or downloaded that app. When you tap or click the download button , the app downloads to your device again, but you are not charged again. You can also see a list of apps that you purchased and redownload them. How to make a no recoil macro.

Learn what forms of payment you can use to buy apps and other content. You can also create an Apple ID without a payment method when you download a free app.

How to buy apps on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Tap the App Store app on your Home screen.
  2. Browse or search for the app that you want to download, then tap the app.
  3. Tap the price or tap Get. You might need to sign in with your Apple ID.
    If you find a game that says Arcade, subscribe to Apple Arcade to play the game.

After your app finishes downloading, you can move it to a different spot on your Home screen. Apps stay up-to-date by default, but you can learn more about updating apps.

You can make additional purchases within some apps. If you set up Family Sharing, you can use Ask to Buy so that kids must get permission before they make in-app purchases. Learn more about in-app purchases.

If an app is sold with an iMessage app or sticker pack, you can open it in Messages.

How to buy apps on your Apple Watch

With watchOS 6, you can download apps directly from the App Store on your Apple Watch. You can also add apps to your Apple Watch from your iPhone.

  1. Open the App Store app.
  2. Browse or search for the app that you want to download, then tap the app.
  3. Tap the price or tap Get. You might need to sign in with your Apple ID.

Apps stay up-to-date by default, but you can learn more about updating apps.

If you set up Family Sharing, you can use Ask to Buy so that kids must get permission before they download an app.

How to buy apps on your Mac

  1. Open the App Store.
  2. Browse or search for the app that you want to download. Apps for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch don't always have a version for Mac.
  3. Click the app.
  4. Click the price, then click Buy App. If you don't see a price, click Get, then click Install App. You might need to sign in with your Apple ID. If you find a game that says Arcade, subscribe to Apple Arcade to play the game.

After your app finishes downloading, you can find it and keep it organized in Launchpad. Apps stay up-to-date by default, but you can learn more about updating apps.

You can make additional purchases within some apps. If you set up Family Sharing, you can use Ask to Buy so that kids must get permission before they make in-app purchases. Learn more about in-app purchases.

How to buy apps on your Apple TV

  1. Open the App Store on your Apple TV.
  2. Browse or search for the app that you want to download, then select the app.
  3. Select the price or select Get. You might need to sign in with your Apple ID.
    If you find a game that says Arcade, subscribe to Apple Arcade to play the game.

After your app finishes downloading, you can move it around on your Home screen. Your apps will update automatically.

You can make additional purchases within some apps. You can use Restrictions to restrict, block, or allow in-app purchases. Learn more about in-app purchases.

The App Store isn’t available on Apple TV (3rd generation or earlier).

Get information about an app

If you want to know specific information about an app, like what languages the app is available in, the app’s file size, or its compatibility with other Apple devices, scroll to the bottom of an app’s page. You might be able to tap some sections to learn more.

You can also contact the app developer for help with an app's functionality.

Get help with billing

  • If you have an app charge that you don't recognize, check your previous purchase history. If you still don't recognize the charge, you can report a problem or contact Apple Support.
  • For recurring charges from an in-app subscription, learn how to view, change, or cancel your subscription.
  • Learn how to change, add, or remove your Apple ID payment information.
  • If you can’t update your apps because your payment method is declined, update or change your payment method.

Learn more

  • If your App Store is missing or you can't find it on your device, you might have parental controls turned on. For the Installing Apps setting, choose Allow.
  • Learn what to do if an app unexpectedly quits, stops responding while installing, or won't open.
  • Learn what to do if you can't download apps, or if apps get stuck.
  • If you want to download apps that are larger than 200 MB over cellular, go to Settings > [your name] > iTunes & App Store, then tap App Downloads and choose the option that you want.
  • If you bought part of an apps bundle, the price of the full apps bundle is reduced by the amount you already spent.

The App Store on your Mac is your gateway to expanding your program library. Gone are the days of buying computer programs from electronics stores; you can just download whatever you need from the App Store. Some stuff is free; other stuff you'll have to pay for. All it takes is an Apple ID and away you go.

Here's how to get started with the Mac App Store!

How to sign in with your Apple ID

Before you can download any apps, you'll need to sign in with your Apple ID.

  1. Launch the App Store from the Dock or Finder under Applications.
  2. Click Sign In in the lower left corner
  3. Enter your Apple ID and password.
  4. Click Sign In or hit return on your keyboard.

Boom. You're in.

How to view and edit your Apple ID account

Before downloading apps, you'll want to make sure you payment and country information are in order so that you don't have to bother with that stuff while you're excitedly downloading apps.

  1. Launch the App Store from the Dock or Finder.
  2. Click Your name on the left side of the screen. It should be in the corner.

  3. Click View Information in the upper right corner. From here you can edit your credit card information, billing address, country, and nickname. If you edit your nickname, it'll appear that way in Game Center.
  4. Type the required information into the fields of the item you're editing.

Click the blue Done button when you're happy with your edits!

How to download an app or game

Whether the goal is productivity or time-wasting, the App Store has the app for you; you just have to download it. Here's how:

  1. Launch the App Store from the Dock or Finder.
  2. Search for the app you want to download. You can view Featured apps or search via category, title, and more.
  3. Click the price if it's a paid app, or click Get if it's a free app.
  4. Click Buy App if it's a paid app, or click Install App if it's free.
  5. Enter your Apple ID password.
  6. Click Buy. (Buy will appear even if the app is free).

How to set up automatic downloads of apps or games on another Mac

If you download apps and games on several different Macs, you can enable automatic downloads so that you have all of your apps with you on all of your Macs!

  1. Launch the App Store from the Dock or Finder.
  2. Click App Store in the menu bar on the top left of your screen.
  3. Click Preferences.
  4. Click the checkbox next to Automatically download apps purchased on other Macs.

How to find an app or game after it's been installed

After you download an app, you obviously want to find it and use it. Here's how!

  1. Open a Finder window.
  2. Click Applications in the folders on the left.
  3. Click the settings button at the top of the window. It looks like a gear.
  4. Click Arrange By.
  5. Click Date Added. This will move your most recently downloaded apps to the top of the list.

How to view and re-download your previously purchased apps and games

If you've already paid for an app, you don't need to pay for it again. So if it goes missing, you can just re-download it and you won't have to look far!

  1. Launch the App Store from the Dock or Finder.
  2. Click Your name at the bottom left corner of the window.
  3. Click Download next to the app or game you'd like to re-download.

How to check for updates to Mac App Store apps

It's a good idea to make sure you have the most recent version of every app you download. Here's how to check:

  1. Launch the App Store from the Dock or Finder.
  2. Click Updates at the left side bar of the window.
  3. Click Update next to each app you'd like to update, or click Update All.
  4. Enter your Apple ID password if prompted.

How to enable automatic updates

If you have many apps, it can be a pain to keep track of them all and constantly check for updates. You can set up automatic updates to do that for you!

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  1. Launch the App Store from the Dock or Finder.
  2. Click App Store in the menu bar on the top left of your screen.
  3. Click Preferences.
  4. Click the checkbox next to Automatically check for updates.
  5. Click the checkbox next to each update setting you'd like to enable:

    • Download newly available updates in the background
    • Install app updates
    • Install macOS updates
    • Install system data files and security updates

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