How to Gift an App from Your iPhone, iPad, or Computer

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Sometimes you want to give a little something, and a favorite app might just be the perfect choice. Or maybe you are simply so excited about your new discovery that you want to bestow it upon several of your nearest and dearest.

With a few quick taps, the deed will be done.

You can do this directly from your computer, your iPhone, or your iPad. All three allow you to email your gift app, and the computer route (via iTunes) also allows you the option to print.

Here is how you “gift” an app:

From your computer:

Open iTunes. Navigate to the app that you would like to purchase as a gift. Look over to the left of the screen. Notice that directly underneath the icon, you see the price along with the words “buy app”. Now look just to the right of that price bar. There is another tiny piece of a bar with a down arrow on it. Click on that down arrow and you will get a drop down menu for several actions, including purchasing the app as a gift. Follow the prompts and you will be given the choice to email your gift or to print it out.

From your iPad:

Navigate to the App Store, and to the app that you would like to purchase as a gift. Look up at the upper right hand corner of the screen. There you will see the words “Gift This App” along with several other options. Select “Gift This App” and you will be asked to sign into your iTunes account. Follow the prompts to email your gift.

From your iPhone:

Navigate to the App Store, and to the app that you would like to purchase as a gift. Now scroll all the way down to the bottom of the screen, and you will see a white box with the words “Gift This App”. Select “Gift This App” and you will be asked to sign into your iTunes account. Follow the prompts to email your gift.

The first time I did this, I was surprised to learn that iTunes credit cannot be used to purchase gifts. But other than that little “oh” moment, the rest of the process was flawless.

One cautionary point to remember before gifting an app: be sure that your recipient’s device is capable of using the app that you send. Some apps can’t run on an iPhone 3GS, for example, or on a newer phone that is not up-to-date with it’s software.

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