Pre-order apps, movies, music, and books from the App Store, Apple TV app, and Apple Books

If you want to buy an item from the App Store, Apple TV app, or Apple Books that isn't yet available, you might be able to pre-order it.

Pre-order apps, movies, music, and books

You can pre-order apps, movies, music, and books on your iOS device, Apple TV, supported smart TV, or computer.

iPhone with App Store app open showing the Get button on an app's page.

On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Open the App Store app, Apple TV app, or Apple Books app.
  2. Find the item that you want to pre-order.
  3. Tap the price or Get button. In the Apple TV app, tap Pre-Order.
  4. When prompted to confirm your order,  Tap Confirm. On supported iPhone and iPad models, you can also use Face ID to confirm.

A message confirming your pre-order appears. If the status of your pre-order changes, you might receive one or more emails. Learn how to view or cancel your pre-orders.

On your Apple TV or supported smart TV

  1. Open the Apple TV app, then find the movie that you want to pre-order.
  2. Select Pre-Order.

  3. When prompted to confirm your order, select Pre-Order. You might be asked to sign in with your Apple ID.

A message confirming your pre-order appears. If the status of your pre-order changes, you might receive one or more emails.

You can view or cancel your pre-orders on an iOS device, Mac, or PC. You can also contact Apple Support to cancel a pre-order.

On your Mac or PC

  1. Open iTunes, and go to the iTunes Store. On your Mac, you can also pre-order apps in the App Store and books in Apple Books.
  2. Find the item that you want to pre-order.
  3. Click the price or Get button.
    iTunes Store showing the Pre-order button on an album's page.
  4. When prompted to confirm your order, click Pre-Order. You might be asked to sign in with your Apple ID.

A message confirming your pre-order appears. If the status of your pre-order changes, you might receive one or more emails. Learn how to view or cancel your pre-orders.

If a pre-ordered album includes pre-release songs

Some albums include pre-release songs that are available before the album officially releases.

  • If you buy a pre-release song after you pre-order an album, the total price that you're charged for the album decreases by the cost of that song.
  • If you buy a pre-release song before you pre-order an album, the pre-order price decreases by the cost of that song.

Download a pre-order

When your pre-ordered item becomes available, your order completes and the payment method that you have on file is billed. You'll receive an email letting you know that your pre-order is ready to download. Click or tap the link in the email to download your item.

If you have Automatic Downloads turned on, the item automatically appears in your Purchases. If your items don't download automatically, you can download them from your purchase history.

If you don't see a pre-ordered movie or album that you expect to see, check for available downloads in iTunes on a Mac or PC:

  1. Open iTunes.
  2. From the menu bar at the top of your computer screen or at the top of the iTunes window, choose Account > Check for Available Downloads.

You can't download movies to Apple TV or smart TVs. You can only stream them.

View or cancel your pre-orders

You can view information about your pre-orders and cancel them before they're released on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or PC. You can also contact Apple Support to cancel a pre-order.

On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Go to Settings > [your name] > iTunes & App Store.
  2. Tap your Apple ID, then tap View Apple ID. You might be asked to sign in with your Apple ID.
    An iPhone with the App Store open showing menu options including View Apple ID.
  3. Tap Pre-Orders. If you don't have any pre-orders, you won't see this option.
  4. On the Pre-Orders screen, you can view information about your pre-orders, including the expected release dates. To cancel a pre-order, tap the item and then tap Cancel. When asked to confirm that you want to cancel, tap OK.
    An iPhone with the App Store open on the Pre-Orders page.

On your Mac or PC

To open iTunes and sign in to your Account Information page, click this link: View My Account. Or follow these steps:

  1. Open iTunes. If you're not signed in, sign in with your Apple ID.
  2. From the menu bar at the top of your computer screen or at the top of the iTunes window, choose Account > View My Account.
    The Account menu in iTunes, with View My Account selected.
  3. Sign in with your Apple ID, then click View Account.
  4. On the Account Information page, scroll to Settings, then click Manage Pre-Orders. If you don't have any pre-orders, you won't see this option.
  5. On the Manage Pre-Orders screen, you can view information about your pre-orders, including the expected release dates. To cancel a pre-order, click the Cancel button to the right of the item. When asked to confirm that you want to cancel, click OK.
    The Manage Pre-Orders page in iTunes.

Get help

If a billing issue stops your purchase from completing when your pre-order releases, you'll get an email letting you know that the item is available, but you need to update your billing information before you can download it.

Click the link in the email to check your billing information and complete your purchase.

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