Pre-order apps, movies, music, and books from the App Store, iTunes Store, and iBooks Store

If you want to buy an item from the App Store, iTunes Store, or iBooks Store 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 or computer.

You can also pre-order apps on your Apple TV.

On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Open the App Store app, iTunes Store app, or iBooks app.
  2. Find the item that you want to pre-order.
  3. Tap the price button.
  4. When prompted to confirm your order, tap Confirm. If you use Face ID, double click to confirm.

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 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 iBooks.
  2. Find the item that you want to pre-order.
  3. Click the price button.
  4. When prompted to confirm your order, click Pre-Order. You might be asked to authenticate your Apple ID.
  5. 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.

View or cancel your pre-orders

You can view information about pre-orders and cancel them before the item releases.

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 authenticate your 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.

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.
  3. Authenticate 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.

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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