Download apps and games from the App Store

Use the App Store to find, purchase, and download apps on your Apple device.

App Store icon


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

Browse and buy

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 download near an app, you already bought or downloaded that app. If you tap or click the download button download, 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.

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

iPad and iPhone showing the Carrot Weather app in the App Store.

  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.

Apple Watch showing the Carrot Weather app in the App Store.

  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

Mac computer showing the Carrot Weather app in the App Store.

  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

Apple TV showing the Carrot Weather app in the App Store.

  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

iPad and iPhone showing information about an app, including file size, compatibility, age rating, and other details.

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.

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