How to Gift an iPad App in 3 Easy Steps

How to Gift an Ipad App

Wondering how to gift an iPad app? Of course, you are! You racked your brain for weeks and still have no idea what to give that person that makes it so hard to give gifts to because they already have everything. What, exactly, do you give to the person that’s already got an iPad, iPod, iPhone, computer, and all the hardware and accessories to go with them? Give the iPad apps, of course. But, how do you gift an app? You know how to buy them for yourself. Gifting them is pretty easy, too!

How to Gift an iPad App — App Store

While you don’t exactly have to have iTunes to shop for iPad apps, but you do need it to buy and gift the apps to your loved ones. The Apple iTunes/App Store is online, so you can review what’s available for purchase until you decide what you want to buy. However, like I said, once you decide on the perfect app or apps for that hard-to-buy-for person, you have to download and install iTunes to complete the process.

Here’s the link again to download the Windows version of iTunes. If you have a Mac, it comes pre-installed. Download the setup utility to your Desktop (or some other location where you can easily find it). Once the download completes, double-click the setup utility file (iTunesSetup.exe). If you have Windows 7, you need to right-click the file and select “Run as Administrator” for it to install correctly.

Find and Select the App You Want to Gift

Once iTunes completes the installation and launches, you’ll find a link that says “App Store” at the top center of the window. Click that link to go to the App Store and begin the purchase and gifting process.

If you’ve browsed the iTunes store on the web, copy and paste the name of the app you want to gift into the search field and hitto be taken to that app’s purchase page. If not, select the category of app you wish to purchase. I won’t list them all, but a few of your category options include:

  • Games
  • Entertainment
  • Education
  • Social Networking
  • Productivity
  • Reference
  • Utilities
  • Travel

Some of the apps are free, while many aren’t, so you’ll need to have your payment information handy.

Make Your Purchase

Once you’ve chosen the app to buy from the catalog, click on it to be taken to the app description page. This is where you begin the process of buying and gifting the app. Under the icon for the app on the left side of the page, you will see a button that shows the price of the app and the word “Buy.” To the right of this button is another button that opens a drop-down menu. The first option is the option to give the app as a gift. Select that option.

Upon selecting the “Gift this App” option, you will be taken to a page where you’re able to identify yourself and the gift app’s recipient by name. You will need to enter their email address twice. You can also type a quick note. I gifted my mom “Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations.” Then I entered my name, her name (Mom) and then her email address. I even threw in a personal note!

You will need to sign in to your iTunes/App Store account to finalize the purchase and make payment. If you don’t have one, you’ll be able to create one. You can choose to use a credit card (Visa/MC/Discover/AmEx) or your Paypal account to make the payment. If you choose to use your Paypal account, you will be walked through the process of creating a billing agreement. Don’t worry, it’s really easy — and safe.

Although this process is quick, easy and fairly painless, Apple does need to come to the realization that if you’ve gotten this far, you already have iTunes installed. I changed my payment method from a credit card to my Paypal account and after completing that process, I was taken to a page that told me to install iTunes. I’m wondering, since iTunes sent me to Paypal in the first place, how come it couldn’t just remember that it was already installed and open on my computer. The credit card process doesn’t have this bug.

Now you know how to gift an iPad app! Your family and friends are going to be very happy you learned this!

Photo credit: Thomas Hawk