By Rebecca J. Hogue

Apps (short for Applications) are programs that run on your iPad. Each apps is represented by an icon on the iPad home screen.

This section describes:

  1. How to purchase apps.
  2. How to delete apps.

Unlike your desktop, all applications for the iPad are purchased and downloaded using a single application known as the App Store.

To purchase an app:

  1. Open the App Store by touching the App Store icon.
  2. If you know the name of the app, touch the search bar and enter the name.
  3. Touch Search.
  4. Touch the price of the app (e.g. if the app is free, touch FREE).
  5. Touch INSTALL.
  6. When prompted, enter the password associated with the displayed Apple ID. When the app has downloaded, the price button changed to OPEN.

When you purchase an app, that app is associated  with the Apple ID that was used to purchase the app. When you wish to update that app, you will need to know the password for the Apple ID for which it is associated.

Note: if you are not able to recover an Apple ID password associated with an app, the only way to update the app is to delete it and re-purchase it from the App Store using an Apple ID that you do know.

To check which Apple ID is being used by the App Store, see Settings > iTunes & Apps Store.

To delete an app from the iPad:

  1. Begin by touching and holding the app. After a couple of seconds the apps begin to jiggle.
  2. You will notice an x in the top corner of any app that can be deleted. Touch the x to delete the app.
  3. Press the home button to stop the apps from jiggling.

Deleting an app from the iPad does not delete your purchase from the App Store. If you decide later that you want to re-install the app you can. This is useful if you need space on your iPad now, you can delete apps (even ones you paid for) to free up space, and re-install them later when you need them.

If you find that your iPad is automatically downloading apps even after you delete them, check your Settings for the iTunes & App Store. Go to Settings > iTunes & App Store. There are buttons to toggle on/off the Automatic Downloads for Music, Apps, iBooks, and Updates.

Settings > iTunes & App Store