When iOS 6 came out it removed the ability to gift an app directly from the iPad or any iOS device – so you had to got to iTunes on a desktop PC to use the feature.
A recent update to the App Store has brought back this handy little feature. Now we can gift apps directly from the iPad (or iPhone) easily again. There are even a couple of nice new options to go along with gifting an app on the iPad.
Here’s a quick run-through of how to gift an app on the iPad, and those two new options you can use:
– Open the App Store app
– Tap the app you would like to gift, so that you see the popover page for it.
– Tap the Share button at the top right of that app page. That will bring up the sharing options as shown in the screenshot above.
– Tap on ‘Gift’
– That will bring up the ‘Send Gift’ screen – where you’ll enter the gift recipient’s email address and a personal message if desired. At the bottom of this screen you can choose to send the gift today or on a different date – up to 90 days in advance.
Once you confirm your gift details you can now also choose a theme for the gift card that gets sent.
Good stuff, and great timing of course for any of your app-loving family or friends on your gift list.