iPad Basics: How To Get Back an App You Delete on the iPad

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iPad App Store Purchased Area

Here’s an iPad Basics sort of question that I’ve seen asked frequently on forums and when talking about the iPad with friends and acquaintances:

How do you get back an app that you’ve deleted from the iPad?

Happily, it’s very easy to do. There are two ways to do this. First lets rundown the quickest and easiest way:

— Open the App Store app on your iPad.

— Tap on the Purchased icon in the bottom nav bar (the one that begins with Featured and ends with Updates)

— At the top of this screen you’ll see that you can toggle the view between showing All purchased apps or ‘Not on This iPad’ – the latter generally being helpful for tracking down an app that’s been uninstalled more quickly.

iPad App Store Purchased Section

— Just below that on the left-hand side of the screen you’ve got a button to toggle between seeing iPad and iPhone apps in the results. It’s useful to remember that’s there if you’ve ever installed any iPhone apps – because they won’t show up in the default view, which shows iPad apps only.

— At the top of this screen you’ll see that you can toggle the view between showing All purchased apps or ‘Not on This iPad’ – the latter generally being helpful for tracking down an app that’s been uninstalled more quickly.

— Near the top right of the page there’s a Search bar – generally you’ll start seeing results even before you finish typing the full name of an app.

Once you find the app you want to reinstall via search or just browsing through, you’ll see that there’s cloud symbol with a downward arrow in the middle of it on the right just below the app’s name. Just tap this to download and install the app again. You’ll be asked to enter your App Store password.

If for some reason you don’t like the easiest method, you can also reinstall deleted apps via a sync with your PC – since when you delete an app on the iPad itself does not delete it from iTunes on your PC.

So if you keep your iPad synced on a regular basis with a PC, you can always just sync the app back to the iPad. To do this you should:

— Go to iTunes on your PC, click on the iPad’s name under the ‘Devices’ section in the left sidebar

— Then in the main window on the right-hand side, near the top, click on the ‘Apps’ button (the third one from the left in the sections listing)

— Make sure you’ve got the ‘Sync Apps’ checkbox selected, scroll through the listing of apps (you can use the drop-down to sort by name, kind, date, or size) and make sure you select the checkbox next to the name of the app you want to reinstall.

— Then do a connected or WiFi sync to your PC.

That’s it. With either of these methods you can quickly get deleted apps reinstalled on your iPad.


Patrick Jordan

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