One of the cool features of the App Store is that it makes it easy to gift an app to a friend or family member. Just as a quick example, my wife has been getting more involved with social media at her job recently and Tweetbot is my new favorite Twitter app for the iPad – so I gifted it to her the other day for use on her iPad.
Happily, doing this straight from the iPad is easy and quick. Here’s how:
— Find the app you want to gift in the iPad App Store and tap on its title to go to its App Store page.
— Tap on the Gift This App link near the top right of the page, as shown in the screenshot above. You’ll then see a popup dialog advising that you need to sign in to your App Store account in order to make the gift purchase. Just tap on Continue and then enter your password when prompted.
— Once you’ve signed in, the next screen will show you summary details of the app you’re gifting – including the app name, price, age rating, and its requirements. This screen also gives relevant details on the gift purchase and reminds you about things you should check. Once you’ve done that, tap Next.
— On the next screen you need to fill in your name (this doesn’t need to be your full name – it can just be Dad for example), the recipient’s name, the recipient’s email address, and a personal message if desired. When you’re done, tap Next again.
— The next screen gives you a final chance to review all the details of your gift. You can double-check the recipient email address, verify the cost of the app being gifted and tap Buy Gift when you’re ready.
That’s it. You’ll then see a confirmation screen letting you know your gift has been sent and offering a button to Gift Again if you happen to want to gift the same app to someone else.
I use app gifting a lot to send promising looking educational apps or fun looking games to my daughter. I hope this basic tip will help out some of you who had not yet become familiar with this feature.