Gift app

My sister-in-law has finally come over to the Dark Side. That is, from my brother’s point of view, who is a diehard Android user. She recently invested in the new iPhone. Now, she has a shiney new phone, but doesn’t know a thing about what apps to get.

So, being the app expert that I am, it is my job to help her find the perfect games, photo editors, and social networking enhancements to make her iOS experience the best it can be. This year, she’ll be getting apps for Christmas.

If you are new to iOS, or have never thought about giving an app as a gift, you may not know how to do so. We have a quick tutorial to explain how to send an app to your friends and family through iTunes on your computer or through the App Store on your iOS device.

How to gift an app in iTunes

Buying an app is as simple as clicking a few tabs and entering your Apple ID.

Step 1: Go to iTunes on your desktop or laptop.

Step 2: Find the app you want to gift.

Step 3: Click the arrow for the dropdown menu right next to the “Buy” tab below the app’s icon.

Gift app from iTunes

Step 4: Select “Gift This App.”

Step 5: Enter the email address of the recipient. You can send an app to multiple recipients. You will be charged for each email address included as a recipient.

Step 6: Include a personal message. This will be included in the email notification that is sent to the recipient.

Step 7: Select the receive date. If this is going to be a Christmas present, send it on Christmas Eve so that it will arrive in their email inbox the next morning.

Step 8: Click the “Next” Button.

Step 9: Select the theme. The email that the recipient receives will have a festive design relating to the theme you pick. For example, the blue Holiday theme features a snowflake.

Step 10: Click the Next Button.

Step 11: Confirm your order and click the “Buy Gift” button. You will be asked to enter your Apple ID and password at this time.

How to gift an app in the App Store app

You can also gift an app to anyone right from your iPhone or iPad.

Step 1: Open the App Store app.

Step 2: Find the app you want to gift.

Step 3: Tap the share icon in the upper right corner of the screen. It looks like a square with an arrow pointing upward.

Step 4: Tap “Gift” from the pop-up window.

how to Gift app from app store

Step 5: Enter the email address of the recipient. You can send an app to multiple recipients. You will be charged for each email address included as a recipient.

Step 6: Include a personal message. This will be included in the email notification that is sent to the recipient.

Step 7: Select the receive date. If this is going to be a Christmas present, send it on Christmas Eve so that it will arrive in their email inbox the next morning.

Step 8: Click the “Next” Button.

Step 9: Select the theme. The email that the recipient receives will have a festive design relating to the theme you pick. For example, the blue Holiday theme features a snowflake.

Step 10: Click the Next Button.

Step 11: Confirm your order and click the “Buy ” button and then the “Buy Now”. You will be asked to enter your Apple ID and password at this time.

Now you can spread holiday cheer to friends and family across the globe by sending the gift of love and technology via iOS.

Have you ever gifted an app to someone? If so, what was the occasion?

  • What abut if the recipient is from another country?, I mean, if I have a US account and the recipient has an account from Mexico, or Perú?

  • what about if I send a gift to another country account?

    • al7oot

      I think you can’t send from US account to UK account.

      • Đức Anh Trần

        You and the recipient need to have an Apple ID that is from the same
        country. Both your Apple IDs needs to be either from US or Mexico.

      • Thats very simple ..we can migrate to another country..to make it same country with the sender..cheers

      • Đức Anh Trần

        Or make one up.

  • sivkai

    “This year, she’ll be getting apps for Christmas.”

    Wow. No offense, but that sounds like the lamest Christmas present. She must be overfilling with excitement to wake up on Christmas to…Angry Birds Star Wars II.

    • jack

      Lol I agree

    • Her “sister-in-law” which means the wife of her brother.

      I don’t think she’ll be waking up excited about what Santa brought for her, since she probably hasn’t believing in Santa in 30 years.

    • Dani Hayes

      Lmao.

    • Thank goodness my sister-in-law is cool enough to appreciate the sentiment.

  • Scott Curry

    Not sure what I’m missing, but in the App Store app, when clicking the Share icon, I don’t get ‘Share’ as an option O.o Could it be because this is a free+ app?

    • You can’t gift a free app. You can only “share” it as you can see on the screenshot you posted (share via message, email, twitter or facebook)

      • Scott Curry

        Off topic: Since I listen to the podcast, getting a personal response always feels like I’m talking to a bit of a celebrity 🙂

        Even more off topic: Now I read all of your posts and comments in your accent….lol

      • Scott Curry

        Wow. 2 down votes for this? What a couple of jackasses.

    • chumawumba

      Who wants something gifted for free?

      • Scott Curry

        I found an app that I knew someone would like, and wanted to present it to them in this type of format, instead of a text saying ‘Hey. Check this out…’ I wasn’t being literal about the term gifting, only using it as the verb to describe the act of giving someone an app from the App Store…

  • JustMeJip2

    can some 1 share with me TweetBot thew new one?? tweetbot is better tha twitter app, JustMeJip2@hotmail.com i can share some apps too 😉 merry christmas to all and have a nice day, btw if some one of the iDB read this EXCELLENT WEB AND EXCELLENT VIDEOS TUTORIALS AND EVERYTHING.

    • Dani Hayes

      To share or gift you would have to buy an app all over again. So why not buy tweetbot yourself if you want to gift or share an app you have??

      • JustMeJip2

        didnt know that, sorry, i thought if i bought an app i could send it to a friend and he just recivied, sorry 4 my bad english.

  • chumawumba

    I couldn’t care less unless I was getting iVIP Black

  • Osama Hamdy El-Sharnoby

    Is there anyway I could gift an app to someone on another store?

  • Timothy McDaniel

    This is great, I have been an IOS device user for 3 years and never knew you could “gift” an app, so thanks for the tutorial. I love learning cool new tips like this.

  • Scot

    What if i already purchased the app and i send it as a gift, then do i hv to pay again?

  • Murphy233

    What does the recipient need to do after receiving the app in her eamail?