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Reinstalling or Restoring Apps You’ve Already Downloaded


If you have Family Sharing set up via iCloud , it’s possible to share apps you acquire with up to five other family members, without having to repurchase that app.

With or without Family Sharing, you’re able to install an app you acquire from the App Store on all of your own iOS mobile devices that are linked to the same iCloud account, as long as the app is compatible with each device.

Apps you’ve already acquired are indicated by an iCloud icon rather than a Get or Price icon.

To download an app that you’ve already acquired or purchased (without having to pay for it again), make sure the iPhone or iPad you’re currently using is linked to your iCloud account, and follow these steps:

  • Launch the App Store app.
  • Tap the Today, Games, Apps, or Update icon along the bottom of the screen.
  • Tap your iCloud / Apple ID account profile photo in the top-right corner of the screen.
  • When the Account screen appears, tap the Purchased option.
  • Scroll down the list of all apps you’ve previously acquired (or purchased). To install (or reinstall) any of these apps on the device you’re using, tap the iCloud icon associated with the app’s listing.

At the top of the Purchased screen, tap the All tab to view all the apps you’ve purchased to date that are compatible with the device you’re using.

You can also have the option to tap the Not On This iPhone / Not on This iPad tab to view only apps you’ve acquired in the past that are not currently installed on the device you’re using.

From Settings, you have the option of having your iOS device automatically download and install any new (and compatible) apps, music, or eBooks purchases made using your Apple ID on any other computer or device.

To set this up, launch Settings, select the iTunes & App Store option, and then adjust the Automatic Downloads options, which include Music, Apps, Books & Audiobooks, and Updates.

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