How to Put an App on the iPhone

By Catherine Hewson

The first Apple iPhone was released in 2007, and Apple has released a new version of the device each year thereafter. One of the iPhone's most attractive features is the ability to download and run apps. There are apps for nearly everything: cooking, investing, weather, sports, video games, news, politics and a variety of other things. You can download apps to your device using either the App Store app on the iPhone or through iTunes.

Step 1

Tap the App Store app on your iPhone.

Step 2

Tap the "Featured" icon along the bottom of the screen to search for apps that are featured; tap the "Categories" icon to search for apps by category; tap the "Top 25" icon to search for the top 25 apps that are free or paid, or are the top grossing apps; and tap the "Search" icon to search for a specific app by name.

Step 3

Tap the icon for the app you want to download.

Step 4

Tap the price or "Free" icon in the upper-right corner of the "Info" window to download the app. If you do not have an Apple ID attached to your iPhone already, you will be asked to sign in with your Apple ID username and password. If you do not have an Apple ID, tap "Create New Apple ID" to create an account with Apple. You will need to provide a credit card number or PayPal account information while creating the account, even if you do not intend to download paid apps.

Step 5

Tap "Install" to download the app. The App Store app will close and an icon for the app you are downloading will appear along with a progress bar beneath it. The app is successfully downloaded when the progress bar disappears. Because some apps are larger than others, download times will vary from app to app.

Tips & Warnings

  • Keep apps up to date by downloading updates. Tap the App Store app and then tap "Updates" along the bottom of the screen. Tap "Update All" to begin downloading the updates, which will then be downloaded and applied to their respective apps.