How to Reload iPhone Applications

By Chris Anzalone

The Apple iPhone allows you to download and take advantage of custom apps to meet your individual needs. Whether you require a daily planner, advanced GPS or role-playing games, the App Store most likely has something for you. If your iPhone begins to function poorly, forcing you to perform a factory restore, all of your downloaded applications will disappear, leaving you with only the default apps such as Safari and iTunes. Likewise, if a specific app stops working, you may need to delete it and re-install it. You can restore any iPhone applications without needing to purchase them again.

Things You'll Need

  • iPhone USB cable

Using Your Computer

Step 1

Connect your iPhone to your computer using your iPhone USB sync cable (provided with the iPhone), and open the iTunes software. If using Windows, you can find iTunes on your "Start" menu. If using a Mac, iTunes will appear in the "Applications" folder (Macintosh HD > Applications > iTunes).

Step 2

Click the "iPhone" icon in the "Devices" column, on the left side of your iTunes window, indicated by a small, animated picture of an iPhone. When you click it, a series of iPhone options will appear to the right, in the main window.

Step 3

Click the "Applications" tab, appearing along the top of the window, to reveal a list of your applications downloaded from iTunes. Select the applications that you want to reload by clicking the check box beside each one, and click the "Sync" button in the upper left corner. If you originally downloaded your apps on the iPhone itself, and not on your computer, proceed to the next section.

Using Your iPhone

Step 1

Delete the original app(s). If the app still exists on your iPhone, but refuses to work properly, delete it by pressing down on it with your finger until all of the apps on your screen begin to shake. When the shaking begins, click the "X" beside the app(s) you want to delete. Click the "Home" button (beneath your screen) to stop the apps from shaking.

Step 2

Tap the "App Store" icon on your Home screen and tap the "Search" tab. In the "Search" field, enter the name of an app you want to restore and click the blue "Search" button.

Step 3

Tap the app when it appears on the list and click the blue price button in the upper right corner of the application download page. When the button turns green, click it a second time to complete the download. Though the App Store will display the price, Apple will not charge you a second time, since you have previously downloaded the application.