Yesterday in part 1 of this article, I introduced you to the Apple app store and showed you how to download and install an app for your iPhone or iPad. Click here to check that out.
Today, we’ll explore the store just a little more.
At the top of the App Store you’ll see a blue link that says Categories.
Tapping on this will open a menu listing different categories on the App Store. Scroll down on the list to see them all.
Tapping on one will show you a listing of new and popular apps of just that category, like this News category listing.
Near the search box on the right is a symbol with three lines.
This is where you can create a wish list for the App Store. This is only for apps that are paid apps. When you tap on an app, you’ll see the same description and reviews you’ll see on the free apps, but you’ll also see the price listed rather than Get. If you want to save the app for later, hit the little icon in the top right corner of this screen.
You’ll see several options available, like the ability to share the app through Facebook, Twitter, messages or mail on the top line.
On the bottom line, you can see Add to Wish list or Gift, among other things. To save it for later, simply tap Add to Wish List.
You can also scroll down on the Featured screen to see your account information and if you have any credits on your account. This is where you would redeem any iTunes gift cards. You can also send gifts to other iTunes and App Store users in any U.S. dollar amount.
The App Store also has menus at the bottom of the screen.
Featured is like the home page of the App Store and lists apps that are new and popular right now. Top Charts lists all the most popular apps currently, by any category. It is split into two halves, paid and free.
You can choose to filter by category by clicking on the Categories link at the top of the page.
Explore will let you search for apps by categories and subcategories. If you allow the device to have access to your location (you’ll have a warning pop up), the App Store can even give suggestions that are relevant to where you are.
This Popular Near Me feature could be especially helpful when you’re travelling or at a sporting event, to see what is popular with people around you.
If that app is already installed on the device, you’ll see Open by that app. If it’s been purchased but has not been downloaded or has been removed, you’ll see the cloud with the downwards arrow. To install it on your device, simply tap on this icon. If you have a lot of apps installed and just want to see what is not on your device, you can hit the tab at the top that says Not on This iPhone.
The last option in the menu at the bottom is Updates. If you see a number beside this listing, it means you have apps that have updates. You can check for your installed apps under this menu by tapping Purchased, as seen in the image.
To update your apps, tap on the Update icon in this menu. A list of apps ready to update will show up with the word update beside it. You’ll also see an Update All button at the top. You can update individually by tapping each app’s update button, or Update All will update all the apps at once.
You won’t be able to open or use the app until the update is complete. The app icon on your home page will be blackened out and will say updating and installing instead of the name of the app.
You can also set up the apps to automatically update. This is done from the Settings menu on your home screen, under iTunes and App Store.