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How to Undelete (or Reinstall) iPad and iPhone Apps

If you made the mistake of deleting an app on your iPad, iPod Touch, or iPhone; or simply want to restore and reinstall an App you deleted months ago, Apple keeps a history of all the apps you purchased and downloaded for all your iOS devices!  Whether it is a paid app or a free app, you can download the app again at no extra cost.

There are two simple methods to restore, or reinstall that missing app. The easiest method is going through your iPad or iPhone’s app store (Method 2), but you should beware of the bandwidth cost if you are using a 3G data plan and not near a Wi-Fi connection.  For example, popular apps such as Numbers and World Atlas HD are over 100 megabytes.

Method 1: iTunes Sync

You can undelete and restore an iPad app by syncing with iTunes. This method is ideal for reinstalling large apps and those apps you just deleted. For iPad apps that you deleted weeks or months ago, you can still use the ITunes sync, but you may have to go through the iTunes App store and download the app again. The reason I say “might” is that you could have permanently deleted the app; that is, sent the app file to your computer’s recycle or trash bin. Every time you delete an app through iTunes, the program asks you if you want to send the file to the recycle or trash. If this is the case you will have to download the app again. Otherwise, restoring an app might be as simple as checking a box. So let’s begin….

Step 1: Open iTunes on your computer and connect your iPad with the USB cable. (You can do this via iTunes Wireless sync as well but it might take a bit longer depending on your Wi-Fi connection.)

Step 2: iTunes should now sync your iPad and restore your missing app provided it is saved in iTunes. Try locating the app on your iPad once the sync is finished. If you cannot find the App go on to step 3.

Figure 1: iTunes Apps Library

Figure 1: iTunes Apps Library

Step 3: Keep your iPad connected to your computer. Let’s first go over the navigation on iTunes. (See Figure 1: iTunes Apps Library.)  On the left hand pane of iTunes you will see your iPad name listed under Devices. At the very top of the left hand pane, above the list of devices, you will see your iTunes libraries such as Music, Movies, Apps, etc.

Click “Apps” under Libraries on the left hand pane. This will now display all Apps in your iTunes library stored on this computer. This is NOT the comprehensive list of apps you purchased, so do not be alarmed if you do not see the app you deleted in this library. We just have to download the App from your iTunes store if it’s not there. If you see the missing App you want to restore in your Apps library, just go ahead and go to step 4.

(Tip: You can change the appearance of your list of apps from small icons with detailed information to large icons like Figure 1. Just click any of the 4 view style buttons. You will find these buttons on the upper right hand corner of the screen, to the left of the search bar.)

Downloading a missing app: Let’s go your iTunes store and download that missing app. (See Figure 2: iTunes Store for illustrations).

–First click “iTunes Store” on the left hand pane of iTunes.
–Then click “App Store,” found right under the Apple Logo on the top of the iTunes store.
–Next click “Purchased,” under the “App Store Quick Links” on the right hand side.

Figure 2: iTunes Store

Figure 2: iTunes Store

 

Find your App: If you followed the steps above you should now see a comprehensive list of all the apps you have purchased.  (See Figure 3: iTunes Store App’s Purchased.)  Simply find the missing app you deleted and download it again.  To help you find your desire App, lets’ go over some of the features of this portion of the Apps store.

You will see a navigation bar right above your list of apps. On the left hand side you can used the search bar (labeled “Search Purchased Item”). In the middle you will see a toggle switch that allows you to switch between iPhone and iPad apps. (iPod Touch apps are found under iPhone Toggle.) On the right hand side you will a “Sort by” feature that sorts by name or date purchased.

Apps that are currently in your iTunes Apps Library will be denoted with a “Downloaded” button directly under the app name. Apps you have purchased that are not in your library will have a cloud icon. Click this cloud icon to download. You will be prompted for your iTunes account password.

Figure 3: iTunes Store Apps Purchased

Figure 3: iTunes Store Apps Purchased

Step 4: If you are at step 4, we have now determined that the App wish to reinstall is located in your iTunes App Library.  (See Figure 4: iTunes iPad Apps for Illustration)  Let’s get that app back to your iPad. On the left hand pane, click your iPad Name under Devices. Now click “Apps” right under the Apple logo on the top center of iTunes. You will see a menu bar with “Summary, Info, Apps, etc.”

What you should see now if you clicked everything correctly is a list of apps with check boxes under “Sync Apps.” On the far right side of the right hand pane, you should also see a screenshot of your iPad.

Make sure that the “Sync Apps” check box is marked. To restore deleted app, find the app you wish to undelete in this list, and check the empty box to the left of it. Click “Sync” to transfer this app to your iOS device. You will find the “Sync” button at the bottom right hand corner.

To help you find your app you can sort by name, kind, iPad, etc by clicking the drop down menu located right below “Sync Apps.”

One more tip, this is an excellent time to rearrange the icons on your iPad home screens. Simply drag and drop the App icon’s and hit “Sync.”

Figure 4: iTunes iPad Apps for Illustration

Figure 4: iTunes iPad Apps for Illustration

Method 2: App Store on your iOS Device

This is the simplest method to restore apps on your iPad or iOS device. Just make sure you are connected to a Wi-Fi network if you wish to save 3G bandwidth. (See Figure 5: iPad App Store for illustration)

Step 1: Tap the “App Store” icon on your iPad, iPod Touch, or iPhone.
Step 2: Tap “Purchased” located on the bottom of the iPad screen.
Step 3: You will now see a list of all the apps you have purchased. Tap the cloud icon to download the app you wish to reinstall.

You can toggle between iPad and iPhone apps by tapping the appropriate icon. This toggle switch is on the upper left hand corner of your iPad screen. There is a search bar on the right hand corner. Additionally you can choose to see all your apps, or just the ones “Not on this iPad” by tapping the appropriate icon on the top of the screen.  You can also sort by App Name or Most recent by bringing up the “Sort by” drop down menu. The left and right arrows found on the corners of the app screen allow you to switch from one page to the next.

Figure 5: iPad App Store

Figure 5: iPad App Store

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