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How to give an app as a gift

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By Charles Starrett

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Published: Thursday, December 22, 2011
Tips Categories: iPad, iPhone, iPod

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Searching around for some last-minute holiday gifts? If you’ve got any iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch users left on your list, an app might be just the gift they’re looking for. To gift an app, simply open the App Store on your desktop computer or own iDevice, and find the app you’d like to send out. On the desktop, click on the downward-facing arrow next to the app price, and choose “Gift This App”, or if you’re on an iOS device, simply scroll to the bottom of the individual app’s page—if necessary—and tap on “Gift This App”. You’ll be taken to a page where you can enter the recipient’s email, a personal message, and choose whether to have the gifted app delivered by email or—if you’re on a desktop—via a physical page that you can print out and hand to the recipient yourself.  Just make sure you don’t send the app to new owners until after they’ve opened their iOS device.

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Just a reminder, you can’t gift apps across international boundaries. Meaning, if you are in the US and want to give an app to a friend in Canada, for example, you can’t. You also can’t gift Mac apps at this time, which is a total bummer.

Posted by g33kboi on December 22, 2011 at 9:50 AM (PDT)

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Also, at least in the UK, you can’t gift apps unless you have a credit card registered against your account. Even if you have sufficient funds against your iTunes account to pay for the app anyway, it won’t let you gift without a CC. This is… irritating.

Posted by Jonathan on December 23, 2011 at 1:22 AM (PDT)

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What happens if unknowingly I gave an app that the recepient already have? Will I get a refund or the recepient gets a credit to that amount or recepient gets to choose other app (including self top-up if insufficient)?

Posted by aLieN911 on December 27, 2011 at 1:34 AM (PDT)

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No one is asking what to do if you already have an app that you appreciate so much you would like to re-pay for it as a gift to someone else… Please, help!

Posted by Fabio on June 6, 2013 at 7:16 AM (PDT)

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@aLieN911 (#3): If you gift an app that the recipient already has, they should simply choose to not redeem the gift. Regardless of how you send it out, an iTunes gift is not tied to any specific iTunes Store account or Apple ID until it’s actually redeemed.

The user can always pass the e-mail on to somebody else, or simply send it back to you so that you can do so. You could theoretically ask Apple for a refund in the same manner as for any app you bought yourself—simply go into your own Purchase history, find the gift, and follow the procedure to report a problem, and then fill out the form to request a refund.

@Fabio (#4): You can gift apps regardless of whether you already own them yourself or not, although the option has been moved in the App Store app since this article was written. Tap the sharing button in the top-right corner when viewing an app and in addition to the usual sharing options, you should see a “Gift” option there as well.

Posted by Jesse Hollington in Toronto on June 6, 2013 at 11:05 AM (PDT)

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