How to Get Free Apps on the iPad

Four Methods:Using the App StoreUsing the iTunes StoreUsing Cydia (Jailbroken iPads Only)Troubleshooting

The App and iTunes Stores are home to hundreds of free apps and games you can download and install directly to your iPad. If your iPad is jailbroken, use Cydia to access hundreds of free apps exclusive to the jailbreak community that are not available from App Store.

Method 1
Using the App Store

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    Launch the App Store on your iPad.
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    Tap on “Top Charts,” then tap “Free. This displays a list of the current top free apps available from App Store.
    • Alternately, tap on “Explore” or “Search” to browse or search for specific apps.
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    Tap on any app to view more information about that app. Free apps feature a “Get” button, while the buttons for paid apps are labeled with prices.
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    Tap on “Get,” then tap “Install.
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    Enter your Apple ID and password at the prompt. The free app will install itself on your iPad, and display on the SpringBoard when complete.[1]

Method 2
Using the iTunes Store

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    Launch iTunes on your computer running Windows or Mac OS X.
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    Click on “iTunes Store.
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    Click on the “More Options” button at the top left corner of iTunes. This button features three dots arranged horizontally.
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    Select “Apps,” then click “App Store” at the top of iTunes.
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    Click on the “iPad” tab. This displays a list of all apps available for the iPad.
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    Click on “Top Free Apps. This displays a list of all current top free apps available from iTunes Store.
    • Alternately, browse apps by category or enter search criteria to find specific apps.
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    Click on any app to view more information about that app. Free apps feature a “Get” button, while the buttons for paid apps are labeled with prices.
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    Click on “Get” below the app’s icon displayed on the left.
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    Enter your Apple ID and password at the prompt. The app will download and save to your iTunes library.
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    Connect your iPad to the computer using a USB cable.
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    Select your iPad at the top left corner of iTunes.
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    Click on “Apps” in the left sidebar of iTunes, then click “Sync. The app you downloaded will now be synced with your iPad.
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    Eject your iPad from iTunes and disconnect the device from your computer. The app will be available from the SpringBoard.[2]

Method 3
Using Cydia (Jailbroken iPads Only)

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    Launch Cydia on your jailbroken iPad.
    • Follow these steps to jailbreak your iPad if you don’t have access to Cydia. Cydia is an application that allows you to find and install software packages and repositories on jailbroken iOS devices.
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    Tap on “Manage” and select “Sources.
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    Tap on “Edit” and select “Add.
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    Enter one of the following URLs, then tap “Add Source. These URLs are sources from which you can access hundreds of free apps using Cydia.[3]
    • AppCake: cydia.iphonecake.com
    • Apptrackr: apptrackr.org
    • Hackulo.us: cydia.hackulo.us
    • Sinful iPhone: sinfuliphonerepo.com
    • vShare: repo.appvv.com
    • xSellize: cydia.xsellize.com
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    Tap on the back button, then tap on the source you just added.
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    Tap “Install,” then tap “Confirm. The app source, or repository will now be installed on your iPad and display on the SpringBoard when complete.
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    Launch the app source, then browse or search for free apps. For example, if you added the AppCake repository to your iPad, tap “AppCake,” then tap “Browse” to view available free apps.
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    Select the app of your choice, then tap “Install. The app will install itself on your iPad and display on the SpringBoard when finished.[4]

Method 4
Troubleshooting

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    Use a different USB cable or USB port if iTunes doesn’t recognize your iPad. This helps rule out problems associated with a faulty cable or port.
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    Install available updates for iTunes, your iPad, and computer if your iPad still isn’t recognized by iTunes. Outdated software can interfere with your computer’s ability to detect your iPad.[5]
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    Restart your iPad and computer if iTunes still cannot recognize the iPad. This refreshes both devices and helps resolve connectivity problems.
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    Try adding a different repository to Cydia on your jailbroken iPad if the repo fails to work and you cannot download free apps. Repositories are hosted by third parties independent of Cydia, and are not guaranteed to work at all times.

Warnings

  • The act of jailbreaking is not supported or condoned by Apple, and voids your iPad’s manufacturer warranty with Apple. Jailbreak your iPad at your own risk, and understand that Apple is not responsible for damages to your computer or device that occur on behalf of jailbreaking.

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