How to gift iPhone, iPad and Android apps
Gifting apps is a cinch. Here are a few different ways to do it
'Tis the season for giving, and what better way to show your modern love than gifting an interesting app? Here are a few different ways to give an iPhone, iPad or Android app this Christmas.
iPhone and iPad apps
iPhone and iPad apps are, hands down, the easiest type to gift. Apple offers a simple option for gifting its iOS apps straight from the iTunes Store. However, if you'd rather kick it old school-style (or you're just totally lost on which apps to pick for your pals), you can just give 'em an iTunes gift card, which can be purchased online or at participating retail stores.
- Open iTunes in your browser, or scoot over to the App Store straight from an iOS device.
- Locate the buy button (beneath the app's logo) and you'll see a drop-down arrow. Click that.
- Choose the "Gift This App" option (it should be the first one). You'll now be prompted to enter a name and email address for the lucky recipient. You'll also have the option to include a festive message. Your gift will then be sent directly to the recipient's email and they can download with just one click. Or, you can print a certificate, stick in a Christmas card and hand it over irl.
Android apps via Google Play Store
Unfortunately, Android apps are a bit trickier to gift, as Google has yet to include a direct option in its Google Play Store. But the search giant does offer gift cards, which can be purchased online or at a participating retail store (you can view the entire list of locations here). Google Play gift cards are available in $10, $25 and $50 denominations and can also be used toward all media (not just apps) available in the Google Play Store.
Android apps via Amazon
Amazon's App Store for Android operates in a similar fashion to Google's in that you're only given the gift card option. But, Amazon offers a few different fun choices for gifting its digital gift cards. These include having it emailed directly to your recipient, posting it straight to their Facebook timeline or printing it out and giving it in person.
Not sure which apps to gift your family and friends this Christmas? Here are seven of our favorites for iPhone, iPad and Android.
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