If you've got your hands on an iPhone, an iPad or an iPod Touch, then one of the first features you'll want to make use of is to download apps from the iTunes app store.

Whether it's productivity apps to ensure you get more done, or simply games such as Angry Birds to help you pass the time on long flight or train journeys, there's literally thousand of apps available in the iTunes app store, some free and some paid-for.

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There's two ways to get these apps on to your device. You can either download them directly from using the app store software on the phone, music player or tablet, although it's worth bearing in mind that if you're not within the reach of a Wi-Fi network and you pay for the mobile data you use, it could end up being a more expensive purchase than you anticipated. Alternatively, you can use iTunes on your PC to access the app store and download software. Here's how to do both.

Step one
From your handset, find the 'App Store' icon and tap it to access the store. You can either browser the 'New' and 'What's hot' categories to find an app you like the look of. Alternatively, use the Search button at the bottom left of the screen to look for specific apps. As you type, the app store will offer suggestions. You can either select one of those or continue typing.

Step two
The App Store will display a list of matching apps. Simply tap an app to see a further description of it. You can then tap the 'buy' or 'free button' which is displayed on the right-hand side of the app description screen to download it. You'll be prompted to enter your iTunes password (if you don't already have an iTunes account, you'll need to create one via your PC – there's more on this below). Click OK and you'll automatically leave the app store.

Step three
A new icon depicting the app you're downloading will be displayed on your device's desktop, along with a progress bar. Once the download is complete, the app is available to use.

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  2. Downloading apps via your PC

If you've got your hands on an iPhone, an iPad or an iPod Touch, then one of the first features you'll want to make use of is to download apps from the iTunes app store. There's two ways to get these apps on to your device. You can either download them directly from using the app store software on the phone, music player or tablet, or you can use iTunes on your PC to access the app store and download software. Here's how to do both.

Step four
If you want to download software using iTunes on your PC, you'll need to begin by launching the programme on your machine. Open the Start Menu and select iTunes from the list. Once iTunes has loaded, open the iTunes store by clicking on the link on the left-hand side of the window.

Step five
Now select the App Store, by using the option at the top of the window. From here, you can either chose to view apps specifically designed for the iPhone or iPad by clicking the 'iPhone' or 'iPad' buttons at the top of the screen. You can browser Apple's selections such as 'New and noteworthy' or 'what's hot', or use the charts on the right-hand side that list the most popular paid-for and free apps. Alternatively, if you know what you are looking for, using the search function located in the top right-hand corner.

Step six
Click on an app to check out its specifications and description. If you're happy with it and want to continue downloading it, click the 'buy app' button located on the left-hand side of the screen. For free apps this will say 'free app'. You'll then be asked to sign-in to iTunes using your Apple ID and password. If you already have an account, enter this information and press 'Get'. Alternatively, use Create a New Account if you do not already have an iTunes account.

Step seven
The app will begin downloading. Once it's completed, it can be found under the App tab of your library, which is displayed on the left hand-side of the window. The next time you connect your device to your PC using a USB cable, the app will automatically be copied across, providing the device is set to install all apps. If this doesn't happen, it's worth checking that the device is set to sync all apps from your library and not just certain apps. To do this, click on your device to view the summary page and then chose the 'Applications' tab. From here, you can check or uncheck the relevant settings.

See also: Mobile phones buying advice

  1. Use your handset or your PC
  2. Downloading apps via your PC