How to Search for an iPad mini App from the iPad mini - dummies

How to Search for an iPad mini App from the iPad mini

Finding apps with your iPad mini is super-easy. The only requirement is that you have an Internet connection of some sort — Wi-Fi or wireless data network — so that you can access the iTunes App Store and browse, search, download, and install apps.

How to browse the App Store on your iPad

To get started, tap the App Store icon on your iPad’s Home screen.


After you launch the App Store, you see five icons at the bottom of the screen, representing five ways to interact with the store. The first four icons at the bottom of the screen — Featured, Top Charts, Near Me, and Purchased — offer four different ways to browse the virtual shelves of the App Store.


The first four icons are described as follows:

  • The Featured section has five tabs at the top of the screen: All Categories, Games, Kids, Newsstand, and More in portrait mode. In landscape mode, the Newsstand category is missing.

  • The Top Charts section offers lists of the Top Paid iPad apps and the Top Free iPad apps. These are, of course, the most popular apps that either cost money or don’t. The Top Grossing apps also appear here. If you wonder how a free app can appear on this list, the gross includes revenue from in-app purchases.

  • In the upper-left corner of the Top Charts screen is a Categories button. Tap it and you see a list of categories such as Books, Education, Games, Music, News, and Productivity, to name a few. Tap one of these categories to see the Top Paid and Top Free iPad apps for that category.

  • The Near Me section is kind of cool. In it you’ll find apps with local content, such as newspaper, television, and public transit apps. It’s nice at home but even more useful when you’re out of town. (Note that you must have Location Services enabled in Settings→Privacy for this to work.)

  • The Purchased section displays all your iPad apps — the ones currently installed on this iPad and any that you’ve purchased that aren’t installed. To the right of each app, you see either Installed or iCloud (as shown in the margin). To install an uninstalled app, tap its iCloud button and then type your password.


Most pages in the App Store display more apps than can fit on the screen at once. A few tools help you navigate the multiple pages of apps:

  • Swipe from right to left to see more apps in a category.

  • Swipe up the screen to see additional categories.

  • Tap the See All link at the top of most sections to (what else?) see all the apps in that section on the same screen.

How to use the Search field in the iPad mini App Store

If you know exactly what you’re looking for (or even approximately what you’re looking for), rather than simply browsing, you can tap the Search field in the upper-right corner of the iPad screen and type a word or phrase; then tap the Search key on the keyboard to initiate the search.

How to find details about an app in the App Store

After tapping an app icon as you browse the store or in a search result, your iPad displays a detail screen.


The app description on this screen was written by the developer and may be somewhat biased.

The information you find on the Details tab for an app on your iPad is similar to that info on the iTunes screen on your computer. The links, rating, and requirements simply appear in slightly different places on your iPad screen.

To read reviews from your iPad, tap the Reviews tab. If you scroll to the bottom of the page and see a More Reviews button, tap it to see (what else?) more reviews.