How to Search for iPad Apps - dummies

By Edward C. Baig, Bob LeVitus

One of the best things about the iPad is that you can download and install apps created by third parties, which is to say apps not created by Apple (the first party) or you (the second party). More than 425,000 apps are available in the iTunes App Store.

Once you have launched iTunes from your computer, click the iTunes Store link, and then the App Store Link. Browsing the iTunes App Store screen is helpful, but if you know exactly what you’re looking for, searching is faster. Follow these steps to search for an app:

  1. Type a word or phrase into the Search field in the upper-right corner of the main iTunes window. Press Return or Enter to initiate the search.

    In the figure, the user searched for flashlight. You see results for the entire iTunes Store, which includes music, television shows, movies, and other stuff in addition to iPad apps.


  2. Among your search results, find the category for iPad Apps (refer to the figure).

    If you search for a common word, such as Twilight or Rat, the screen displays choices from Albums, Songs, Movies, TV Shows, Music Videos, and more, so you might have to scroll down to see the iPad Apps section.

    Fortunately, you can also easily filter by media type. Just tap Apps in the Filter by Media Type list near the upper-left corner of the screen, and everything but iPhone and iPad apps disappears from the screen.

  3. Click the See All link to the right of the words iPad Apps in the figure.

    All the iPad apps that match your search word or phrase appear on a single screen.

One last thing: The little triangle to the right of each item’s price is another drop-down list, as shown for the Flashlight app.

This drop-down list lets you give this app to someone as a gift, add it to your wish list (selected in the figure), send an e-mail to a friend with a link to it, copy the link to this product to the Clipboard so that you can paste it elsewhere, or share this item on Facebook or Twitter.