Thanks to things like iCloud, Apple has made app management much simpler and hassle-free. Remember there was a time when, if you deleted an app, you had to either rely on an iTunes backup or just plain buy the app again if you wanted it so badly?

Things have changed a lot since that time. Now, if you delete an app, you don’t have to worry or panic. In fact, I’ve deleted apps so many times now that the whole thing has become very normal.

If you deleted an app from your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, you can recover the app very easily. Re-downloading the app doesn’t cost you anything if you’ve already bought the app.

How to Restore Deleted Apps on iPhone or iPad

It all stores in the cloud (on your account) so don’t ever worry. Of course, make sure you have iCloud setup at all times so that every inch of the information is safely stored somewhere.

How to recover and reinstall deleted apps on iPhone or iPad from App Store:

Step 1: Open the App Store

Launch App Store

Step 2: Tap on ‘Updates’ from the menu at the bottom

Apps Update in App Store

Step 3: Tap on ‘Purchased’

Purchased Apps from App Store<

Step 4: Now, tap on ‘Not on This iPhone’ menu on top

Not on This Phone in App Store

Step 5: Find the app that you deleted and want to re-install. Tap on the cloud icon and the installation will begin.

Step 6: Alternatively, you can even search for the purchased app on the App Store. When you buy the app (that you’ve already paid for), you won’t be charged.

How to recover and re-install deleted apps on iPad:
Recovering deleted apps on iPad is easier.

Step 1: Open the App Store

Step 2: Tap on ‘Purchased’ from the bottom menu

Purchased Apps on iPad
Step 3:
From the menu on top, tap on ‘Not on This iPad’

Restore Deleted Apps on iPadStep 4: Install the apps that you want back on your iPad and you’re done!

How to restore deleted apps from iTunes on iPhone or iPad:

Step 1: Connect your iPhone / iPad to your Mac/PC and open iTunes

Restore Deleted Apps via iTunes
Step 2: Click on the device (iPhone) and then tap on ‘Apps’ tab on the top

Click on Apps in iTunesStep 3: If you want all apps (deleted, installed etc.) on the iTunes list to be synced with your iPhone every time you connect your iPhone to the computer, click ‘Automatically sync new apps’

Click on Automatically Sync New Apps

Step 4: If you just want to install one particular app, choose the app on the Apps list and click “Install.”

Click on Install to Recover Deleted Apps
If Wi-Fi sync is enabled, your iPhone will download the app even if it’s not connected to your computer.

So that’s how easy it is to recover deleted apps. You can use this feature if you want to hide certain apps when you give the iPhone/iPad to your kids. Reclaiming the apps after you’ve got the iPhone and iPad back is easy!


  • Ulu

    This DOWNLOADS the latest app version. This is OK if the latest version is the one you want. It does NOT RESTORE an older version you may have been using and want to reload onto your iPad or iPhone in advance of upgrading to a more recent app version.

  • Soren Roma

    Well meaningful article

  • iPad guide

    This kind of information is really helpful especially for those users who are still new in this kind of field. Thus, there are sometimes that you don’t intent to delete a certain apps and by this article they can now be able to restore those applications and be able to use it again. It’s a helpful way that you have shared this kind of information to everyone.