A few weeks ago, I wrote about How to Give an App in response to a reader’s question. At that time, you could not give an app directly from your iOS device (iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch).
Just in time for the holidays, though not in time for my earlier article, Apple updated its App Store app to allow you to give an app directly from your device. Even better, you can now delay the delivery of your gift by using the App Store app to give an app. If you give the app from iTunes on your computer you still don’t have the option of delaying the delivery of your gift.
To give an app from your iOS device, open the App Store app and search for the app you want to give. On the app page you will see a sharing icon in the upper left corner. Press it and a sharing screen will open. Press the Gift icon and a sharing screen will open. Fill in the details and choose the date of delivery up to 90 days in advance. You can include a gift message with your app.
Perhaps you’re feeling especially generous and want to give Flight Update Pro to a friend who’s a frequent traveler:
You will then be shown a form where you fill out your friend’s email address (it doesn’t have to be the email address associated with their iTunes account), add an optional message, and then set the delivery date for today or a later date.
iTunes apps are only redeemable in the US iTunes App Store. Apps are non-refundable so make sure that your friend doesn’t already have the app before you give it.
Are you excited about giving apps from your iOS device? Do you like the delayed delivery option? Let us know in the Comments section below!