How to Install Apps From Your Computer to an iPad via iTunes

By Jason Spidle

Sometimes installing apps on an iPad is easier done with a mouse.
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Installing and organizing the apps on an iPad is occasionally cumbersome, particularly if you are installing a large number of apps to several company iPads. You can mitigate this annoyance by installing apps from your computer via iTunes. With this process, the apps are downloaded and backed up to the computer. Then, just drag and drop them to the preferred location on the iPad home screen replica as it appears in iTunes.

Connect the iPad to your computer using the standard USB cable and launch iTunes if it does not open automatically.

Click the "iTunes Store" button and then click "App Store."

Click "iPad" to browse the App Store by category or use the search box to find a specific app.

Select the app you want to install and click the cost button and then "Install." If the app is free, the cost button is labeled "Free." Enter your iTunes password to initiate the download process.

Click the "Library" button. Select the "iPad" device and click the "Apps" tab.

Drag and drop the downloaded app from the "Apps" pane onto the iPad home screen replica and then click the "Apply" button to install the app on the iPad.


You can also click the "Install" button next to any app you want to transfer to the iPad.


Information in this article applies to iPads running iOS 6 and computers with iTunes 11. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.