How to Reinstall an iPad App

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If you're experiencing issues with an application you've installed on your Apple iPad, the best course of action to take might be to reinstall the app. There are instances when apps no longer function properly or an update won't install -- in these cases, a complete reinstall usually takes care of the problem. You can learn how to reinstall an iPad application by following a few steps.

  • Turn on your iPad and navigate to the home screen page your app is located on.

  • Press down on the app's icon until it starts to wiggle, then tap the "x" in the corner of the icon. This removes the application from your iPad.

  • Tap on the "App Store" icon to open the Apple App Store.

  • Type the app's name into the search box and press "Search."

  • Tap on the "FREE" button next to the app in the search results, then tap "DOWNLOAD." The app will reinstall itself onto your iPad.

Tips & Warnings

  • Because you've already downloaded or purchased the app in the past, it will always show up as "FREE" in the App Store. Paid apps you haven't purchased and downloaded before will show a price instead of the "FREE" label.
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