Download apps in iTunes on PC

Apple removed App Store from iTunes in 2017. In recent version of iTunes, you can’t download iPhone or iPad apps on your computer any more. iTunes 12.6.5 is the latest version that support allows users to access App Store to download apps to their computer, install apps from computer to iPhone iPad. If you want to download iPhone, iPad apps on Windows computer using iTunes, go to download the old iTunes builds below and install it on your PC.

Note that this old version of iTunes for Mac is not compatible with macOS Mojave.

Install the old build of iTunes on your PC. We use iTunes on a Windows 10 PC in this demo. The same software works on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 as well. If you use iTunes for Mac, you may see some difference in appearance. Click Account from the top menu bar to sign in using your Apple ID. Then click View > Media Kind > Apps to access the App Store. You can then browse through various app categories. You can also do a search to find the app you want to download from the search box at the top right corner.

download apps itunes on windows pc
download apps itunes on windows pc

Click the Get or Download button to download an iPhone or iPad app from App Store to your computer. Once the app has been downloaded onto your computer, you can find it from the App Library in iTunes. Right click on a downloaded app, choose Show in Windows Explorer to open the folder where all the iOS apps are saved on your PC. The default path is C:\Users\your username\Music\iTunes\iTunes Media\Mobile Applications. The iPhone iPad apps are saved as .ipa files on your computer. You can then install it from your computer to your iPhone or iPad.

Installing apps from computer to iPhone iPad

We recommend a third-party iOS device manager to install apps, IPA files from computer to iPhone iPad.

7 thoughts on “Download apps in iTunes on PC”

  1. Apple INC is the worst. all this just to download the only game my son wants to play (garage band) on an old refurbished ipad his mum got him for his birthday. absolutely crazy. never have to go through this with android.

  2. This does not work if you have already installed iTunes thru Win 10 Store. You can delete the Win 10 store version, but when you install 12/6/5/3 version, it will not run.

    Error comes up that “iTunes Library .itl is from a newer version” and the program will not run at all.

    So this is not an applicable fix for “Download apps in iTunes on PC” anymore, as far as I can tell.

    1. Your issue is with library file. Simply move updated one to diffrent location eq. Desktop.
      Copy old library file from Music/iTunes/Previous iTunes Libraries.
      iTunes Library 2020-01-21.itl and rename into iTunes Library.itl

    2. go to “C:\Users\yourusername\Music” and delete the itunes folder. then you should be able to launch the older versions

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