Restore Accidentally Deleted Apps on iPhone & iPad

Apr 19, 2012 - 36 Comments

Redownload deleted apps

Don’t freak out if you accidentally deleted an app on an iPhone or iPad, they can be easily redownloaded and restored at anytime:

  1. Open “App Store” and tap on “Purchased” at the bottom of the screen
  2. Tap on the “Not On This iPad” tab at top (or “Not On This iPhone”)
  3. Find the accidentally deleted app in the list and tap the cloud arrow icon to redownload the app, enter Apple ID password when requested

Note: the iPhone and iPod touch needs to tap the “Updates” button and then “Purchased”

The app will redownload and reinstall itself. You will not be charged for redownloading apps that you already own as long as the Apple ID is the same.

iOS apps aren’t the only thing that can be recovered and redownloaded easily though, and this method will work with iTunes Store purchases and Mac App Store purchases as well.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks, Troubleshooting


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  1. Pete says:

    The same menu lets you install apps that aren’t on the phone or ipad too.

  2. 911 says:

    How do you do this on iPhone? I don’t have the ‘purchased’ menu in the app store.

  3. Ben says:

    This doesn’t restore data associated with the app though, does it? That still leaves plenty of reason to freak out.

    • Dori says:

      App data is stored in iCloud so you should be fine

      • pbando says:

        Do you mean that if I delete Angry Birds and reinstall then all my stars and scores will be back? I will try this out. Where is my water has a separate option to store your progress in icloud, probably to sync between devices (at least Im using it to sync between ipad and ipod).

        • Michael says:

          There are some apps which let users choose whether the app data is stored in the device itself or into the iCloud, say ‘SoundHound’. In ‘SoundHound’, there’s an option for you to choose to save history and bookmarks by using iCloud. I guess what ‘SoundHound’ does is that they let the user choose to store the app data up in the cloud. Now, let’s say you have an iPhone and an iPad, and both use the same Apple ID and have installed ‘SoundHound’. If you enable to use iCloud to save the tagged songs and bookmarks, no matter which device you use to tag the songs, the tag history and bookmarks will both appear on your iPhone and iPad (as you use the same Apple ID on both devices and the data is stored in the iCloud).

          So I guess ‘Where’s My Water?’ is doing the same thing.

  4. pbando says:

    What about the in-app-purchases? I tried it 2-3 times and I did not pay for the repurchase of the in-app options.

  5. Emma says:

    Does this work for apps that are no longer available in the App Store? It did not when I tried it last year.

  6. Amy says:

    What about an app that has downloaded files in it? Our download manager has disappeared, along with all the downloaded movies. Can we get this back?

  7. [...] This is what you’d do if you want to reinstall an app you deleted to quickly free up some space on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod that has run out of storage capacity. Likewise, this is the same procedure to restore an app that was accidentally deleted. [...]

  8. Nathalie says:

    THANK you so much.
    Worked a treat.

    : D

  9. Caroline Salmon says:

    I synced my iPad with my computer and several apps disappeared but are on cloud. When I re-installed my password manager (1password Pro), all the data has disappeared. Can I retrieve it ?

  10. Hazlan says:


    Before this i already purchase garmin for my iphone 4s from app store.
    Suddenly i accidentaly deleleted this garmin apps..

    I never back up all this to my pc..

    My question.. If i re-install again from apps store.. Are they charges me again

  11. Pidit says:

    i accidentally deleted my old fb app on my iPhone 3g. Now i cant download new fb app as it requires ios 4.3. How can i get old app that will work on my old phone. Any suggestions???

  12. Leanne says:

    I have accidently deleted my calendar and not sure how to add it back – any suggestions?

  13. Jennifer Crewe says:

    I deleted an app then realised I did need it. It was a purchased one. When I follow the instructions above the app does not show in the not on this iPad button. When I find it in the purchased section the button is greed out and says installed. No cloud button for re-install. I can’t even buy it again as it is showing as installed.

  14. A arrows says:

    Deleted 4od but cannot reinstall as button greyed out. Help!!

  15. Nan says:

    I’ve accidentally the star maker app, and after re-installing, every songs I purchased is gone….. What should I do??

  16. Sarah says:

    Hi there. I accidentally deleted some apps on my iPhone 3G but when I go into the app store and into updates there is no button marked purchases to be able to follow the above advise. Can anyone help me find this please? Many thanks

  17. Deborah says:

    What if u deleted App Store on accident

  18. Zain says:

    hi there i am using iphone 3g, i was using viber on it since July 2012, somehow i accidentally deleted viber :( now am unable to re-install it .. its now saying to update ios 4.3 don’t why cause i used viber without updating to ios 4.3
    please help me

  19. Bernie says:

    Thanks so much for this ……….they don’t make it obvious on i tunes and my Wife’s I pad just got wiped after a software update

    Now all I have to do is recover all her books

  20. Hal says:

    Hi I had the crush saga downloaded to my iPhone 5 & was addicted to it. I got to level 30 & it all of a sudden stopped loading, so I couldn’t play anymore. I delegate the app in an attempt to reinstall it. I went through the App Store where it didn’t have the free logo anymore but install instead. So I did. Again & again & again. The app installed each time but when I wanted to play the game it wouldn’t load. I went into not purchased on this phone & pressed the cloud & reinstalled it & it still appears as an app icon but opens says loading for a few seconds then flicks off back to just showing the icon. It is so frustrating, please can you help & tell me what I need to do. Thanks

  21. Almond says:

    My daughter fiddled around with my pass code for iPhone. Afterwards it automatically reset and I lost all my apps and email settings which is done thru my corporate account. Is there any way I can restore my iPhone to the old settings including my contacts and all other apps? Pls help.

  22. JohnA says:

    After I reinstall a deleted app, I can run it from the search window, but it didn’t reinstall the icon. How do I get the icon back?

  23. Barry Glading says:

    Thank you! Saved my life :-)

  24. Edward says:

    I am attempting to restore a deleted app and in the app store when I click update I do not have a purchased option. All that it shows is that all apps are up to date? I need help

  25. Kizzy says:

    How do I get the short cut back on my screen or do I have to go into the purchased but every time I want to play the deleted game ??? Xx

  26. Brittany says:

    Thank you SO much!! My daughter deleted my favorite app which is no longer available in the same version and I don’t like the new version. I was thrilled to know how to get my app back!

  27. Ziaur says:

    Dear Sir
    I have accidentally deleted my contacts icon(Folder) from i phone 4s .How can Back on screen.Please suggestions me ?

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