This post from MiniTool introduces the App Store (iOS) and Mac App Store and offers an explanation for how to download the App Store on iPhone/iPad, Mac, Android, or Windows 10/11 PC. It also teaches you how to download apps/games from App Store or Mac App Store. List of the most popular apps and games in the App Store is also provided.
What Is App Store or Mac App Store?
App Store, developed by Apple Inc., is an app store platform for iOS (iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch). It is an app distribution and software update platform. Users can discover and download their favorite apps from the App Store on iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. Some apps can be also downloaded on Apple Watch or Apple TV 4 or newer versions. As of 2021, App Store provides more than 1.8 million apps and games. Many free apps are provided in Apple App Store. You can also shop for some paid products in App Store. To find more information about Apple App Store, you can visit https://www.apple.com/app-store/.
Still, Apple Company also provides another app store named Mac App Store. Some of you may be wondering about the difference between the (iOS) App Store and Mac App Store.
Mac App Store, regulated by Apple, is also an app distribution and download platform that lets users find and download apps for Mac. It lets users download macOS apps. To download apps from the Mac App Store, you need to use macOS 10.6.6 or later. The official website of the Mac App Store is www.apple.com/mac/app-store. Mac App Store is equivalent to the Microsoft Store on Windows platform.
Both the apps on the App Store (for iOS and iPadOS) and Mac App Store must be approved by Apple before becoming available on the store.
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Download App Store on iPhone/iPad
In general, the App Store comes with your iPhone and iPad. It is a built-in app on your iPhone/iPad. You don’t need to manually download the App Store.
How to Download Apps/Games from App Store
- You can open App Store on your iPhone or iPad.
- Browse or search for the target app or game that you want to download in the App Store.
- After finding it, you can instantly download and install it on your iPhone/iPad. Double-click the app or game to run it.
Fix App Store Missing on iPhone or iPad
- Open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
- Tap Screen Time and tap Content & Privacy Restriction.
- Enter your restriction passcode.
- Tap on iTunes & App Store Purchases.
- Click on Installing Apps, and make sure the switch next to Installing Apps is ON.
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How to Open App Store on Mac to Download Apps/Games
For Mac users, you can find the App Store for Mac in two places. You can look for the App Store icon in the Dock and click it to open it. If you don’t find the App Store icon on the Dock, you can click the Apple icon at the top-left corner of your Mac screen and select App Store to open it.
To download apps from the App Store on your Mac, you can open the App Store app. Type the target app or game in the search box. If the app is free, you can click the Get button to download the app. If you see a price, you can buy the app from the App Store. If you see an Open button, it means you already bought or downloaded that app, and you can directly open it.
In general, the Mac App Store app is also included in Mac operating system. You don’t need to manually download it.
Can You Download App Store for PC or Android?
The iOS App Store and Mac App Store are not available for PC. If you want an app store to download apps and games on Windows PC, you can use the Microsoft Store app. You can click press Windows + S to open Windows Search to easily search and open Microsoft Store on Windows 10/11. To download applications or games on Android, you can use Google Play Store. If you use a Huawei or Samsung Galaxy phone, you may find Huawei AppGallery or Samsung Galaxy Store where you can browse and download apps and games.
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App Store Online
Instead of searching for apps/games in the App Store, you may also use the online version of the App Store to search for the target app.
- You can visit https://www.apple.com/app-store/ in your browser on your device.
- Click the search icon at the top-right corner, and type the app name that you want to download to search for it.
- Choose the preferred app from the results to download and install it. Please be noted that many apps may be only available on the App Store for iPhone/iPad. If you see a notification like this, you still need to download the App Store on your iPhone/iPad to download the app or game.
The Most Downloaded Apps and Games in App Store
Most Popular Apps in App Store:
- Google Maps
Most Popular Games in App Store:
- Candy Crush Saga
- Clash of Clans
- Call of Duty: Mobile
- Honor of Kings
- Among Us
- Temple Run
- Pokémon Go
- Apex Legends
- Destiny 2
- Halo Infinite
This post introduces App Store and Mac App Store and teaches you how to download App Store or Mac App Store and download apps/games from the App Store. If you need to buy Apple products, you can download the Apple Store app on the App Store for iPhone/iPad/Apple Watch, and then easily find and shop preferred products from Apple Company. Alternatively, you can also visit Apple Store Online to purchase needed Apple products.
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