How to Restore a Deleted Application on iTunes

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Accidentally deleted that app you really need? Here are three possible ways to recover it.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Computer
  • iTunes
  • Internet connection (optional)

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    Recovering from the Recycle Bin or Dustbin

  1. 1

    Your application may be in the Recycle Bin (Windows) or Dustbin (Mac).

  2. 2

    On Windows, go to your desktop and double click on the recycle bin to open it.

    On Mac OS X, click on the dustbin in the dock to open it.

  3. 3

    If you see the application, drag it onto your desktop and double-click on it to reinstall it. Otherwise, try another method.

    Recovering from your iTunes Folder

  1. 1

    Your application may also still be in the iTunes application storage folder. To get there, right-click on another iTunes application and click on "Show in Windows Explorer" or "Show in Finder."

  2. 2

    Look through the "Mobile Applications" folder for the missing application.

  3. 3

    If you see the application, double-click on it to reinstall it.

    Recovery by Redownloading

  1. 1

    If the above methods don't work, you can always redownload the application from the iTunes store. First, open iTunes and click "iTunes Store" in the sidebar.

  2. 2

    Search for the application you want to download again in the search box.

  3. 3

    If it is a paid application, make sure you are signed into the iTunes account that originally bought the application by using the "Store" menu.

  4. 4

    On the application's store page, press the either the "Get App" or "Buy App" button. If it is a paid application, iTunes will say that you already bought that application, and you can download it again for free.

  5. 5

    Click OK, and it should begin to download.

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