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iOS 7 tip: How to re-download apps, music, movies, and TV shows

So, did you just delete an app from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch that you wish you hadn’t? Don’t panic.

Thanks to iCloud and iOS 7, you can get that missing app—or purchased song, TV episode or movie—back in just a few clicks, for free.

Related: Hide unwanted apps from your list of Purchased apps

It’s a great way to conserve space on your device, or to restore your iTunes purchases in case something bad happens to your handset.

Indeed, you can re-download just about anything you’ve bought from iTunes, over and over, so long as you’re logged into the correct iTunes account.

The exception? Apps like Flappy Birds that have been pulled from the App Store for some reason or another.

Same goes with media like TV shows, music, and movies, which is why you’d be wise to back up all your iTunes purchases on a Mac, PC, or external hard drive.

So, ready to re-download? Let’s get started…

For apps (iPhone, iPod Touch):

You can see a list of all your re-downloadable iPad apps by tapping the Purchased button from the App Store application.

For apps (iPad):

For music, movies or TV shows (iPhone, iPod Touch):

For music or TV shows (iPad):

Bonus tip

You can save yourself some steps by letting the iOS Music and Videos apps display all your iCloud media, including songs, TV shows and movies that aren’t stored on your iPhone or iPad.

Tap Settings, iTunes & App Store, find the “Show All” heading, then flick the switches next to “Music” and “Videos.”

Keep in mind, though, that any music or videos you download over your iPhone or iPad cellular connection will count against your monthly data allowance.

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Note: This updated and revised article was originally published in October 2011.