What are apps?

Any computer operates on a set of instructions called software.
Software for a particular task is called an Application, often abbreviated to Apps and especially when referring to software for mobile devices.

Most devices come with some built-in apps but additional apps can be added to suit your own needs.

How to Find and Instal Apps on a Mobile Device

In the initial set-up of your device you had to make either a Google account or Apple account and this is necessary to be able to select and install new apps.
Go to the App Store (Apple) or the Google Play Store (Android) by clicking on the store app.


App Store (Apple)


Google Play Store (Android)

There will be a magnifying glass at the top of the app. This is the search function.
Use the search function to find apps that might suit your need by putting in an app name or the thing you wish to achieve.
For example you can put in "Colour Note" as an app name or just 'notes' if you want to look for an app to take notes.

Read the information and reviews about the apps that might suit you

Click on the Get then Download (Apple) or the Install (Google)

The app should then be installed and an app icon added to your device home page or adjacent page if the home page is full.

Australian Government Apps

The Australian Government has made it easier to locate apps related to government services by grouping them on a single website.

Go to this site link.
The links for each app will take you to the Android or Apple app store.
Do not try to load apps that are not from the official app store.

How to Uninstall Apps on a Mobile Device

Not all apps can be uninstalled. There are so called 'factory apps' that cannot be removed but these can be disabled if you do not use them.

On Apple devices, at the home screen, tap and hold any app icon until all the icons start 'wiggling' with a cross on their top right corner.
Tap on the app that you wish to uninstall. Apps without a cross cannot be removed.

On newer Android tablets, at the home screen, tap and hold the icon of the app you want to uninstall.
Tap on the app that you wish to uninstall. Apps without a cross cannot be removed.

On Android phones, you will need to go to Settings, scroll then tap on Application Manager.

In Application Manager, scroll to find the App you wish to remove then tap and hold to open the App Info page.
You will see an Uninstall button under the name of the app which if you tap will remove the app from your device.

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