If you've got your hands on an iPhone, an iPad or an iPod Touch, then one of the first features you'll want to make use of is to download apps from the iTunes app store.

Whether it's productivity apps to ensure you get more done, or simply games such as Angry Birds to help you pass the time on long flight or train journeys, there's literally thousand of apps available in the iTunes app store, some free and some paid-for.

See also: How to download and install apps on an Android device

There's two ways to get these apps on to your device. You can either download them directly from using the app store software on the phone, music player or tablet, although it's worth bearing in mind that if you're not within the reach of a Wi-Fi network and you pay for the mobile data you use, it could end up being a more expensive purchase than you anticipated. Alternatively, you can use iTunes on your PC to access the app store and download software. Here's how to do both.

Step one
From your handset, find the 'App Store' icon and tap it to access the store. You can either browser the 'New' and 'What's hot' categories to find an app you like the look of. Alternatively, use the Search button at the bottom left of the screen to look for specific apps. As you type, the app store will offer suggestions. You can either select one of those or continue typing.

Step two
The App Store will display a list of matching apps. Simply tap an app to see a further description of it. You can then tap the 'buy' or 'free button' which is displayed on the right-hand side of the app description screen to download it. You'll be prompted to enter your iTunes password (if you don't already have an iTunes account, you'll need to create one via your PC – there's more on this below). Click OK and you'll automatically leave the app store.

Step three
A new icon depicting the app you're downloading will be displayed on your device's desktop, along with a progress bar. Once the download is complete, the app is available to use.

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