Use iOS 7 Beta’s New App Store Wishlist Feature To Manage Your App Wants [iOS Tips]

iOS 7 Wshlist Splash

I’ll admit it. I really like buying things. I don’t like searching for them, or shopping per se, but I dig the heck out of wanting something, and then buying it. Go figure I end up a tech writer.

One of the ways I keep myself from overspending is to take pictures of items and store them on my iPhone. I do this a lot in book stores, where the number of new science fiction books I want far outstrips my ability to pay for them.

I use a Wishlist on Amazon, too, to track the stuff I want, perhaps later to actually purchase. Who knows?

In iOS 7 beta, you can add any apps you want to a new Wishlist feature, keeping the spending to a minimum, too. Here’s how.

First up, launch the iOS App Store and find an app you really want, but which costs too much for you to just hit the buy button. Note that you can’t add any apps you already own, nor free apps, to the Wishlist in the current iOS beta.

Once you find that app, and tap through to its main detail page, tap on the Share button in the upper right corner, now in iOS 7 it looks like a rectangle with an arrow pointing straight up out of it.

Once you tap that Share button, you’ll be able to send a link to AirDrop, via Messages, Mail, Twitter, Facebook, as a Gift, or just copy the link. If it’s a paid app you don’t own, you’ll also see the option to add to Wishlist, represented by a magic wand for some reason.

Tap the Add to Wishlist button, and a tiny little image of the app’s icon will swoop up to the little Wishlist icon in the upper right hand corner of the screen. Tap on to that little icon, which looks like a bullet list, and you’ll access your Wishlist, complete with the new one you just sent there. Boom!

Now you can “shop” without buying stuff. Hooray!

  • joewaylo

    Sadly the wish list only works for a limited time. ‘Offers In-App Purchases’ would appear on the next window and you’d find out you have to pay $0.99 a level up or $99 at the 10th level.

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