How to See When Paid iOS Apps Become Free
The iOS App Store is great for highlighting new and popular apps, but it doesn’t do a great job of letting you know when apps have dropped in price. Luckily, you can use some third-party apps to keep tabs on daily price drops in the app store.
The homepage of the AppShopper website is a mixed feed of all the updates from the app store: new apps, whether paid or free, price drops, and app updates.
A series of buttons at the top of the screen will allow you filter down to just apps that have dropped in price. If you want just free apps, click the free button, otherwise you’ll also see a bunch of apps that are now free, or have just dropped in price but are still paid.
You can also filter your results by category if you’re interested in a particular type of app.
You can also get notifications for apps that you’re keeping an eye on and are just waiting for the price to drop. With AppShopper, you’ll have to sign up for a free account to get these notifications, whereas with the second option, you get this feature with no signup necessary.
After you a sign up for a free account, add apps for which you want to receive price drop notifications to your wishlist. Go to your wishlist and check the Notify me of price drops option.
AppZapp is available as an iOS and Android app. When you first open up AppZapp on your iPhone, you can choose your settings:
- You can choose to be notified about any or all of the following: app sales, new apps, and updates. (You don’t have to sign up for an account to use this feature.)
- You can specify an interest in apps, games, or both.
- You can specify iPhone, iPad, and/or Mac apps.
Once you’ve chosen all your settings and enabled push notifications, you’ll see four main tabs in the app, but the main tab where you’ll probably spend most if not all of your time is the Alerts tab. The tab is divided into two different sections.
Custom Alert: This is where you can see all your custom alerts. This includes apps on sale or for free for that day. You can also filter down by app category.
App & Developer Alerts: This is where you can create custom alerts for specific apps or developers. If there’s a particular app you have your eye on and want to receive notifications for price drops for specific apps.
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