How to download GarageBand for iOS devices

Apple launched the iOS version of this macOS app in 2011 to allow for an easier, sensational musical experience to its users with similar features to the original app for $6.99 which was changed to the app being available for free by 2017. With the help of Multi-Touch gestures that change iOS devices into a musical instrument and allow for easy editing and access over audio tracks, a series of sample and ‘smart’ instruments, virtual session Drumming kits, Live Loop cells that allow you to create loops real-time and choose from the available pre-recorded audio snippets, Apple has turned GarageBand into the greatest multitrack recording software of the new generation. It even allows for easy import and export of saved files to the macOS where they can re-recorded or edited further. It has taken the music and podcast industry by storm.

In order to download GarageBand for iOS devices, users must always remember that the app is updated regularly and any iOS device not supporting the requirements of the updated version of the app will automatically be unable to find the app in the App Store. However, if you’ve previously purchased/ downloaded the app, you might still be able to download an older version.

Here is a video that will help you in your first time with the application, watch it through and let me know your thoughts about the same:


  • In the App Store, go to the personal account menu.
  • Under the head ‘Purchased’ choose ‘My Purchases’ and search for GarageBand app.
  • You will receive a prompt message asking to download on an older version of the app once found. Click on ‘Download’.
  • You will have the older version of the app back on your phone. 

But, if you are a completely new user, you might have to follow a completely different procedure as listed below:


  • First, check the system specifications of the iOS device you’re operating on (iPhone or iPad) and if they are compatible with the system requirements of the current version of the app.
  • Currently, GarageBand needs iOS 13.0 or later to be compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
  • If your device is compatible with these requirements, you can go to the App Store and search for GarageBand there and download it to your system.
  • But if your device is from a previous generation of iProducts, you might have to either jailbreak which refers to removing the restrictions Apple puts on its iOS to gain control over the system. You can download apps that are not authorized by Apple for your device but also at a risk of breaking down the security measures of the iOS.
  • Instead,  an easier way would be to sign out of your Apple account and sign in to your device with another family/friend/relative’s account who have previously purchased GarageBand and repeat  Method 1.
  • With doing that, you risk less safety of your device and can get an older, available version of GarageBand without much hassle.