While iPad and iPhone apps are usually pretty inexpensive individually, it soon adds up - especially if you're buying an app or two a week. There are ways to get paid apps for free, though, and here, we're going to show you how.

If you're on the hunt for a great free game to play, we've got a variety of recommendations in our best free iPhone games and best free iPad games charts. 

Find out when apps are free or on offer on the App Store

With millions of apps in the App Store, developers are constantly trying to find ways to up their visibility, and one of those ways is through price-drop promotions. There are some websites that let you find out what paid apps are currently on offer or cheaper than usual.

Following the closure of our favourite app price-tracker, AppZapp, back in 2018, many of its users have pivoted towards AppAdvice's Apps Gone Free website. While it doesn't provide a way to set up custom searches, it does list three formerly-paid apps on a daily basis.

App Shopper is another good place to find apps that have been reduced in price. If you head over to AppShopper.com, you can see what's new in the iTunes Store in a frequently updated list, as well as the top 200 and, best of all, price drops.

If you go to the What's New tab and then click Popular, Free and Price Drops in the filter menu, you'll see all of the popular apps that have recently been made free.

There are other sites out there, including FreeAppMagic Daily, that offer similar services but the quality is significantly less impressive.

One thing to note about all of these free app offers is that it's still possible that there will be in-app purchases available within the apps.

Premium app giveaways

Sadly, while Apple used to run a Free App of the Week campaign that gave Apple users a premium app for free every single week, the company shuttered the offer with the launch of the redesigned iOS App Store back in iOS 11. 

It's a similar story with Starbucks, which used to provide customers with premium app codes in-store and via the app, but like Apple's offering, this shut down some time ago and there's no hint of a return in the near future.