Apple Makes Changes To App Review Prompts

Apple Makes Changes To App Review Prompts

In-app rating prompts are a thing with Google apps. Depending on the app they’re a nuisance. Often this can be remedied by rating the app but sometimes you already rated it. Apple is curbing app rating prompts from its App Store apps via a change to its rules and an API which allows for rating in-app. The company will follow this up with enforcement.

New App Rules

Developers for iOS are unable to use their own review prompts. The replacement is an Apple-developed API which will keep users in the app. For iOS users—and Android users—when you got the prompt before you were taken to the respective app store and you’d have to review the app there.

“Use the provided API to prompt users to review your app; this functionality allows customers to provide an App Store rating and review without the inconvenience of leaving your app, and we will disallow custom review prompts,” the review guidelines read.

Apple is also putting its foot down on where the prompt pops up and how frequently it appears. The new limit is three time a year and if users review the app that’s it for the prompts. In addition to this, users can opt out of app review prompts entirely via the iOS settings.

So we know what that means for users: the obnoxious review requests are cut down and if they go ahead and review it then it’s gone for good. What about developers? Well, all things point to users being more open to review the app if they know the app review prompts are never coming back.

That is if the user enjoys the app or finds it useful and leaves a favorable review.

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Starting with Kabir News in 2013, James has focused on tech, gaming, and entertainment. When not writing, he enjoys catching up on sci-fi and horror shows and comics. He can be followed on Twitter @MetalSwift.

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