How to Facebook 'Like', Rate or Review an iPad App

Did you know you can 'like' an iPad app on Facebook? There's a handy Like button on the app's details page in the App Store along with a way to rate and review the app. This is a great way to express either your happiness at what the app does right or your thoughts on what the app does wrong.

In order to Like an app in the App Store, your iPad will need to be connected to your Facebook account. You can do this in the iPad's Settings app by choosing 'Facebook' from the left-side menu and logging into your Facebook account. Get help to integrate your iPad with Facebook.

If you simply want to give an app five stars or write up a review, you won't need to connect your iPad to Facebook.

  • First, launch the App Store.  (Find out the fastest way to launch apps.)
  • You can search for the app using the search bar in the upper-right corner of the app store, but if you recently downloaded the app, the quickest way to find it is to lick on the "Purchased" tab at the bottom of the screen. This will bring up all of the apps you have purchased sorted by most recent first.
  • Tap the app to pull up the full detail page, and in the details section, tap the "Reviews" tab.
  • You can 'Like' an app by tapping the familiar thumbs-up button just under the Details/Reviews/Related tabs.
  • The Ratings and Reviews section contains a block of five stars. You can tap a star to give the app a rating. You do not need to write an actual review to rate an app.
  • If you would like to comment on the app in a review, tap the Write a Review button. There's no need to rate the app before you tap this button. You'll be prompted to rate the app in the review section. After you write the review, tap the "Send" button in the upper-right corner of the review screen to send the review to the App Store.

    Why Review an App?

    While there are no tangible rewards for reviewing an app, it is a great way to give your feedback. Remember, you are giving feedback both to other potential buyers and the app's developer. So if you like the app but have a small wishlist, the review section can be a great place to list out the improvements you'd like to see.

    On the other hand, if you felt the app's description didn't match the actual features delivered, a review can help warn other people before they make the mistake of purchasing or downloading the app.

    Are All of the Reviews Written by Real People?

    If you are preparing to give a harsh review to a really bad app and notice a lot of generic, glowing reviews, you may wonder whether or not actual people are writing those reviews. Unfortunately, there is a thriving marketplace for delivering good ratings and reviews to apps. This is why some newly-released apps have hundreds of good reviews while other apps released at the same time are quite bare in the review department.

    Apple is not Yelp. While Yelp actively searches for fake reviews with a sophisticated computer program, Apple isn't quite so diligent. This is why writing a review or simply giving a rating on a poor app is very important if you want to warn people away from the app. It is easy for people to see all of the four-star and five-star reviews and take their word for it.