How to Rate an App in the Apple App Store

Give feedback to help app developers and your fellow users

Ever used an app that you truly loved or deeply disliked? Share your opinion with that app's developer, and with everyone else who might use it, by rating the app on the App Store. Rating is simple, quick, and can help others. Here's how to rate an app in the Apple App Store.

This article was written using iOS 13, but the steps apply to iOS 11 and iOS 12, too. For earlier versions of iOS, the same basic ideas apply. The exact steps may be slightly different.

How to Rate an App in the Apple App Store 

To rate an app in the App Store, follow these steps:

  1. On your iOS or iPadOS device, tap the App Store app to open it.

  2. Tap your photo (or icon, if you haven't added a photo) in the top right-hand corner of the screen.

  3. Tap Purchased.

  4. Tap the app you want to rate.

    Choosing an App to rate in the Apple App Store.
  5. Scroll down to the Ratings & Reviews section.

  6. Tap the number of stars you want to give the app. Your rating is automatically saved and submitted.

    Added the wrong rating or changed your mind? You can come back to the app at any time and update your rating.

  7. You can also tap Write a Review to leave a written review of the app. Add an optional title and write your review, then tap Send to add your review.

    Rating and writing an app review in the Apple App Store.

There's no way to review iOS or iPadsOS apps from a desktop computer after Apple discontinued iTunes with macOS Catalina (10.15). If you're running a version of macOS that still has iTunes, though, you can review apps in the App Store section of iTunes.

How to Rate an App in the App Itself

In some apps, you also have the chance to leave a review from within the app itself. Not every app has this feature—the developer needs to add it—but some do.

In that case, a pop-up window will occasionally appear asking you to leave a review. You can dismiss this without a leaving a review, of course, but if you want to leave a review, tap the number of stars you want to assign, then tap Submit. This rating is sent to the App Store just like if you went there directly.

Screenshots of Apple's app-rating pop-up window

Why You Should Rate Apps

You may think about rating your iOS apps, but there are a few reasons that you should consider doing it:

  • Helping other users: Reading reviews and finding out whether an app is good before downloading and using it can save other users time. For paid apps, it also saves them money. Leaving a review helps users get a clear picture of whether the app is good or not, and helps them make a good decision.
  • Helping the developer: Developers needs to know what their users like and don't like in apps. They also need to hear about bugs in the app. Reviews are a direct way to do that.
  • Helping Apple: Apple's App Store search feature and algorithms may be influenced by whether an app is rated well or poorly.
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